Holiday Card Check Lists?

| January 27, 2011 | Comments (1)

checklistWe may have wrapped and boxed all of the holiday decorations, but there is still a holiday issue that is kind of bugging me: Holiday cards. This year we received less cards than we normally do, not drastically less, but less all the same. Each year it seems to taper down. I figured that people are just sending less cards or none at all, keeping the economy and environment in mind. However, there is another theory I’ve heard: We have been cut from card lists, because we don’t send them out ourselves. Is this the way it works?

Is holiday card etiquette about whether you received a card or not? Doesn’t that seem to be the exact opposite of the spirit of the tradition of sending cards in the first place? I thought cards were sent to people you care about and want to stay in touch with, a little way to let them know you’re thinking of them. Little did I know people keep a list of who they sent cards to with a check box for whether one was received in return, which is used to qualify their list for the next year. If that’s the case, I guess I just have to accept we’ll be seeing less and less cards in our mailbox each year. Our box will never be checked.

November and December are excruciatingly busy months for me at work and when our son was born, I decided that instead of stressing about holiday cards, I’d start sending Valentine’s Day cards. Cute, right? We’ve done it for two years and everyone seems to love it. I figure theystand out a little and brighten up someone’s February. I send them to practically everyone we know. My receipt of a holiday card has nothing to do with how I create my mailing list. I figure if I’m going through the trouble of spreading a little love, I might as well spread it to as many people as I can. I never thought that by doing this I was setting us up to get cut from lists.

I like receiving holiday cards, I don’t want to be cut from lists. After all, holiday cards are (sadly) the only time each year we hear from some friends and family. However, I don’t want to change the way I’ve chosen to do things to make sure we receive a card in return. That’s just silly, right?

How do you make your holiday card list?

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About lisahannemaniac: Lisa is a the lone female in the house she shares north of the city with her talented husband, adorable preschooler and toddler boys, and attention-craving rescue dog. She's been pregnant for about four years, expecting her third child in October 2012. Admittedly not a mom pro yet, Lisa enjoys daily parenting blunders, works full time in fundraising, enjoys reading and cooking, focuses on healthy feeding, strives for green living, plans to start running again soon, and tries to maintain a social life. Check in on her life and her writings about her often nutty, always overbooked life at Hannemaniacs . View author profile.

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  1. mom-mom-mom says:

    Don’t sweat it. (I do love the Valentine idea!) We made the mistake of trying to out-do ourselves with our cards each year and I actually broke out into shingles this season!

    You might get a kick out of this year’s:

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