Here are some excerpts from Conversion Diary's 7 Quick Takes post today.

You may recall from previous years’ ravings that I love Christmas cards. LOVE. I love getting them, I love sending them out — I even love updating our address database and printing labels.

Throughout the year, [our friends] go through their Christmas cards one at a time to pray for the family who sent that card. I just love that tradition, and I think it speaks to the enduring value of Christmas cards, even in the online age. There’s something special about having a physical object that you can hold and feel, like a picture or a card, instead of pixels confined to a screen.

That said, I totally get why some people don’t send them. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t do it. We can’t do it all, especially during the holidays, and some activities have to go, even if they’re great in theory.

One of the things I’ve realized only recently is that I need to find as many liturgical year traditions as possible that are not work for me. Doing Christmas cards, for example, does not feel like work. Each evening I look forward to pulling up my basket filled with envelopes and pictures and our family newsletter and new pens and sharpies. I can’t wait to jot down little messages on the back of the cards and smooth labels onto envelopes, all with a favorite show playing in the background and a glass of eggnog at my side. It truly makes the holiday season more special for me.

Baking, on the other hand, makes me lose my will to live entirely. I know that it would bless my family if our counter were spread with warm cookies and pies throughout the season, but my children lost the mommy lottery on that one. I occasionally make some treats with them because they enjoy it, but you’ve seen how it tends to turn out, and then I feel like I need 10 hours in a Relaxman to recover. I have a friend who is the opposite (hates Christmas cards, loves baking) which makes me realize that the key to maintaining sanity during holiday seasons is to find activities that you genuinely enjoy.  [emphasis mine]

Wise words—easier said than implemented, but wise.

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Here's a new tradition (for me as Mommy) that I'm enjoying very much this year: listening to my kids playing carols on the piano!

Posted by joyful on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Great tradition! I remember those days. :)

Posted by SursumCorda on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Love the tradition of praying for the families that sent cards. Surprised that you don't like to bake. You are such an amazing cook!

Posted by Patti on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I LOVE to bake! The person who doesn't like it is Jennifer Fulwiler, whose Conversion Diary blog I'm quoting from here. Thanks for your kind words about my cooking. :)

Posted by SursumCorda on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm

WOW love the idea of praying over each Christmas card as they arrive!! Merry Christmas to you, Porter and your whole increasing family!! GOD is so very good and this is our first Christmas in SE Asia and w/o our kids and grandkids around us!! Father GOD knows our hearts!!! <3 In HIM, Pami and Tony

Posted by Pami on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:53 pm