One holiday tradition I particularly look forward to is sending and receiving Christmas cards. Nothing quite marks the passage of time as seeing how much my friends’ kids have grown since the last Christmas card photo. I love seeing where my friends have been this past year, and I smile at the photos of their children and pets. I appreciate everyone who cares enough to send a card with holiday wishes.
This year, in addition to friends and family, I’m sending a special card to a person who, for reasons unknown, is hostile and joyless. She lives nearby, and is disliked by everyone around her. It wouldn’t upset her to know this — it’s been her goal. Other than this woman, I am fortunate to have great neighbors. Anyway, I picked out the prettiest card I could find and am sending it to her. Maybe someone doing something unexpectedly nice will momentarily soften her hard heart. Maybe it will momentarily soften my heart towards her. It can’t hurt. Surely there’s someone similar in your life — a mean neighbor, a backstabbing coworker, a sourpuss relative — try sending them a beautiful card with a holiday wish for peace in the new year and see what happens.