So, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I have Christmas on the brain. I’ve started shopping and am about ready to break out the decorations. It’s not that I want to skip Thanksgiving, but dragging out the Christmas stuff takes a sweet forever and I like to enjoy it for a while before I have to put it all away again.
Anyway, we’re sending Christmas cards this year. At least I think we are. I plan to. It’s not something we’ve ever done on a regular basis. First, because we were broke when we first got married. Then we sent them, then we didn’t. I haven’t sent them in a few years.
But last year, Husband put his foot down. As we were receiving card after wonderful card from people we love, he declared that we would begin sending Christmas cards on an annual basis…starting this year.
I’ve never been into the whole stress-over-the-photo-for-the-card or write-a-book-to-everyone thing. But just signing your name on a generic card seems impersonal. At the same time, I have no desire to make my own Christmas cards. At all. Other things, I’ll make. Christmas cards? Nah. In fact, I bought some at the Dayspring warehouse sale in anticipation of our new Christmas-card-sending-
mandate-resolution. They’re cute.
But there’s also the whole how-spiritual-do-you-get thing. I don’t think that not sending a card with the Baby Jesus on it makes you a heathen. I also don’t think that you should have to try to tell the whole Christmas story in a 5x8 piece of cardstock. There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere.
And then there’s the addressing. Some use labels and/or a return address stamp, which I think is perfectly fine (and I will probably do both). Others believe that anything besides hand addressing is a sacrilege.
So I’d love to know what your thoughts are on Christmas card etiquette. What do you do/not do? What do you love/hate? What’s your system for deciding who you send cards to? And when do you send them out? Spill it.
Like I said, ours were purchased in the summer. Now I have to actually get them addressed and in the mail. Maybe I should start now, considering bathroom mishaps have a tendency to delay things around here lately.