Today’s Tip goes back to the Bible … Give and ye shall receive … and I add this” Don’t and you won’t … especially in genealogy”!
I am a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist when it comes to Christmas cards. I love to send them and I love to get them. Plus it has to be in the mail to ‘count’. While there are a million electronic cards and loads of fun greetings online, I prefer the old postal Christmas cards. I do a family photo or collage each year. Been doing it since Mary Kay and I married W-A-Y back in ’75! Wouldn’t miss a year ….
Now, I am also not one to write a Christmas letter. My father used to write an awesome Christmas poem each year for their card, so a letter never worked for us. Enjoy them, just don’t do them myself.
I begin my Christmas card process very early. I make my list, don’t check it once, let alone twice, and it is now upwards of 200. Family, friends and colleagues. A motley crew for sure, but my Christmas Crew just the same!
They all get the same card …. but I spend a ton of time writing the note each person gets. Personal, detailed, and for family ….. FULL of family news, tree info, and notes. I want them to really get the picture of the work I have done for the past year ….. a story that fits Christmas … a photo if I have found a great one. I tailor each letter to the person or family it goes to. I note something from a conversation during the past year that we might have had or a letter we exchanged. I give them a good dose of genealogy under the cover of Christmas cheer!
I ‘give’ this … in the hopes of ‘getting’ something far better in return. An update from them!
It works wonders! The time I spend writing … I love … so it is no chore! Plus I see it as an investment.
If I get no return (as in a letter or photo or story) I get the return of feeling great having sent a nice card and update.
No matter what, when I give, I receive!
So …. remember …. during this season …. give and you might just be surprised at what you get!
It will warm your heart, I just bet!
Onward To Our Past,