I don’t know who authored this (I would credit the person if I knew), but I came across this many years ago. Each year, I stick a copy in each Xmas card I send (yes, I still personally pen and send Xmas cards, versus the lazy Ecard digital way everyone else is going. It’s more personal, I think, and more appreciated.) Please share it with your treasured friends and family this holiday season:
The Christmas Card List
There is a list of folks I know
All written in a book,
And every year at Christmas time
I go and take a look.
And that is when I realize
Those names are all a part
Not of the book they’re written in,
but deep inside my heart.
For each name stands for someone
Who has touched my life sometime,
And in that meeting they’ve become
A special friend of mine.
I really feel that I’m composed
Of each remembered name,
And my life is so much better
Than it was before they came.
Once you’ve known that “someone”
All the years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word
Or of a friendly face.
So never think my Christmas cards
Are just a mere routine
Of names upon a list that are
Forgotten in between.
For when I send a Christmas card
That is addressed to you,
It is because you’re on the list
Of folks I’m indebted to.
And whether I have known you
For many years or few,
The greatest gift that God can give
Is having friends like you.