You won't see a Christmas card from us this year. Why? It's not that I hate the holidays (although they're a little bittersweet for me now that I've lost a lot of relatives around them). It's not that I don't care about you, because I do. It's just I no longer care to send by snail mail this holiday sentiment.
Here's why you won't see a Christmas Card from us in your mailbox.
I don't have time to spare-Between blogging, school at home and all the trips to the hospital, I just don't have an extra hour. The daunting task of updating the list causes me to shudder. I need to eliminate things not add.
They're expensive– Years ago, when Rosie was little, we'd have formal pictures taken and turn them into our card. When all was said and done, we probably spent over a grand on the pictures, cards and postage. College is four years away. Gotta pinch my pennies.
No one saves them– Outside of my immediate relatives, no one keeps my kid's pictures on their fridge. So, I spend a lot of money to tell you Merry Christmas with a gorgeous picture that you look at and then flip in the recycling bin. Makes no sense.
I'm going green– Back to #2. If you're just going to recycle my card, why don't I just pass and save all of us the trouble. Better for the environment.
I'm late every single year– One of the lies I tell myself to make me feel better is that people like New Year's cards. Makes them feel special. Here's the truth, every year I order the cards in October and they're still sitting in the box in December. I start to feel guilty so I finally address them. Then they sit until I buy the stamps and con someone in my family to help me. After that, they finally get mailed. Defeats the purpose of it being called a Christmas Card.
You don't send me one– We used to get so many cards, that I'd festively display all of them in the kitchen. So far we've received about a dozen personal cards. Either you no longer like us or you're backing away from this holiday ritual as well.
You've already seen all the pictures– Thanks to social media, you've probably already seen all the pictures of Rosie that I would've put in the card. That totally takes away the element of surprise. Let's just call it a day.
I don't want to recap my year– Ah, the Christmas recap letter. I used to love it. Now, I write over 300 words a week on what's going on with us that you can read at your will and stay up to date. Honestly, the year sucked. How could I possibly spin it any other way to make it sound festive for Christmas?
Did you send cards this year?