We are probably not in the mood anymore to talk about Christmas card scoring, but I wanted to show you this card I got from one of my friends:
I think it's the best Mary/baby card I have EVER SEEN. I find it so TOUCHING, and it seems so REAL. It makes me think of Mary as an ACTUAL PERSON who had an ACTUAL BABY and SNIFFED HIS NECK FOLDS.
I think I accidentally gave the impression on my Christmas card scoring posts that I was opposed to RELIGIOUS cards, but HEAVENS NO. It's PREACHY cards that get huge deductions, and preachy letters, and an overuse of the word "blessings," but RELIGIOUSNESS? No. Many people celebrate one of the holidays PRIMARILY AS a religious holiday, so receiving religious cards seems absolutely appropriate. (Preachy, though, there's no excuse.)
I have a lot of fun card-shopping with my mom each year. She's Christian, so she's always on the lookout for good religious cards of the Christian variety, and she's much pickier than I am about it. Very occasionally, I'll weed out one she likes (this year there was one I thought was too pointed in its wish that the recipient have an "open heart"), but generally it's more likely that she's rejecting the ones I find as being too preachy or lofty or trite or theologically shaky. It's a fun quest. There is laughing, and there is reading aloud.
ANYWAY, we've seen and rejected MANY a Mary-and-child card. This year we rejected one on which the poor baby Jesus was buck naked and chilly-looking, with nary a swaddling cloth in sight. Others make the scene look as if it took place within the shining golden gates instead of in a small grubby barn. Others show what my friend calls a "Mary with attitude," where she appears to be SO OVER this whole thing.
This one looks as if it were pre-electrical lighting, and the baby is snuggled up in sufficient swaddling clothes. It's great. It's by Christian Inspirations, and I was going to link to their site (file under "Links You Did Not Expect to See on Swistle's Blog), but their url leads to one of those "placeholder" sites that tries to sell you things it guesses are related to the site you were trying to find, when the site you were trying to find no longer exists. So, sorry, you're stuck with Attitude Mary or Nakers Jesus.
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