One of the nicest things about the approaching New Year, is receiving cards from family, friends and different well-wishers. In today’s digital age, most of those cards are via email or Facebook and it’s become rare to actually receive a printed card. As for a handmade card? That would indeed be something to treasure…
Whatever the form, it’s delightful to get those beautiful cards to your inbox. Some are expected, but others are a bit of a surprise. So I’m on their mailing list? How fun! is your first reaction. Your second reaction is to read the card and see if it’s original or a rephrasing of the usual blessings for the New Year.
While everyone wishes for health and happiness there are those who manage to phrase it without rehashing clichés. Some use rhymes, others prefer metaphors but both are aiming to get you to really read what they’re writing, and not just briefly scan it; assuming it to be the same old usual blessing.
Well, here’s a lovely new Irish one I learned today: “May God grant you always…A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.”