Sunday Thoughts – Christmas Wishes

“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Good Sunday morning, dear friends.  Can you believe this is the last Sunday before Christmas?  The days pass way too quickly for my liking, especially during this most beautiful season of the year.  Although, considering the swiftly moving days, I am just about ready for Christmas.  The house is decorated, baking is almost finished, and the Christmas cards are mailed.  Speaking of Christmas cards, I have something to confess.

Do you keep old Christmas cards?  Oh, I do.  Honestly, I am not a hoarder, but I do keep old cards.  Ones I have received and also ones I have sent.  And, why do I keep them?  I don’t keep them all, they must meet certain criteria.  They must be quite special.  Meaning, the message inside has to be absolutely beautiful.  Each year, I go through them (probably about twenty cards) and enjoy their message and beauty.  They are marvelous enjoyment along with a cookie and coffee.  

Today, I want to share a few with you.  All are from Hallmark Cards and are at least over thirty years old.  Know their message is from my heart and home to you and yours.

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” ~ Alexander Smith

“There is a beloved sameness about Christmas with its familiar carols,

its treasured ornaments and favorite traditions.

Still every Christmas is special, one of a kind, as unique as a snowflake,

as bright as a star, as new as a dream that’s about to come true.”

“May the wonderful feelings of Christmas stay with you long after the gifts are unwrapped,

the tree is taken down, and the ornaments are stored safely away. 

May the once-a-year joy of Christmas return to you in memories throughout the year,

each time tugging at your heart strings. . . each time bringing a smile.”


Dear friends, thank you so much for your visit.  

May the gift of peace, love and joy be yours this Christmas.

And. . .

May Christmas Blessings be with you and those you love during the New Year.


“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” ~ Fred Rogers


 Joyeux Noël,




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24 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts – Christmas Wishes

  1. Absolutely love these photos and the accompanying messages from your wonderful old Hallmark cards. Hallmark cards have added so much joy to our special occasions, including Christmas, always knowing what our hearts want to say even when our brains don’t quite know how to say it.

    Lovely post, Sandra. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. Brenda xo

    1. Good morning, Brenda. Thank you for your kind words and you are so right – my heart and my brain don’t often work together.

      Wishing you a lovely day and a most beautiful week ahead. ❤

  2. Sandra, I am so glad you save your old Christmas cards, too. I must admit, I can not throw them away! Now, that photographs on cards have been popular I especially can not throw them away.
    Last year I sent New Year’s cards because I had my whole family here for Christmas and we made a family photo. This year no one will be here so I have not done cards. But everyone I receive is such a gift.
    You are ahead of me. I have not done any Christmas baking but am hoping to this week. I have a foot injury which has been a huge hindrance.
    Wishing you and your husband a very Merry Christmas!.

    1. Good morning, Bonnie. I am glad you keep Christmas cards also. I know you will miss your family this year, but knowing they are safe in their homes has to be a gift to you. So sorry to hear you hurt your foot, when our feet are hurt it truly is a huge hindrance. Bonnie, have a lovely week and be good to you.
      Wishing you and your family a beautiful and joyful Christmas. ❤

  3. Sandra, I must admit I also save cards. The cards you shared and their messages are encouraging. I know your home is filled with twinkling lights, delightful smells, and most importantly love. Wishing you and Michael a joy-filled week and Merry Christmas!

    1. Good morning, Pam. Yes, our home is dressed for Christmas and the bells are ringing. I know yours is also. Wishing you and your family a beautiful week and a Christmas full of joy. May you make beautiful memories to treasure always, dear friend.❤

    1. Thank you, Rita. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. ❤
      I know you will miss your big family gathering this year.

  4. Good morning, Sandra. I do love to save special cards, and especially love the look of ones by Thomas Kinkade–even the box they come in is lovely and nice for storing gift tags and such. Fred Rogers said it so well; truly, the familiar is what my heart holds dear about this special time of year–the rituals we know well and love is something we can count on (not this year, as we can’t be w/ all the ones we love, but normally). And that is the saddest part of 2020…not being with the ones we love. Thank you for today’s lovely pictures and thoughts, and may you & Mike have a most joyous week ahead. Hugs!

    1. Good morning, Bobbi. I agree with you, the Thomas Kinkade cards are beautiful. And the rituals are truly what we hold dear. We will have our treasured times again and because of this year, they will be even more special. Good things always come from hard times.
      Bobbie, thank you so much for your friendship, kind words and encouragement. Seeing your name is a little gift, even before I read your message. Wishing you and Mike a most beautiful week. Love and Joy to you and all your family. ❤

      1. Sandra, Thank you for such kind words–means the world to me. You, my friend, are such a kind, sincere and thoughtful lady–one that sprinkles happiness wherever she goes. It is truly a joy and honor to have you in my life! You are so right that we will have treasured times again, and they will be all the more meaningful and appreciated. Love ya!

  5. Happy Sunday, Sandra! Such a beautiful post that you have shared with us on this Christmas week. I hope you have a most Merry Christmas, dear friend!

    1. Thank you, Shannon. Wishing you a lovely day and a Christmas filled with joy and wonder. Blessings, dear friend.❤

  6. What beautiful images, Sandra, and equally lovely words. I keep some old cards too — especially very beautiful ones or those that were made by the sender. Like you, I don’t hoard. I save — not all, but some. I send many beautiful Christmas wishes to you both this lovely season.

    1. Thank you, Jeanie for your kind words and Christmas wishes. Thank you also for your friendship. Wishing you and Rick a lovely week and a most beautiful Christmas. And, a New Year full of everything good and wonderful. ❤

  7. Such beautiful images from your old cards. I do keep some of them, too. Others I cut up for gift tags. Some I keep because of the sender. I have some sent to me from my grandparents that I treasure.
    Wishing you a most merry and delightful Christmas, Sandra. I’ve enjoyed coming to your blog this year.

    1. Thank you, Lorrie. That is such a good idea for gift tags. I will remember that. I know you must treasure the cards from your grandparents. I have my grandmother’s cookbook and I love to look through it and see her notes written in her handwriting.
      Lorrie, know I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

      I enjoy your blog as well and learning about your part of the world.

  8. Mi querida amiga, observo que mi comentario de ayer día 21 no quedó grabada y es por eso que no quiero pasar sin decirte lo mucho que me gustó tu publicación.
    Es realmente hermosa en su contenido y en su imagen. Me encanta la idea de guardar las felicitaciones más bellas, eso siempre es un gran recuerdo de los amigos y también de los que nos asomamos a tu ventanita navideña tan bella y tan dulce.
    Te deseo una gran Navidad plena de felicidad, tranquilidad y amor…mucho amor, que el amor nunca se gaste, siempre presente.
    Con amor…Dolores

    My dear friend, I note that my comment from yesterday the 21st was not recorded and that is why I do not want to go without telling you how much I liked your publication.
    It is really beautiful in its content and in its image. I love the idea of keeping the most beautiful congratulations, that is always a great memory of friends and also of those of us who look out of your beautiful and sweet Christmas window.
    I wish you a great Christmas full of happiness, tranquility and love … a lot of love, that love is never wasted, always present.
    With love … Dolores

    1. Dearest Dolores, I am so happy you enjoyed my post.
      Know how much I have enjoyed getting to know you and visiting each other’s blogs. I treasure your friendship even though it is virtual.
      I am wishing you and your family a most beautiful Christmas and everything good and wonderful in the New Year. I continue to pray your arm will heal quickly and you can return to doing the things you enjoy.❤

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