Holiday Special III: A Family Holiday

It’s not happening this year, but there have been a couple of times when the right materials, time, and inspiration came to a confluence, and I created some very special holiday greetings.  This was one of them.

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Do you think anyone appreciates me?

As far as I remember (and I actually don’t), this didn’t necessarily result in a spike in the number of cards I received the following year.

Previously:

Holiday Special I: Astro Boy Edition

Holiday Special II: Peanuts on a Wreath

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Peanuts & Curry: Sent to Hong Kong

Usually, I wait until I’ve sent out a few things, before I try to recapture the whole lot of them to share here.  This morning, though, I put something together for a Postcrossing Forum tag trade to Hong Kong, and I just couldn’t wait to share.

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This envelope I made first entered my life earlier this week–through my mail slot–as the cover of a magazine.  As soon as I finished reading the mag, I started sizing up the cover for its possibilities as an envelope.  It turns out the possibilities were quite good!

The Postcrosser in Hong Kong did state a preference for envelopes.  I don’t normally pay any attention to that.  Having seen that she likes Peanuts postcards, I was going to just write, address, & stamp this one, and drop it in the mail “naked,” as the postal deities intended…

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…until I saw this line in her profile, where she suggested what people might talk about in writing to her:

“You could try to tell me…your favorite pizza topping.”

This is exactly the point at which I decided I would make an envelope, and stick my postcard in there–along with a menu from my favorite pizza place.

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I can recommend anything from section 2 of this menu, two of my faves being the Paneer Tikka and the Tandoori Potato.  And as I told this mailing’s recipient, Pizza & Curry is just (I think) the first of many places now in the area that serve up pizzas with Indian flavors.  So good!

I think I’ll order one on Monday.

A List for Santa: Sent to Germany & the Netherlands

And so I have sent 3 more cards off into the world, toward their new homes (or recycling bins)!

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My handmade fish postcard is for a swap-bot trade of handmade fish postcards.  Its recipient lives in Halsteren, Netherlands.  She’s an arts & crafts teacher, so I hope she will not judge my efforts too harshly.

The donut is on its way to a Postcrosser in Paderborn, Germany.  She enjoys traveling, reading, baking, watching movies, and exploring genealogy.  She said she enjoys funny cards–so I hope she finds this card funny!

That ship postcard is setting sail for Lelystad, Netherlands, to a Postcrosser who wrote in her profile that she would like vintage cruise ships.  I can go on at length about what kind of postcards she would like to receive, as she did, but I can not tell you a single detail about the person herself.  The word profile indicates that one is supposed to fill it with some details about oneself, and not have it exist as solely, essentially, as a list for Santa–but we’ve covered this before.

And will again.

I just hope this recipient is not cheezed off over the fact that I marred the back of her new postcard by filling it with lines & lines of a little personal story!

Stamps, stamps, and washi tape:

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Stuffables & Stuff: Received from Japan

** First, a note on the giveaway: NO ONE WANTS IT so far!  All is exactly as I had suspected–but please check it out, & let me know if you would like to stake a claim.**  

Now, look at this beautiful surprise envelope I got from a Postcrosser in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan:

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This Postcrosser, who has been on the site for just over a year & writes in her profile that she has never been overseas, really threw herself into sending something special across the ocean to a person she was assigned through a rather random website click.  Look at that beautiful envelope she fashioned out of a map!  Look at the wonderful things that were inside!

She writes:

“…Utsunomiya there are a lot of specialty shops of pan-fried dumpling.  At first, dumpling was imported from China, pan-fried dumpling is one of popular food in Japan.  Do you know the pan-fried dumpling?  I like delicious it.”

Yes, I know them & like them, too–although with all of the dumplings out there, I do not get to these all that often.  There’s the Chinese name, kuo teh, AKA pot stickers, and there’s the Japanese name, gyoza.  And here I have a story.  I was at a Japanese restaurant just a few days ago (not eating dumplings).  At some point, behind me, I heard what sounded like a teen girl talking about what she planned to order: “I’m going to get the GOYZA!”  Goyza?  I was waiting for someone to correct her, at some point, as she repeated what she was getting, but apparently no one else… sigh.  And I think the waiter humored her by repeating the mispronounciation.  I was hoping someone, ANYONE, in that little restaurant would improve her life by pointing out that “gyoza” is not pronounced “goyza.”  Someone, anyone?  Someone, anyone but me?  Not me.  And not anyone else.

The message on the goyza postcard continues:

“I was put (in this envelope) Pochi-bukuro.  Pochi-bukuro (petit envelope) is often used in Japan.  Especially at New Year’s, there is a custom in Japan that adults give money to children as a tip.  Of course, it may be good for a small accessory or mini card.  Try using this Japanese style envelope in your creative style.

I don’t remember hearing about this Japanese tradition.  Now, I do know the envelopes, known as hongbao, for their use in the Chinese tradition during the Lunar New Year.  I have used hongbao in the past in “my creative style:” I gave a friend a coffee gift card in a little envelope.  He asked me where the money was.  I told him I wasn’t his parent.  A lot of Chinese adults still get hongbao from their parents.  Never having been a Chinese child, I have never received a cash-stuffed hongbao (at least, not that I remember).  I do have a little stash of little envelopes (they are sold at many places in my area, and have a variety of fun designs & famous characters), into which I stuff tiny treasures & junk when I am preparing a package to mail to a friend.

What do you think I should do with these Pochi-bukuro I have been sent?