Tuesday, December 20, 2011

From our house to yours.

This year, I'm proud to continue my tradition of not sending out Christmas cards.

I know, I know. But this is a hectic time at Corporate Behemoth and the idea of one more thing to do makes me crazy.

I've noticed that fewer folks send them out. I blame Facebook. Or maybe I'm just not getting cards anymore because I don't send cards.

But don't worry - just because I don't send cards doesn't mean that I don't criticize cards.

I'm just gonna get right down to it. My Aunt Talbot has sent cards for the last three years that feature a picture of her house on the front. No people, just a house.

It's a big house. A big, fancy house that could easily pass for a sorority house. The first year, it was just, you know, the house. The second year, it was the house with a light dusting of snow - obviously taken before that dust burned off with the sun of the day. But this year? This year, it's a pic from last Christmas, where the house is covered in snow, swathed in Christmas greenery and lit from within by every light in the place. This year's photo also features a photo credit.

I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be impressed, or at least warmed in a Norman Rockwell sort of way. But mostly, I'm just annoyed. Seriously, lady. Show me your adorable and numerous grandkids. I'm not impressed by your big ol' house. So quit trying.

I guess it's not quite as egregious as the cards that used to come from my mom's stepsister. She'd always misspell my mom's name on a letter that told of skiing in Aspen and flying to Gstaad as her husband received some hoity-toity cardiologist award.

Gstaad. I'm not even exaggerating.

At least I can be certain that my noncard isn't misspelling people's names or coming off as too showy.


Cyndi B. said...

Gstaad...I had to look that one up.

We've received a Christmas card from my husbands first wife every year. She misspelled my name for 21of those years, but she's never missed a year. Me, on the other hand, I'm one of those people who doesn't get many Christmas cards because I'm so terrible at sending them out.

Anonymous said...

I also have noticed the lack of LETTERS this year. Still plenty of photo cards (most of our friends are young with kids, so there you go), but few updating newsy letters.

slow panic said...

we don't do cards either. or i should say i don't do cards. i think about it. but i have to do cards for work and that's plenty.

Trixie Bang Bang said...

As one who's bread & butter IS Christmas cards, this is Sad Times when no one sends cards. People, people!! Spread the cheer! And help keep catfood in the bowls of my five felines. Ahem. Don't judge me for that number.

Glennis said...

You know, I'm not good at sending cards, either. I've missed so many years that I almost don't feel guilty anymore.