Monday, December 9, 2013
"Oh", she exclaimed to her friends, "I love Christmas cards."
"I can't be bothered with them" said her friend in reply.
"Same for me" said the third friend. "I just send an email these days. So much cheaper and easier. One email, all the addresses, send. Merry Christmas."
I could tell the first woman felt as though she had been put in her place. She said no more. I was thinking she should cross those two off her Christmas card list pronto. But the sad thing is that so many people seem to think the same way as her two friends.
When I first had Small Acorns I used to go totally overboard with my Christmas card buying. The buying is always done in April or thereabouts, and then by the time the indents arrived in October and November I would be wondering what on earth I must have been thinking to buy so many cards. But at the end of the season we would have very few left, and my purchasing would be vindicated.
The last year or two, I've realistically faced up to the fact that people are sending less Christmas cards. I do believe that even I may have succumbed to a Christmas email or two or several. The pressures of the season. Everyone is so busy. I have good intentions but then I run out of time. I need to say Merry Christmas. I guiltily write the email, but at least our friends hear from us.
Not this year.
Hearteningly, people who love stationery, feel the same way as I do. We may send less cards, but the ones we send are heartfelt and special.
Will you take the snail mail challenge with me?