Saturday, November 20, 2010
I must confess, though, that there is one area in which I can become tremendously obsessed: Christmas cards!
Each year, I take excruciating care choosing the perfect cards, stationery on which we'll print our yearly letter (yeah, I'm one of THOSE people who writes an "update" letter!), and return address labels. I even make sure the stamps are festive! Most years, I've even subjected poor Alan and Trixie to donning our Christmas finery, setting the timer on our camera, and taking a photo, which I also include in the envelope!
Here's where the OCD comes in: I make sure I have ALL of this done and in the mail the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Why? Because that means my Christmas card will arrive in the mailboxes of my friends and family on the day after Thanksgiving, the FIRST official day of the Christmas season! Seriously, I NEVER miss! And my loved ones know it, too! One year, we decided to save money and skip the card sending. Just about EVERY card I received that season said something like, "We didn't get your card the day after Thanksgiving! Are you guys OK?" Like I said, it's a sickness!
I guess I put so much effort into my cards each year because I enjoy RECEIVING them so much. I LOVE the beautiful wintery scenes on the front, and the enclosed pictures of growing children in pretty velvet dresses and small bow ties! I LOVE the enclosed letters, telling me what everyone's accomplished over the year, and the plans for the year ahead.
I know most people are MUCH busier than me during the Christmas season. I don't have children's school holiday programs to attend, or dozens of family members coming to my home for Christmas dinner. I really do understand that sometimes, pre-printed cards and peel-and-stick labels are all some can manage. But I genuinely believe that it's a waste of a stamp.
What do YOU think? Am I being ridiculously old fashioned? Do YOU still send holiday cards each year? How do YOU do it? I'd love to hear your opinion! Well, I've got to run. Those envelopes don't address themselves, you know...
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