They are out in full force around this time of year (clue in the title). I like Christmas cards. I don't mind spending a few hours writing them and I like receiving them. I do have trouble picking out the card which will represent us as a family (see this post I wrote last year about all the little faffy bits at Xmas) but asides from that its not the worst Christmas chore. That, without a shadow of a doubt, has to be awarded to wrapping presents.
I hate wrapping presents. I don't get all christmasy wrapping them - I get pins and needles in my feet and I am fully aware I will never ever get the 6 hours it takes (not in one sitting mind) back again. My wrapping is below par. I don't bother with bows, strings or think carefully about whether or not the size of the paper will actually fit the present. I cut a piece and hope for the best. A tag on the present which invariably falls off is about as much as I can rustle up. I don't care if the cellotape is clear or got that yellow tint to it. Who notices this? Some do - including my husband. As I type I am putting off making a start on my wrapping duties. It is beginning to disturb me now. I have wrapping issues.
Back to Christmas cards. Yes, there are some people that do and some people that don't. I used to always write cards to the ones that don't. I thought I will not lower my standards. I am thoughtful and I will send a card to someone that can't be arsed. A few years ago I thought actually I am going to lower my standards and be really childish and play tit for tat. I like this game much better. Wouldn't it be great if everyone did this. I'm sure the Christmas card slackers like to receive cards don't they? What if they never got any cards one year? Would they have a re-think of their can't be botheredness?
A Christmas card is a nice gesture. It means you've taken 5 minutes out of your 'hetic' year to put pen (remember that?) to paper to wish tidings of good joy. I send a card to my deceased grandad's siblings - I don't ever see them but I want them to know they are thought of. I also send cards to my mother's cousins in America - again, I know they enjoy receiving a card from across the pond.
You've trotted down to the post office, put the correct postage, popped on the little xmas stamp and posted a little bit of thoughtfulness. I can hear my sister shouting at this - yes there has been a few occasions I guessed the postage. In my defence I still think first class is 30p and forget about the card size thing - my sister has had to pay to receive her birthday card from me.
Anyway, quickly glossing over that, if you are going to send Christmas cards they should be posted. I hate them kicking around at the bottom of my bag or worse someone giving them to you to give to the person that you're going to see. Invariably you forget or the person forgets to take them home with them. You then become the custodian for someone else's Christmas cards. Post them people. Post them.
I like cards. I like them hitting the doormat. Some say its a waste of paper it only goes into the recycling. Its better to just give the money to charity. What the total amount of about £6 to charity? What about all the tons of wrapping paper? Why wrap presents then? Oh, yes please lets not wrap presents! It only goes into the recycling - in fact, why buy presents at all? That's by far a greater waste of money. This is all just bullshit. If you don't send Christmas cards it is, quite simply, because you can't be bothered.
On the diet front - I have been hungry all this week what with the cold and all. Its Wednesday and I've worked out twice this week. The Biggest Loser and Your Shape today albeit for 20 minutes. Tomorrow I am walking and will do the Wii Dance and, just maybe, start that wrapping.....!
Until next time...