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Old 12-19-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I've discovered through many, many moves in my life ... that your junk always arrives safely to your new home, but your valuables and fragile items usually arrive broken or don't arrive at all.
That's why you label the good stuff as junk and the junk as fragile and important.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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A little humor for the worst of people that seems to come out around Christmas, greed driven of course. Low life's following UPS trucks through better neighborhoods and stealing boxes off porches is common this time of year.

Local TV station interviewed a local victim, and said these low life's are now the proud owners of two very ugly 'christmas sweaters' ordered specifically for an 'ugly Christmas sweater contest' they were going to attend.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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If stamps weren't so expensive, I'd send out more cards. Who keeps Christmas cards forever anyway? Not many, they throw them out in January at the latest and it's a waste. I make some for certain people and send them but the list is getting shorter each year. Most people get a wish through social media.


I cut up the old cards into fat strips and use them as bookmarks




I only send out about 12 cards and I give about 8 more with my cookie plates to neighbors.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Christmas cards,,,,,,,,,

For me it’s more of a way to acknowledge another year of life for both the person I’m sending the card to and for me. My in-laws and my sister are more religious and enjoy the cards so we send ‘em. For me, I’d just as soon give all the money spent on cards and postage to a needy person on the street. It would do more good I think, but DW won’t let me,,,,, yet. lol
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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Hi, gang! I'm late to this discussion and you have gone over several ideas, but here's my take:

I used to send 50-60 cards every year, each including a personal, hand-written message and signature to each recipient.

Cards started to get expensive, so I changed to making my own, which I really enjoyed. Along the way I left religion or it left me, and sending holiday cards was one of the first things to get thrown off my to-do list.

I tried sending New Years cards once or twice, but it felt kind of useless, so I stopped.

Now I do miss getting all the family together for a celebration but only because it was a nice way to visit with everyone. These days I don't decorate anything and only send gifts to my siblings, children (including spouses) and grandchildren.

This is the first year I decided to opt out of the visiting part. The way it was going, I was the only one doing the travelling and that is getting harder on the ol bod. I thought it would be harder than it was to not get together yesterday, but I made it through ok. Maybe another time I will try it again.

PS: I just read that postage is going to 49 cents!!! Note to self: Run out and buy some Forever Stamps!!
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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Hi, gang! I'm late to this discussion and you have gone over several ideas, but here's my take:

I used to send 50-60 cards every year, each including a personal, hand-written message and signature to each recipient.

Cards started to get expensive, so I changed to making my own, which I really enjoyed. Along the way I left religion or it left me, and sending holiday cards was one of the first things to get thrown off my to-do list.
My wife used to send cards to everyone until she figured out that no one was sending HER cards. She has always been old-school about handwritten notes, keeping in touch, sending cards on birthdays and Christmas, thank you notes, etc. One day she realized that virtually no one in on her list shares those values, with the partial exception of her sister. She quit doing this because it's obviously not valued. And no one ever remarked that she stopped, either.

She never was a theist, by the way ... it was just her way of trying to connect with others, and to connect people to each other.

My version of the same thing is that I never was much into it but wrote people who wrote me -- until I realized they didn't give me the time of day other than at Christmas or, rarely, my birthday, and never lost any sleep over me. I, too, stopped the practice and not one of the people on my list ever remarked on it, either.

We are born alone and we die alone -- in between we're generally more alone than we like to think, too.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:33 PM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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My wife used to send cards to everyone until she figured out that no one was sending HER cards. She has always been old-school about handwritten notes, keeping in touch, sending cards on birthdays and Christmas, thank you notes, etc. One day she realized that virtually no one in on her list shares those values, with the partial exception of her sister. She quit doing this because it's obviously not valued. And no one ever remarked that she stopped, either.

She never was a theist, by the way ... it was just her way of trying to connect with others, and to connect people to each other.

My version of the same thing is that I never was much into it but wrote people who wrote me -- until I realized they didn't give me the time of day other than at Christmas or, rarely, my birthday, and never lost any sleep over me. I, too, stopped the practice and not one of the people on my list ever remarked on it, either.

We are born alone and we die alone -- in between we're generally more alone than we like to think, too.
One has to wonder how many people actually value receiving xmas cards. I used to get back around 35 or so, and I didn't mind because some of the ones I sent were to elderly relatives and that was ok. I did enjoy receiving them; I had only sent out to people I cared about, anyway.

When I stopped sending cards, most of the rest stopped responding, so I figured that they were just sending them out for "political" reasons ("we're supposed to do that to look like we are 'good'".) In one case I had noticed that one couple would only send me a card after they received mine. I tested that out by not sending a card to them and I never got another one from them!!! lol Real sincere, huh?

Yes, we are alone for the most part. I think that's where the value of friendships helps... shoring us up when we need it.
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