... Opening Christmas letters. I mean wow, it is such an awesome experience! Bearing the bluster and chill and cracking open the mailbox to find those ornate Christmas stamps on the top right corners of each crisp, cream-colored envelope. You hurry back inside, slice open the seal and enjoy the family pictures and Christmas cards. But most of all, you unfold the single piece of copy paper and begin to devour the tiny black symbols that form the anecdotes and updates from each family. Oh, the beauty of the Christmas letter. No other holiday has a tradition so unique. You might never contact the person through the year, but rest assured, one snowy (or rainy!) winter day their annual Christmas letter will be waiting for you, tucked away in the mailbox.
One common closing line on these Christmas letters is something to the effect of "Can't wait to catch up with you and yours this new year!" Yet, we don't visit. We just wait patiently for the letter. But why? Yes, these letters are amazing, priceless glimpses into the lives of our loved ones. However, they will never replace the joy you feel when you meet with these friends in person. Imagine: Slipping and sliding up their icy driveway, stomping your snowy feet on the welcome mat, anxiously ringing their chiming door bell, laughing and boisterously greeting each and every member of the family as you track in melting snow despite your best efforts, miraculously managing to guide your famous dip through the tight hallway and on to the kitchen counter without tripping over the furry friends. You drink. You eat. You laugh. You are happy. Nothing else can bring this joy to your heart. So this year, for the love of Christmastime and all that it stands for, go! Catch up with those long lost friends! Strive to keep your friendship from dulling throughout the year!
4x6, 5x7, 8x10, wallet, and everything in between. Picture sizes. Sizes of life's perfect (or not so perfect) moments. They fill shoe boxes, albums, scrapbooks, frames, walls, hearts. Pictures have irreplaceable, priceless value. They have survived the test of time. Photography is a way to remember the past, preserve the present, and inspire the future.
faith, family, friends, and food <3