With less that two weeks to go until Christmas, the cards from friends are starting to drop though the letterbox. One of todays arrived in a plastic bag with a ‘sorry note’ that it has been rather damaged. Thankfully although the damage was more than half the card combined (the damage at the bottom of the card is harder to see on the photo) I was still able to read the update message from my friend and with some carefully placed sticky tape on the inside it will be presentable. It’s ashame that it happened on this card which has all the correct messages about what Christmas is all about.
I’m a big fan of Christmas cards for a number of reasons. Firstly its nice to have something arrive in the traditional post that isn’t a bill or junk mail. The second is that, especially if you are like me, it’s a chance to send a card that helps remind us all of the reason that Christmas is being celebrated, something that is all too easily forgotten, purposely ignored, or even not known about now-a-days. However I’m going to risk being accused of being a scrooge here by suggesting that having cards “sent” from one’s pets is a step too far. The other way around, especially for loved family pets, especially from younger owners, I can understand. We even bought presents for our dog when I was young. But for me, cards from pets misses the whole point of Christmas and is just a sign of the commercialisation and materialism that dogs (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) Christmas.
I suspect, like a lot of people, I am a host of contradictions. One of them is that though I have loads of modern technology I still like to send postcards, which does mean I got this one in return. I only send them at holiday time, I’m not one for ‘update notes’ in the post and I limit them to people that I don’t see very often, but I like sending them. They may often be from the same place I’ve been before, so I try to make sure they are different each time (though that can be a challenge). Why do I still do what for many is an outdated thing given the instant communication of the internet? Don’t know about you but I like the idea of friends getting something through their letterbox that isn’t junk and isn’t a bill! So I’d like to encourage others to start doing the same. Lets bring back holiday postcards and create notes of enjoyment for people on their doormats when they get home.