The Great Holiday Card Rigmarole

December 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm 1 comment

Our first Christmas card this year came from our milkman.

It was a perfectly nice card, but it struck me with fear. It is December already and that means holiday greeting card season!

Even though I love greeting cards and even though Christmas comes around the same day every year, I never quite get myself together when it comes to holiday cards. I want to be one of those organized people with gorgeous card stock, a spreadsheet of updated addresses, and beautiful penmanship. But every year I’m one of those other people who never seems to buy the right amount of cards and who keeps putting off the post office visit until tomorrow. And then freaks out when tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I still don’t have addresses for 30% of my nonexistent list of recipients.

Although popular in the US, sending holiday cards featuring a photo of just me and Scott doesn’t seem to be the norm in the UK. However, I like to personalize our cards somehow. SPOILER ALERT: I have incorporated photos I’ve taken of Christmas-y objects or wintry scenes on the bulk of our Christmas cards this year. Perhaps one day you’ll see our smiling faces on a card, but not this year (and probably not in this country. And probably not if I’m still married to Scott.)

For my American family/friends, I like to send more quintessentially British cards. You know, red phone boxes and Big Ben. We love that shit!

British Christmas cards

But I don’t want it to be overkill for our British friends/family. So, I always end up buying different designs.

And when we sit down to write them, I’ll get in a mood when Scott uses all the red phone box cards on his British family. (“Those are for Americans!” “I didn’t even look at the design on the front. Nobody cares!” “Fine, next year you can do this all by yourself then!” I can just see it now. Can’t wait.)

As if my card strategy wasn’t flawed complicated enough, I like to include a more personal card to go with a gift. Something maybe a bit kooky or slightly risqué. Probably not a card to display on the mantel for all to see, but perfect for a festive giggle.


I bet you can’t wait to receive a card from us.

You should probably send me your address.

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  • 1. Nicola  |  December 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m guessing that at the time of writing this fairly upbeat post about sending cards that you hadn’t yet made it to the post office to buy stamps. I went today and the cost of the stamps cost more than the cards and were only uk second class – you at as well send Scott to the states to personally deliver yours.

    Needless to say that with stamps at a premium and not having your up-to-date address either this will be my seasons greetings to you and yours…(you have the nice penmanship though) xx


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