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Published September 26th 2014
I know you don't want to hear this but Christmas is just around the corner. We are almost at the end of September and on the downhill slope towards December 25. Soon the shopping centre decorations will be up, Christmas carols will be on high rotation and, can you believe it, I have already spotted Christmas puddings on the supermarket shelves, Yes, in September! My trusty Xmas clock is telling me there are only 89 days, 16 hours and 12 minutes of shopping time left before the big day.
But what I would like to know is this - Do you still buy Christmas cards to send to family and friends?
It seems to me that not many people do this anymore. The majority seem to opt out of the whole Christmas card thing or send a group Christmas email or post on Facebook instead (shudder).
Call me a traditionalist, but I love the whole Christmas card process. From choosing the cards (Santa or Snowflakes?), to selecting a message (fun or traditional), writing the cards & envelopes and even stamping the cute little "Card Only" sticker in the corner of the envelope.
I tend to be organised with cards and stamps (and possibly a Christmas card spread sheet) ready to roll towards the end of November. But you could be at the other end of the spectrum, hastily scribbling messages on discounted cards on December 24 before hand-delivering on Christmas Eve. Hey, I'm not judging, whatever works for you.
I try to have my cards ready to post in the first week of December and I love receiving my first batch of Christmas cards. After all, the earlier you start receiving them, the more time you have to enjoy their festive charm. Which brings up the whole how to display your Christmas cards question.
When I was growing up in the 1970s displaying Christmas cards was a no-brainer - obviously they went on the louvered timber internal doors or in the blinds of your front window. But with modern window furnishings this may not be possible. You could always do the string of miniature pegs across the top of the curtain rod (not worth the trouble if you ask me) or string some fishing line up across a bare wall for hanging your cards across. If you are lucky enough to have plantation blinds then your troubles are solved. The only question remaining for you then is: picture side in or out?
So tell me - do you do Christmas cards? If so, when do you post them?