December 22, 2005

Life Lesson: The Holiday Card

Okay kids, listen up. This is a serious topic. I just want to pass along my accumulated wisdom to my children who will read this someday and marvel at what a genius they had for a father. But I digress. The topic is Holiday cards. Gather ’round and learn…

To all those poor people who are actually organized enough to get their Christmas/Holiday cards mailed out the Friday after Thanksgiving, it happens every year. Inevitably, they get a card or three from someone to who they did not send a card. Now, while they may be organized and feeling smug about their ability to wish others a Happy Holidays Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah Happy Kwanza Happy Ramadan Happy Solstice Happy Festivus Happy Holidays, they are now in the situation that if they do not send a card to this person who was kind enough to send a card to them, they risk looking rude.

I have a better idea. Send Happy New Years cards. This is a great idea for many reasons. First, it allows you one less stressful thing to get done before December 25th. Second, and most importantly, it allows you to see who sends you a card so you don’t leave anyone off of your list. Now, you can address cards during the slow period between Christmas and New Years and still get your card in everyone’s mailbox by the first week of January. And you’ll even include a card to your cousin’s ex-girlfriend’s brother who sent you a card two days before Christmas.

TheMonk and Swee’Pea, remember to put your parents on your list because you won’t be getting a card from us until January 5th.


  1. We have a friend who sends a Groundhog Day letter. It’s great because by February, there’s nothing good in the mail except the Christmas bills. I look forward to it every year.

    And I do the New Year’s cards, although I do them out of laziness and disorganization, not planning. You’ll get one, dontcha worry.

    Comment by Susan — December 22, 2005 @ 3:03 pm

  2. I am one of those people who sends them out the day after Thanksgiving. And I love it. But I, unlike most people who do the same thing, do not care if I get any back. I really don’t. I just love the thought of making someone happy when they open their mailbox. Oh yeah, I also send out pictures of my kids playing at the beach to my relatives in the mid-west. I know, now you hate me. I do like the idea of sending a groundhog day card. HHMMMM maybe I’ll do that too. I love cards. Hey – did you take the babies to meet Santa? Now that would be a great card. Happy Holidays.

    Comment by Melissa — December 22, 2005 @ 3:38 pm

  3. We don’t send cards at all, out of a variety of principles & the fact that we’re way too disorganised:-)

    We get a fair number each year, some of which thank us for ours, which always makes me laugh, but I’m not really bothered about recieving them either. I’d rather talk to people in person/phone/email/blog:-)

    Merry Christmas to you & your family – I’m sure they’ll have a fantastic time.

    Comment by Mrs Aginoth — December 25, 2005 @ 2:25 am

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