DEAR ABBY: I am writing in response to "Blue at Christmas" (Dec. 13). I think the card-making tradition she has with her niece is beautiful. In a time when so many people are rushed, and so many of us are focused on finding the "best deal" for Christmas, it is wonderful that "Blue" is teaching her niece the importance of thinking of others and spending time with loved ones. I hope they will carry on their tradition because I'm sure many people look forward to those handmade cards and treasure them every year. -- LINDSEY IN GRANITE CITY, ILL.
DEAR LINDSEY: If the avalanche of mail that poured into my office is any indication of how popular homemade cards are, the major greeting card companies had better look out. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: "Blue's" niece does not need to hear that she should quit a project just because some miserable, jealous "friend" makes ugly comments about it. Insulting other people's efforts, while attempting nothing on her own, indicates that the person is unwilling to tap into her own creativity and is jealous of anyone who does.
"Blue" should show those people how much their opinion really matters, which is not at all, and continue their tradition because they enjoy creating the cards together. If they continue, "Blue" and her niece can learn two Christmas lessons: Traditions are worth continuing, and what they think, not what others think, of their tradition is what matters. -- CHRIS IN ATLANTA
DEAR ABBY: I have sent homemade cards for some time, for all major life events. I consider it my "ministry" because when I make them and enclose a personal note in each one, I'm thinking of and saying prayers for the recipient. That poor buffoon who doesn't grasp the significance of a handmade card doesn't deserve to get one. -- MARGARET IN THE SOUTH
DEAR ABBY: I'm appalled that "Blue's" dear friends didn't appreciate the handmade Christmas cards she and her niece created. A pox on them all! But that's too harsh. Those people have already been cursed -- with the taint of commercialism. If a store-bought card is what it takes to impress them, maybe they'll get all they can stand. Meanwhile, "Blue" and her niece should continue their creative and loving efforts and send their blessings to veterans, our troops, children or elders in hospitals and homes, or to others who will appreciate the value of time and love. I know I'd appreciate one of those masterpieces. -- ROSEMARY IN MURRELLS INLET, S.C.
DEAR ABBY: In no way should they stop their tradition just because one "Scrooge" put a damper on things. This is a great teaching moment for the aunt to talk with her niece about human nature, how some people see the glass half-full while others see it half-empty. We should never allow the "half-empties" to steal the joy we derive from the little things in life. -- MELISSA IN SPRINGDALE, ARK.
DEAR ABBY: Looks like we already have a winner for this year's Bah-Humbug Sourpuss Ingrate Award. I could barely comprehend the letter from "Blue," whose insensitive friends did not appreciate the lovely gesture of handmade cards. -- CHERYL IN ELK GROVE, CALIF.
DEAR READERS: I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who sent me handmade holiday cards. They brought cheer to my staff and to me. Thank you! -- LOVE, ABBY