Wednesday, December 16, 2009

No Christmas Cards for You!

For a few years we sent out Christmas cards. Then one year we didn't get around to it. Or the next year. Or the next. And we moved. This year it really, really shows. We've gotten Christmas cards from the chimney sweep, the accountant, the insurance agent and a few friends, but otherwise our mailbox sits neglected and empty -- bereft of Christmas cheer.

I am tempted to send cards. After all, we have more than a few friends that lost track of us when we only had three children. On the other hand, what with five semi-heathens running around, it is hard to find the time to write letters and explain our dropping off the face of the earth for years on end. Or I might just be lazy.

Do you send Christmas cards?

16 comments:

angie said...

Oh, I am so so so glad that we are not the only ones. We used to send Christmas cards, but then we had the kids and blah blah blah....it just went by the wayside. Our mailbox is also looking pretty lonely, except for every Lands End/Eddie Bauer catalog ever printed. Those are all in there.

Ho Hum. Merry Christmas to you though!!!

Becky said...

We sent Thanksgiving cards this year. It sidesteps most of the controversy and they got done while I still had some breathing room. I would like to switch to sending Valentine's cards since it seems like they a- wouldn't be so lost in the shuffle and b- who doesn't want a Valentine?

Michelle Smiles said...

I do but I have gotten lazy. First I shortened my list drastically. I used to send cards to EVERYONE - it was a badge of honor that my card list was so long. I realized one year that I didn't get cards from a lot of those folks any more. So after 2 years of no word, I chopped them off the list. And I used to write either personal notes or a generic letter. Now? I send a photo card with our names preprinted on it. The only thing I do is address the envelopes. And I send out less than 40 these days.

SoccerNerdPunk said...

I do send them. Partially because my husband is excellent at writing a humorous letter about the happenings of the past year and also I enjoy getting them. Although, since we moved this year in the fall, I have only gotten like 4 real cards because no one has our address. I haven't sent any out yet either, so the lack of getting any is probably due to that. I am determined to get them out by tomorrow though! I have heard of some people sending Valentines instead of Christmas cards, because February is a much less stressful month than December. I find this slightly intriguing, especially since there is definitely less to do in the midst of the snowy winter than there is to do right now.

Herb of Grace said...

*sigh* I have Christmas card guilt. In eight years of marriage, we've only sent cards out about four times (I think). This year I began with all the best intentions, but then the pictures (all 12 versions) didn't turn out-- so no cards from us.

The guilt is mostly from my mom, who has sent out Christmas cards in the hundreds for over 20 years and still keeps in touch with friends from highschool, for pity's sake. Did I mention she's turning 60 in a few months?

*sigh*

Sarah said...

We do send out cards. I get the photo insert kind, usually something that has a snowflake/snowman theme since we are Jewish, and just write out names around the printed "Season's Greeting!"

It's quick and simple- the only hard part is getting a decent picture, but that is the beauty of a digital camera.

Amy said...

Christmas cards have been a point of contention around here for years now. I normally skip it, though husband sends to about 100 clients and we take a snap of us with the boys for that. So I help him send client cards, but family cards are generally not sent.

Musings of a Housewife said...

LOL. I do. I send a ton and I get a ton. I love getting them, but I love sending them almost as much. If it was a chore, I know I wouldn't bother.

Marc said...

Isn't that (seasons greetings) what Facebook/blogs are for? Fortunately my wife messes with the cards. While I'm tempted to do the whole newsletter with pictures and stories, the cost of printing out a few dozen in addition to the cost of the cards themselves holds me back. Rather Scroogey of me ...
At work I used to get over a half-dozen, but this year I only got two. I vaguely remember giving out cards for a year or two at work, but I just don't feel motivated to exchange gifts or cards with my co-workers. I still get hit up with chipping in for a gift for my boss though. (Dec. 25th is a fine excuse for picking a man's pocket.)

Spud

Roberta S said...

I quit sending cards for about six years, but five of the hardiest of my friends still hung on, still sent cards. And so now I and my five hardy friends faithfully exchange cards.

But in reading your wee rant and the comments following I'm in there with Becky. I would love to switch to Valentine cards. Feb is a depressing month, a new card theme would be welcome, and I could write some really sappy, but utterly sincere verses in them. And she is right, everyone wants a Valentine, particularly in Febuary - when there's plenty of room on mantel and shelf to display them.

Lenise said...

I've only just gotten back into Christmas cards, and I just do the Snapfish order & envelope stuffing routine. Unfortunately, a lot of the friends I would send them to are online friends like you, whose address I've never had, who is therefore not in my address book, whom I'm therefore prone to forgetting.

Lenise said...

(Thank you 411.com!)

Kathy said...

Uh oh. Looks like I'm in the minority, here! I send cards, along with a half-page Christmas letter. (I figure, why send something just to sign your name in a pre-printed card and not update people on your family?)

I used to mail more than 60, but the number is steadily dropping, especially since we only get about two dozen back each year. I'm with Michelle- I'm starting to cut people off the list.

It's kind of sad; for many people, Christmas cards were the last line we had to relatives and friends.

Kim said...

I did for most of our marriage. But the last couple of years I didn't, and I'm amazed at how quickly the cards coming in have dwindled. I think it's a give to get philosophy with a lot of people. If they don't get, they don't give. Or am I just pessimistic?

Lenise said...

Kim, speaking for the terminally disorganized here, I'm wondering if a lot of people don't get around to putting addresses in their book/list, and get them from received mail. Not that I would have that problem...

Kim said...

lol Well, Lenise, that is certainly another angle to view this from. Could very well be!

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