Is There Anything More Tedious Than Writing Christmas Cards?

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Jo W. Profile
Jo W. answered
Hi karmabum!

I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling like a Scrooge so long before Christmas, but I understand exactly what you mean.

It is unfortunate that the retailers began the Christmas season at the end of July this year. I think they are only making it worse for us and themselves.

Your comment about being fed up with Christmas struck me as funny when I read it, because today I feel like Christmas! I actually found myself humming Christmas Carols while doing my chores around the house this morning, and what a good feeling it is for me because I haven't felt this good in quite some time.

I have a suggestion, if you don't mind. My suggestion is that you sit down at the computer and put together a little "Christmas Newsletter" to insert in each of the cards you are sending out (one of my lady friends started me down this path years ago.) Then, as you are inserting the newsletter into the card, if you feel the need to, you can spend a few minutes inserting a handwritten note as well. (I have found that this procedure not only helps me reflect on the good things of the past year, but it also cuts down on the time you spend writing out and sending your cards each year!!)

I'm certain that the information to be passed on will pour out of you with no effort, and when you read it and realize all the wonderful things that you've accomplished this year, you'll feel so much better!

What you do tell everyone how you and those in your family are doing and outline all the fun things you've done this past year -- classes or vacations you've taken, that new puppy or kitten you just got, your new job, etc.

It really makes me feel good to do this because I know that I'm keeping those folks with whom I'm not able to speak with on a regular basis up-to-date on the happenings with the family. And I'm able to use a large font for those in the family who are vision impaired.

My best wishes to you for a WONDERFUL holiday season!!
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Alison Baillie
Alison Baillie commented
Thanks jojoblu - I thought someone would suggest this, and I do appreciate it, but having received similar Round Robins (that's what they're called in England) I couldn't bring myself to do it. I always feel slightly affronted to receive a letter full of self-congratulatory jolliness, and I always end up laughing out loud when I read them. Last year I did think of sending one out as an antidote to the one I had just received from my cousin full of stuff about his over-achieving children and which snotty universities they were attending and how many amazing things they had achieved in the space of one year...my kids and I had a whale of a time constructing it, full of dire news about all the bad things we had done and the shameful behaviour we had indulged in....didn't send it though!
helen baillie-gutteridge
I actually quite like writing Christmas cards because I am Evil. Depending on how I am feeling about a person at this time of year - I choose either a card I think they will like, or one I think they will hate. If they are relatives that I never see, those cousins-in-law for instance, they get the ones that are left over.
See, told you I was Evil.
Alison Baillie
Alison Baillie commented
everyone's getting leftovers this year - I've got hundreds of cards, those little silly ones the girls used to send their friends at school, and I'm sending those. I just don't care any more. I used to spend ages choosing nice cards etc but life's too short and energy is too low...
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Fred Jones answered
Bah humbug. My kids always call me scrooge around Christmas. I really hate how much it is centered around retail and all. I think that Christmas is more about giving. Several years, I asked my kids to just make me something like a picture (art) or something that comes from the heart without costing anything. I was very touched by some of the things they gave me and it meant more to them as it was something they had to really get into. They really enjoyed it as well. I hope you have a truly Merry Christmas and remember the spirit of it all.
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Alison Baillie
Alison Baillie commented
Thanks - and you too! I don't like people asking me what I want, as I actually don't want anything. Not that I don't like presents, but I prefer something spontaneous, however small. I think it comes from years of motherhood, where you have to think of presents for so many people, and everyone asks 'what shall I get for little 'soandso', and then just when you think your head's going to explode, they want to know what YOU want too! Then I think 'why the h&ll should I have to strain my brain thinking of a present for myself?' PEACE that's what I want. I don't even mind if it's not World peace, just peace in MY world!

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