Each year I photograph something ‘Christmasy’ and create my own personal and unique Christmas card. Usually I print the cards myself on good quality paper in such a way that the cards are suitable for framing. By doing this, I hope that my cards are not only a holiday greeting, but also a small gift for each recipient.
Occasionally I’ll hear a ‘thank you for the special card,’ or ‘I really enjoyed your card this year.’ However, typically there are no comments or responses; one can only hope the card was appreciated.
One special elderly friend from my home town was the exception. She lived alone and rarely ventured out of her house. Visits from family members, hours of telephone conversations with friends, and the television were her primary avenues for contact and connection with others.
During each of my visits ‘home,’ I would always set aside time to visit this special friend and over the years a strong bond was formed. She always asked about my photography and always commented about my Christmas cards.
She passed away this year.
Recently I received a letter from her daughter. In the letter she thanked me for my ongoing friendship with her mother…and my beautiful Christmas cards. It seems that she found all of my cards collected in a special place. I felt as if I had received a gift when I read her letter; a gift in knowing my cards (and my photography) had been appreciated.
Often we never really know how meaningful or impactful our art can be to others.
May the dove of peace and the spirit of the season be with you and yours this holiday season.
Submitted by Sue Henry