Saturday, December 13, 2014

Are Christmas Cards Worth It for Single Women?

by Brenda Rodgers

As a single woman I always felt silly sending Christmas cards.

I had a dozen reasons why I shouldn’t – they cost money, they take time, and then of course the reason that was my reason for not doing a lot of other things, too - Christmas cards are for people with families.

If social media were popular six years ago, I could have also added that everyone knows what I look like now anyway. So why send a card with a picture of me and a dog (except that I didn’t have a dog)?

But despite all of these reservations, every year I found myself sending Christmas cards. With a picture of just me. And a message. A message with a purpose.

I want to encourage you, as a single woman, to do the same.

The Bible specifically tells us that the enemy uses our circumstances to take our focus off of God and put in on ourselves. And what better time for him to do this than at Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Every year as I considered not sending Christmas cards I thought about the one friend who might not have even thought about Jesus throughout the year or during the season. I imagined my card triggering a wondering. And that wondering leading to salvation.

Think of your Christmas cards not as a way to share all of your blessings or lack of aging or your current status. But put the focus back on Jesus and think of them as a way to open your friends’ minds to the idea of our Savior’s birth.

How do I choose Christmas cards? 

1. I make sure they are affordable.

I do not like spending tons of money on Christmas cards.  You can buy find affordable picture cards on any of the popular photograph websites. If you enjoy using photo editing programs like or Photoshop, you can make your on. Or even better, you can get Christmas cards on sale after Christmas and save them for next year. You don't have to be like everyone else. I still love a folded Christmas card without a picture but a handwritten note. 

2. I only look for Christian themed cards.

This goes back to my purpose for sending Christmas cards.  My purpose is to use them as a tool for sharing the Gospel and keep the meaning of Christmas Christ-centered. It's possible that my card is the only representation of Jesus a person holds or hangs on their pantry door. 

3. I choose cards with a fair amount of text space that I can change.

I rarely use the default wording or message that the company uses to advertise the card.  I like to write my own personal message, so I make sure to choose a card that I can change and that has adequate text space.

Do you send Christmas cards?  Please share with me in the comments why you do or don't.

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts. I rarely send Christmas cards simply because of the cost and time it takes to do so. But I love how you say it can put the focus on Jesus!


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