Welcome to my Countdown to Christmas Series. To start at the beginning, click here. I sent my deployed fiance a box with a paper, pin-up Christmas tree and 24 small packages, one for each day until Christmas. Daily (or nearly daily) I will be blogging about the day’s surprise!
Whenever my students complain about writing assignments– which they do a great deal, I get righteously indignant. Writing is not just busy work. Writing is power. Writing changes lives.
John and I met in our college marching band, and we became friends fairly quickly. We ended up going on a date my sophomore year, which completely bombed. It was all my fault– but that’s a story for another time. John graduated, and then I graduated and we continued our friendship online– chatting fairly frequently on AOL Instant Messenger (I feel so old typing that sentence!). John asked me out on another date. Again, I ruined it, and again, that’s a story for another time. And yes, I, in fact, had a crush (of varying degrees) on John throughout college. I really wasn’t trying to ditch him. I just had (and continue to have) no game whatsoever.
Being a normal, rational human being, he figured that I wasn’t interested, and our friendship pretty much ended after the second-date-that-never-was. There was no animosity– we just stopped talking to each other for about a year and a half.
And then, John went to boot camp, and his brother posted his address on Facebook. I wrote John a really painfully awkward letter and let it sit on my kitchen counter for a few days. It sounds exceptionally dramatic, but I swear to you, I knew that if I sent the letter, something life-changing would happen.
Eventually, I dropped the letter in the mail, and after a few weeks, I opened my mailbox to find a letter from John. It melted my heart. I fell in love with John months later, but I fell in love with his writing immediately. I wrote another back, and he wrote back, and soon we were on the phone for five to six hours every night (after he was finished with boot camp, of course).
For this ornament, I designed a letter to look a little like what I send John. In the lower right-hand corner of every envelope I send, I mark the number of the letter, so he can open and read them in order. Currently, I’m writing him #192 tonight, but I thought it was much better to embroider #365 for the facsimile. It’s much more hopeful and happier that way; once he gets letter #365, he’ll be home for good!Check out the template, and make a letter ornament yourself! You could address it to Santa to make it more Christmas-y! If you do, send me a photo! I’d love to see how it turns out for you, and I’ll post it on the blog!PS. See this list of Christmas care package ideas. I think you’ll love them!