I never thought I’d say this but sending out email Christmas greetings instead of cards is looking better every year. Since we move around every couple of years we’re constantly meeting new people and wanting to stay in touch. Our address list for Christmas cards will probably top out at around 115 this year. That’s:
- 115 photo cards (bought at Costco this year so less than $50!)
- 115 stamps ($48.30)
- 115 sheets of paper trimmed down to fit perfectly into odd-sized envelope.
- 115 times of writing out our return address (too late to buy labels and I don’t use the ones that are sent to us by every single charity out there. I don’t know why. Oh, yes I do, they usually have one or both names spelled incorrectly).
- 115 times of writing out different addresses praying that I get each right the first time so I don’t have to waste another envelope, which has no match at WalMart, so you have to go buy more photo cards to get the extra envelopes…
- At least six or seven hand cramps and a week of forearm fatigue from writing 230 addresses.
- Numerous paper cuts on my tongue from licking 115 envelopes. I get no help with this from fellow family members. Ahem. I tried a wet sponge once but it just disintegrated the envelope and made it such a wet mess that no sticky was left to even adhere.
- Inevitably several big bouts of disappointment as cards come back undeliverable because our “friends” have forgotten to give us forwarding addresses. My tongue twinges with pain each time as it remembers the feeling it got cut licking that particular envelope.
And what do I get if we sent out email Christmas greetings?
- Write one letter.
- Click the select key while holding down the control button 115 times.
- Click send.
- Erase name of any “friend” whose email comes back to us undeliverable.
- This was all just FREE and done in one evening.
Holy hand cramp. I’ve never weighed the pros and cons like that before! And I’m not even sure our “friends”, or family for that matter, keep our nice little photo card that was so lovingly prepared and sent to them.
The decision is made. Unless some big bout of sentimentality and digital hatred comes over me in December 2009 these hands will be clickety click clicking away on the computer. I’m not an email greeting snob…anymore.
By the way, if you do receive hundreds of photo cards from friends and family I have a great tip for how to use them throughout the year. Come back tomorrow to find out! Hint: It involves no scissors, tape, glue gun or craftiness of any sort.