It's that time of year! It's Christmas cards season. Hooray! Are you on my Christmas cards list?
My hubby thinks Christmas cards are a complete waste of money. On some level, I agree with him a teensy bit (but don't tell him that).
I do love to get Christmas cards, so I have to be fair and send them out, right? Ok, so I'm justifying myself here, but I'm good with that.
I also get a huge thrill taking my stacks of Christmas cards, filled with the annual Christmas update letter about the family, out to the end of the driveway where our mailbox is. I love stuffing the mailbox full of those card-filled envelopes, closing the door of the mailbox and popping that flag up. What can I say, I'm weird that way.
The hardest part about Christmas cards is writing the family update letter. I know, I can hear it now, "But you're a writer! How can writing a Christmas letter be hard for you?"
Well, it is, OK? When I write for my blog, I mostly write about me and my experiences - "write what you know" is what they say.
The Christmas letter requires me to write about everybody in my family. Sometimes I do a good job, sometimes I do a great job and sometimes the letter is just "meh." Hmmm....very much like my blog, I suppose.
Once I'm done publishing this post today, I'm going to dig in and get that letter written. Right after my second cup of coffee.
Out of respect for my guy, I do try to be as frugal as possible when tackling my Christmas cards project. In fact, my favorite way to save money on cards is to head to Hobby Lobby after Christmas and buy the Christmas cards at half-price or better. Last year, I bought this year's Christmas cards at 75% off. Yay, me.
The other way that I try to save money on Christmas cards is by limiting the number I send out. That's why I ask, "Are you on my Christmas cards list?"
This year, I have three boxes of 18 cards. That's a total of 54 cards, and I only bought 3 sheets of Forever Poinsettia stamps. So, if I fill in with some leftover cards from seasons past, I can send a total of 60 cards.
How will you know if you are on my Christmas cards list?
If I haven't heard from you in a couple of years, you're not.
If Christmas cards are the only way we communicate every year, you're likely to stay on it, especially if you are a reciprocater.
If you are a family member, you're on the list by default. In my family, that's a HUGE number of people, so the number of friends that make the list is limited.
If I really like you, you're on the list.
If you send me a card first, you qualify for the list for this year and next, at least.
Even a former employer made the list for a long time.
Good thing, because the woman that interviewed me, "knew" who I was because of the Christmas cards I sent over the years. They hired me. (There is a valuable lesson in this one, huh)?
I've also been known to put people on my list if they ask me to; no guarantees, just because I do have a budget to stick to, but I have done it in the past.
So who is on your Christmas cards list? How do you choose?
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Luke 2:8-14 (KJV)
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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