Old and New Friends – My Christmas Cards and Connecting

Handmade Christmas Card for Julissa Jumper
Christmas is Wonderful!

One of the best parts of helping people buy and sell houses in Fayetteville, NC is that I have made so many new friends as a result of my business!

I’ll confess that by nature, I’m a pretty shy person. That creates a problem because I’m also very social–I love to be with my friends. Being a real estate agent in Fayetteville has gone a long way towards helping me solve my problem. I’ve made so many new friends and I’m thankful for each one!

Christmas is such a great opportunity to spend time and connect with the people in our lives. I love the get-togethers, phone calls, or even emails and Facebook messages from all my family and friends, as we catch up with each other and pray for God’s favor over the next year. And, I really enjoy getting Christmas cards and putting them all around my house during the holidays! They end up everywhere–on the fireplace mantle, on the secretary, on the island, etc–and they become part of my decorations. I’m sure it’s the same with you.

But, I love to send out beautiful Christmas cards, too. In the past, I’ve usually ordered my cards from Joni Eareckson Tada; I love her work, her ministry and her messages.

This year, though, I had the opportunity to order some handmade cards to send to my friends, and at the same time, re-connect with someone from earlier in my life. The story is pretty simple, but it’s one that I view as a real blessing in my life in the past year.

Handmade Chrisitmas Card for Julissa Jumper
Tweet the Mistletoe!

I friended Cazzie on Facebook some time over the last year or two. We’d known each other during our college days, but not had any contact since then (quite a few years ago!) On Facebook, we had routine contact, the kind you would expect from acquaintances who hadn’t been involved in each others’ lives in the last 15 years or so. But at some point, Cazzie posted that she had developed a real interest in scrapbooking and graphic art work. At about the same time, I had helped a couple of my clients sell their homes in Fayetteville, homes they were pretty attached to after having lived in them for so many years.

I thought that giving my clients scrapbooks of their homes would be a great idea; scrapbooks would help them keep the many memories of their homes and their time in Fayetteville as lasting ones. So, I asked Cazzie  if she could do them, and she did.

They were beautiful! My clients were so pleased with them, and I was very impressed at how creative and artistic Cazzie was. I thought these were some of the best gifts I could ever have given.

Well, sometime after that, I asked Cazzie if she could make Christmas cards for me–I love the thought of handmade cards and thought they were a way to show my friends they are special to me. She said “yes” and then she created some of the most beautiful cards I could have hoped for!

Handmade Christmas Card for Julissa Jumper
Christmas Lasts All Year

It truly is amazing! Each one of these cards is different–no two are alike–and she made 225 of them for me! They are gorgeous, and when I opened the box and sat down on the living room floor to address them, it took me two evenings to get it done! I was so impressed I had to stop and look at each one, read it, and check out the colors, the ribbons and the little trinkets she put on each of them. It’s funny, as I was addressing them, I thought to myself, “I wish I could send this one to me!”

I really am happy that my friends and clients are getting a special card this year. I hope they are as impressed with them as I am, and that the cards get put all around my friends’ houses and become part of the decorations. And, I’m so happy I got to establish a friendship this year with Cazzie.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the cards, if you’d like to check out her work. By the way, if you haven’t gotten one from me, it’s probably because I don’t have an address for you, so just shoot me an email and I’d love to add you to my Christmas card list!

Merry Christmas, and enjoy the cards!