Why Christmas Comes to My House for 10 Minutes in October
It’s 85 degrees from where I sit today, but my favorite department store already has aisles dedicated to the most wonderful time of the year. Lights, ornaments and smells fill the shelves and beckon us to bring on the season in all its glory. But it’s October, and to be honest, I’m nowhere near ready to switch from pumpkin to peppermint. Up until a few years ago, I would roll my eyes at all things Christmas in October. But then I made a helpful connection: when the stores roll out the Christmas swag, it’s my cue to send my sponsored child a Christmas card. I order the peppermint mocha, put on the Christmas music and pen words of hope to my sponsored child in the Philippines. It takes ten minutes, tops.
Why Should I Write a Christmas Card in October?
Even though you and I can quickly type a digital letter, our sponsored children still use good old-fashioned paper. Letter delivery is an elaborate and impressive process that I often take for granted. Translation, quality checks, sorting and distribution can sometimes take a few weeks. And although Compassion country offices work diligently to deliver letters in the most efficient and cost-effective way, they sometimes must go the extra mile (literally) to deliver in remote areas.
For example, in Ghana, letters travel dozens of miles by motorbike and boat before they are delivered to children at the Adidome Global Child Development Center. So it’s important to write in October to ensure that your card arrives to your sponsored child in time for Christmas.