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.