Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Demise of the Christmas Card

Yesterday we received our first Christmas card for this season. It is a beautiful photo of my niece's two lovely daughters with a message of Love for this holiday time. Thank you, C., for remembering us and keeping up the card tradition.

Every year I keep wondering how many fewer cards we will receive this year. And I will not be surprised if C's is the one and only. Not complaining, just saying.

Back in early November I found two boxes of Christmas cards in a kitchen cabinet at the family apartment in The Netherlands. I put them out on the coffee table as a reminder that this year I had plenty of time to "write" them and mail them from there. Well, they sneaked their way back into a drawer somewhere in the almost deserted apartment. Needless to say, they are as pristine as I found them. Maybe my sister-in-law will find them and send them while she is staying there. Or maybe I will find them again next winter?

I stopped sending holiday cards years ago. It was just after I discontinued mailing Christmas gifts.

When I moved to Europe in the late 70's and early 80's, I shopped for packable presents for our American family. Then I posted the boxes and hoped they would arrive intact on time. Then I waited and waited. Waited for just a word that the packages had arrived. Most of the time I got no response, so my enthusiasm for shopping and sending packages diminished until I just quit.

Then the same thing happened with sending Christmas cards.

This is not a "Bah, humbug" message. It is just the truth.

If you have read this far into my blog,

Have  a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Seems we are all in the same boat. I must admit I didn't send any either, but we are not alone in that. For many reasons.