I just learned that the Dutch really like giving Christmas cards. In a recent survey, it was discovered that the Dutch send out more Christmas cards than any other European nation. They mail 40 cards per average household.

This year, 160 million cards will be mailed and hopefully, delivered.

On a normal day, the postal service delivers 13 million items and during the holidays, they deliver 22 million items.

Not surprisingly, there has been a decrease in using the postal service because of online greetings. In 1999, 210 million items were delivered. That is much less than this year.

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that you get to be with those that you love. There has been a lot of sad news lately and we struggle to find a way to celebrate amidst so much pain. It truly comes down to the basics of life and not the presents, lights or food. All those things are great during the holidays, but we all have a deeper sense of what binds us together. It is all about the people in our lives, whether they are right in front of us or far away.

A few days ago our son told me that he did not want too many gifts this year. He did not need to have lots of presents under the tree. He then hugged me for a very long time and then he sighed on my shoulder. This is a moment that I could not have put a stamp on. Peace to all.

Recommended viewing:  a not so famous Christmas film from 1949:  Holiday Affair starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. I have seen this many times, and it never loses its appeal.

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  • Holly Anne  On December 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Jane, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. You have a terrific son.
    Blessed are you. Holly Anne

  • Leslie  On December 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks Jane. Wishing you and your family a Merry Chistmas and New Year. I’ll be sending you our newsletter via email. we were delayed getting started and it was a difficult letter to write after the tragedy in Newtown. Les

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