This holiday season I feel like I’m a cross between Scrooge, the Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman. I love Christmas. I love giving gifts. If I had the means, I’d spend the entire month finding the perfect gift for everyone I know; however, my pot of gold is nearly empty and it’s only December third. That is why I’ve made an executive holiday decision.
I am not sending out Christmas cards this year.
I’ve been married for twelve years and I’ve probably sent out Christmas cards for at least nine of those years. I doubt I sent any cards the year I sat perched on the edge of my couch waiting for my daughter to be birthed, and I’ve thrown a few bonus years into my calculation due to possible social failure.
I love receiving photo-cards, because I enjoy seeing how distant friends and family have grown throughout the year. My only problem with sending cards this year is budget. I spend at least $60 on cards and stamps, mostly on stamps. Sixty extra dollars in my pot would be nice this month. It’s not that my friends and family aren’t worth sixty dollars, because they are so much more important than a handful of gold. There’s just this little thing called a bank account. The fine men and women who run banks don’t like you to spend more money than you have in your account. They can be such grumps.
This year, I’m trying to be creative. I thought that maybe I could record a ‘live’ message from our family, upload it to YouTube, email it around and post it here. Problem solved, right?
Not quite. I mentioned this on facebook the other day and it seemed to hit a nerve. So I ask you, am I stirring social conflict by not sticking a card in the mail?
Are you sending out your own cards?
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