The presents have been pur-chased (on-line of course there is no other way) and today I was out getting the 'faffy' bits. That is the cards, wrapping and gift tags. Now there are not many advantages with shopping with a toddler but the buggy acting as a cart horse is one of them. So I stacked my gift wrap on top of the buggy and trugged up the high street. I find the whole what Xmas card shall I send to represent us as a family thing a bit of a chore. By the way, I do like Xmas if that's not coming across, especially with my tree aversion to putting it up on 1st December and all.
I think right I really should put a bit of thought into this. However, I always pick some sparkly Rudolph or Santa inspired childlike card and think that's the one for us. One year I went a bit poncy and got black and white typical English scenes with a splash of red thrown in. I also can't be doing with the fancy wrapping paper - I go for the heavily printed Santa, penguin, Rudolph see through paper I got as a child. I did wrap all the Father Christmas presents in one pattern last year in case the children wondered why he'd used different ones - of course they didn't notice in the slightest. The wrapping paper is communal and does for my presents and hubbies also.
For years I've sent cards to people who can't be arsed to even send a boxed set one. This was nothing personal just a general thoughtlessness and one which shouldn't be excused if you're not a teenager. I thought well I won't let my standards drop and continued to send out cards but last year I thought sod it - I'm going to be tit for tat and not bother my arse either and we can all be thoughtless.
Now, if you are older than a teenager (who are recognised by most countries in the world as being totally self-absorbed) you should be acknowledging your friends/families with Christmas cards - no one is that busy believe me!