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Well, we don't put up a tree anymore -- no one would see it except ourselves and the cats and, unfortunately the cats see it as a challenge whenever we leave the room.

We probably won't do Christmas dinner either. We're too far off the beaten track for our kids to easily visit, at least that's what we tell each other. Actually my son just visited us in October and we had a two-day non-stop chat and enjoyed ourselves, but the girls have their own families and in-laws so we won't see them at all. I've sent gifts already, now just have to send the checks in a Christmas card.

So that brings us down to the cards. So many of our close relations have died in the past few years -- my husband's mother and my mother and many of our aunts and uncles have all passed away. I no longer have anyone to write letters to, but I will send a few cards...to a cousin, to a few friends, to a last remaining aunt. All the younger set just send emails or greetings on Facebook which I guess is okay, although it's nothing to save. But maybe that's a good thing, I have too many boxes of greeting cards we've received through the years and I don't know why I've saved them all these years anyway. I need to clean out closets in January...

So you can see that holidays for me are bittersweet, nothing we expected our lives to be long ago.


We're a send cards family. I guess I'd better get the kids signing them now.... We enjoy receiving them and wonder at the decision making process that sent them our way.

It's a gift to be remembered by someone else.

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