Every year, my husband and I go through the same dialogue.
Me: “Should we send out Christmas cards this year?”
Him: grunt, shrug. “Sure.”
Me: “Will you help me write messages and addresses, put on stamps?”
Him: “No, I don’t think so. Let’s not do cards this year. “
Me: “Hmmm…well…yeah, let’s order some cards. Come sit down and pick out some designs with me.”
One of those things that really stresses me out this time of year is the whole idea of Christmas cards. I know it shouldn’t, but I let it get to me Every.Single.Year.
I think there are a few milestones in a person’s life that can be used as a good excuse to mail out some good-looking photo-card of yourself. These are :
- Look! Our first Christmas as husband & wife!
- Look! Our first Christmas with our new baby! See how cute he/she is in newborn nakedness with that giant Santa’s hat!
- We just moved! Here’s our new address and by the way, see how happy we look in this family photo!
Aside from these above reasons, I think all the other people who send me holiday cards are probably just rubbing it in my face that they are much more organized than I am. (Just kidding, just kidding, dear friends…please keep sending me those beautiful photo cards of your magazine-cover-worthy family).
A few years ago, I finally got some decent pictures of our family and ordered holiday cards on time, even addressed them and mailed them out before New Years. Little did I know what a vicious awful cycle I had just created for myself. The next year, I started a gigantic excel spreadsheet, sending out mass emails to ask for people’s updated mailing addresses. Then this process grew year by year, and last year I even started to keep tabs on who was mailing us reciprocal holiday cards. It turns out that we are not as wildly popular as I had originally thought, so it made me kind of bitter.
So this year, I’m again going through this debate. Do I really need to torture my husband by making him lick 100 envelopes? Can I do the eco-friendly-lazy thing and just send out a “virtual personalized electronic holiday greeting”? Can I whittle down my mailing list to 30 of my closest family and friends? What if people who I didn’t send cards to end up sending me cards, should I have a “B-list”?
Does anyone else have a crazy complicated process for mailing out Christmas cards or is it just me?
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the internal debate I have for what to do with old greeting cards after the holiday season.