On the eighth day of Christmas, tradition gave to me: <br>Eight(y) Christmas cards to send | Overstuffed Overstuffed

Saturday, December 20, 2008

On the eighth day of Christmas, tradition gave to me:
Eight(y) Christmas cards to send

Eighty. That's how many I ordered this year. I think I sent about 73 or so, but I'm still waiting for a few addresses. I was wondering why on earth we send so many, and I have come to the conclusion that it is because we were in school the first 8 years of marriage and made a lot of friends who are now all over the country as they graduated and got jobs. I slash a few people off the list here and there, but more are always being added.

While sending Christmas cards can get slightly expensive, it's just part of the Christmas budget. I do it because I love receiving Christmas cards, so I assume everyone else does, too. I'm kind of like a little kid whenever the mail comes during the month of December.

This year has been totally strange in that regard! I think it was December 10th before I got my first card! I've gotten quite a few since then, but it was a long and painful wait for me!

The first year we sent out Christmas cards, Joel wrote a hilarious newsletter to go with it. That has since become firm tradition. It's fun for me to watch him giggle to himself at the computer as he composes the letter, and I am never allowed to add my input or even read it until it is completely finished. Don't tell him, but sometimes I tweak it a little behind his back when I print it out, usually in the embarrassingly sappy paragraphs he writes about me. It's his thing though, and so I let him have it. Besides, he gets lots of positive feedback from everyone and it's one less thing that I have to do during the holidays.

My thing is to design the card and do the picture and make everything look pretty, and then address and send them all out. I got to it all rather late this year (just like everyone else, it seems) and finally sent them out on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Phewsh!

25 comments :

  1. We've never done Christmas cards. I'm lame that way. I love receiving them, but never can get myself together enough to get them ready to send out!

    We did send Valentine's cards one year though. . .and that was pretty fun!

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  2. My question for you is this: Do you also include a handwritten greeting in your cards? It is my perpetual debate. In addition to the printed greeting, should I also write something? It rarely happens, but each year I feel a bit guilty if our cards go out into the world with the "stock greeting."

    We are a part of what I like to refer to as the "modern day family." Many divorces, much complication. The number of Christmas cards we send out? 155! (It makes me feel a little faint typing that number.)

    -Francesca

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  3. I just take the easy way out and never send cards.

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  4. I've never done a card myself, but I love receiving them too. I keep saying one day I will get to them. I would love to read what Joel has to say in this year's letter. You have said before that he is so funny.

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  5. I'm embarrassed to still have cards to send out too. UGH! With the way I'm moving, they'll be lucky to get them by Christmas.

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  6. You guys work really well as a time, both using your talents and helping each other accomplish a fun tradition!

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  7. We just did a photo card this year, because I'm lazy, and I think I only sent out about 20.

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  8. I'll be posting after christmas what I do for that... LOL

    have a great holiday, see you soon

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  9. I'll be posting after christmas what I do for that... LOL

    have a great holiday, see you soon

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  10. My job is to write the letter for my family, but it didn't happen this year. We did get cards out, but no hilarious letter.

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  11. We haven't gotten our normal amount yet, and I am wondering if it is because we moved or the economy or a fluke. We just barely got ours out, too. I was late. You can see the art I made for our card on the sidebar of my blog--the blue background Christmas tree done in paper-cuts. That's my thing every year is getting that art done. But of course there's a photo to insert (also on the sidebar, but in b/w, and a small letter.

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  12. I so admire you for sending out so many--I do send cards for the same reason as you (though not nearly so many). You are an Amazon woman!

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  13. Wow that's cool that you send out so many! This year that's one thing that's fallen by the wayside. *sigh* Maybe next year.

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  14. I used to be so good about sending them out. And then they turned into New Year's cards. And then they kind of just disappeared. LOL Now I am more interested in doing some kind of e-card. I have seen some online and have thought they were sweet. Not into the corny ones so much.

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  15. I'm amazed! 155! I am dong good to send 20 or so. But that's all I get from others. I supposed you reap what you sow...
    :s

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  16. Hey I hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ♥ Hugs :)

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  17. Girl........I am so slacking on the Christmas Card DEPT.. haven't even done the kids pictures YET!! I normally do them every year.. and well.. this year.. I haven't mustered up the desire... guess I better get to it!!

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  18. We've done cards and letters since our first year of marriage too...the only difference is Christopher doesn't have his hand on any of it except being told what to wear and where to stand for the picture.

    I love getting Christmas cards just as much as I love sending them! And I love to display them too!

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  19. Ok, I thought I was sending out a lot of cards with 30...you take the cake! Wow, you win the Christmas gold star. :)

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  20. I did throw-up a little bit in my mouth when I read your paragraph.
    But, I figured husbands only get shmoopy so often, I'd allow it. :)

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  21. Things are so crazy right now that I didn't send cards this year. I only mailed them to Cary's family. So I'm sorry I didn't get one out to you guys this year!

    I'm working on a movie/book for my dad and the rest of the family. He may not be around next Christmas. I'm also working on a quilt for Cary. Etc. I may be wrapping up a partially completed quilt, and just do a slideshow and finish the book later. It's the thought that counts, right? (I hope.)

    Have a happy Christmas!

    PS--I LOVE your Christmas tree.

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  22. Your card was beautiful this year. Loved it.

    And as usual, loved Joel's hilarity.

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  23. I loved your card this year! And the girls' outfits were adorable!

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  24. Ok, got your card today...I was waiting for that letter.....

    LAUGED MY HEAD OFF!

    Joel (the Jew) is brilliant...no really, he is so funny. There will be no fires made with the Neves Christmas letter!

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  25. I LOVED his Christmas letter. :)

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