When we first had our daughter, we started to send holiday cards to a huge list of people. The first year it served as a birth announcement, as well as a holiday card. The beauty of having a child in November. You kill two birds with one stone (just writing that is terrible, isn’t it? Killing birds, what kind of holiday spirit is that I ask you?) In any event, I realized after I sent them, I completely abhor sending cards. I was a slave to this tradition. Slowly I stopped sending them, and I’m going to tell you the 7 reasons why I no longer send holiday cards!
7 reasons why I no longer send holiday cards
Before kids, I would buy those boxes of cards. You know the ones at the local drug store. The box was filled with cards that had pictures of ugly birds sitting on snow covered tree branches, and little barns in a field covered with snow. Just roll your eyes ugly, right? No one liked these cards, and not person opened it and did anything with it, but throw it right into the recycling bin! After kids? Well, after you have kids, it’s somehow mandatory to put your children’s photos on every holiday card. Not YOUR photo with the kids, just the kids. TORTURE. I hate dealing with taking pictures for a holiday card. I did that for a couple of years, then I switched to pawing through thousands of photos from throughout the year, so I could find that “perfect” photo for the holiday card. WHO THE HELL WANTS TO DO THIS? It’s just stressful. Screw it. I don’t need more stress over the holidays. Mailing out cards was crossed off the to-do list for the holidays!
There’s just too many choices. Have you gone onto a website, and looked at the thousands of options for a holiday card? Just one website has thousands of choices. Now, multiply that by 10, and there’s all your holiday photo card options. Frankly, it gives me a headache. I’d rather drink, and deal with a hangover. At least I’d have had fun leading up to the headache. Looking through thousands, upon thousands, of photo card options isn’t fun. Again, it’s stress. Just another reason to cross off holiday cards from my to-do list!
Cards suck. Plain, and simple: cards just suck. They do. No one reads the words, they just look to see who the card is from so they know who gave them a gift! Then you have this card, and you have no clue what to do with it. Seriously, I don’t know what to do with the ones I’m sent. I feel guilty if I throw them out. I don’t need the guilt. I figure other people don’t need the guilt, either. Let’s just stop sending holiday cards, along with all other kinds of cards. Let’s do a letter instead. Handwritten letters for the holidays, or birthdays. Down with holiday cards!
Cards are a waste of money. Face it: we all waste money on this tradition. Half the people on your list you haven’t spoken to, or communicated with, in years. The only time you send anything is for the holidays. WHY? It’s ridiculous. In an age where we have Facebook, and digital cards, I can see someone’s kids all through the year. No need to waste your money on a holiday card. Trust me.
Postage. I never have stamps. It means at holiday time I’m stuck going to the post office, buying stamps, and then putting the stupid things on each envelope. WHO has time to do this? I don’t. The bonus is I no longer have to lick the stamps, because they are stickers. I still have to buy the stamps, and get the stamps onto the envelopes. If you saw the list of people I used to send cards to, you’d understand how crazy time-consuming this was for me each year. Plus, a whole lot of cash dumped into this process!
LICKING ENVELOPES. Most of the envelopes you get with holiday cards need to be licked, so you can seal them. Well, if you have a sponge, or one of those little sealer things you see in offices. You know the one. It has a tube you fill with water, and a sponge on the top. It’s supposed to make it easier to wet the seal, then close it. Yeah, those things rarely work well. Water gets all over the place. It’s all a waste of time. More aggravation that isn’t necessary. Just let the cards go, let them gooooo.
Finally. FINALLY. Dealing with address labels and the printer. The swearing that comes out of my mouth when the damn labels don’t line up; we don’t have the right size, and I have to go buy the right size; and when the labels get jammed in the printer! As if I don’t curse enough every day, this just adds a whole different layer to the fun of the holidays. My favorite part is after you un-jam the printer, and it keeps saying it is still jammed. What the….? Yeah, no thanks. And I really don’t want to hand address 100+ holiday card envelopes.
Sorry, we no longer do holiday cards for one last reason: I’m hoping other people will stop sending them to me, because they end up just sitting around for a year, until I throw them all out. Then I feel guilty for throwing them all out. I don’t need the aggravation of sending them, or the guilt of throwing out the ones I receive. Seriously. Just email me a card, or a simple updated photo of the family. If we’re friends on FB, I don’t even need updated photos. I’ve seen them. We’re all good. No holiday cards needed! I know you love me. You know I love you. We’re solid. Peace out. Enjoy your holidays with the kids, and don’t worry about sending me a card. I promise, I won’t be offended!
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