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Thursday, December 18, 2008

I will not be sucked in!

I've had several requests this week for our address and I know it's for Christmas cards. We've also received quite a few in the mail already.

I'm just getting around to addressing ours tonight and I even have a time tomorrow when I can get to the post office without a single child in tow.

But, I'm refusing to get sucked into the reciprocal Christmas card. I'm not going to feel guilty that someone sent us a card when we aren't sending them one. People send them to be nice, not to receive cards in return, right? Right?

My Christmas card philosophy(yes, I feel so strongly about this that I have a philosophy on it) is that Christmas cards are for people whom you aren't going to see during the holidays. Far away relatives and friends.

Back when I was working, I did give Christmas cards to my fellow teachers, and that was mostly a reciprocal thing...but I had time for stuff like that back then. Hubby is giving cards to some of his clients and that's a good business thing.

But, giving them to people we are going to see during this Christmas season? No, I'm not going to do it.

Plus, we did photo cards this year. Most of the people I can think of who have sent us cards so far or who are going to, they don't need a pic of my boys. They'll say oh, how cute, and then pitch it after Christmas, just like I do with the pics of their kids. Is it okay if I admit that? Enough clutter accumulates around here without me keeping all the Christmas cards we get every year. So, yes, if you send me a card that has a pic of your kids on it, it will eventually make it into my trash can. I'm a hypocrite here- it disturbs me to think of my kids' pics getting thrown away...which is why I don't send out their pics to people whom don't have any reason to keep a pic of them around. If you don't want a Christmas card with a pic of your child on it to end up i n my trash can(though, I will admire your child first and display the card for a few weeks), please don't send me one. That will be one less card I have to worry about reciprocating.

This is the beauty of sending out my Christmas cards so late in the season- I can feel bad for just a short period of time for not reciprocating Christmas cards but really can't do much about it, unless I want to send out New Year's cards instead...


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