I feel like that title smells a lot like clickbait.
Don’t know what clickbait is? It’s when a title sucks you into clicking on a link but it really isn’t about what the title led you to believe.
Here’s an example:
TITLE- She Thought She Was Getting a Surprise Visit from Santa But Wait Until You See What Really Happened!
She got a visit from Santa. That’s it. Nothing else really happened.
But you clicked on it because that title sucked you the hell in.
My post isn’t clickbait, I swear. Because I am really not sending everyone a card this year.
I have toyed with this idea since last holiday season after spending over 50 dollars on postage, spending a butt-load of time creating a photo card, and feeling empty afterward.
I remember the first Christmas I sent out cards, I felt like such an adult! It was fun to write about what I had been up to that year. Writing a holiday letter within a Christmas card was fun and something I took time to do each year. I learned from my mom how to do this as she would sit at our kitchen table with her address book, several boxes of cards, and a brand new pen each year. She would turn on a little Nat King Cole and spend hours writing personal letters within each of those cards.
It was a gift of love; sending a little piece of our family in every envelope.
But today we just don’t place value on a handwritten card. We don’t have time. We are so very busy. With all the things we have to do using conveniences that they never had back when they hand wrote every holiday card and envelope.
We have to go shopping! (online)
We have to order those cards! (that are hand-stamped with your name and pre-printed with your return address)
We have to make dinners! (or order them from an online food service that ships them right to your door)
We have so much catching up to do! (on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
I made a bold decision a few Sunday’s ago while “listening” to the sermon at church (she wasn’t “listening”).
I am no longer sending Christmas cards to everyone in my address book.
So in Kari fashion, I made a list pro-con list. Here is why I am changing it up this year.
1- I am only sending cards to those who don’t follow me on some sort of social media. For 365 days of the year, my friends on social media see pictures of me, my family, my dog, my house and all sorts of other life stuff. So why do they need a picture of our family to grace their home for 20-ish days of the holiday season only to throw it in the trash come December 26th? If you want to see my family pictures, you can click that big blue F on your smartphone! But for those who do not have social media (or smartphones for that matter), I will be sending them a picture because they most likely haven’t seen how our family has grown.
2- People who aren’t on social media are more likely to appreciate a holiday card with our faces plastered on the front. You can see us any time you want. Aren’t you sick of us yet? See #1.
3- I really don’t want to drop a ton of money at the post office only for it to go into a recycling bin somewhere. I would rather spend that money on my family. Or a massage for mama. What? Raising a family is stressful!
4-Plus we will be saving the environment because less paper! It’s like I am giving the Earth a Christmas present!
5- I want to be my mom. I want to take my time writing letters inside of cards instead of my usual LOVE, US or not even writing anything because it is already pre-printed on the card. This year, I want to turn on some Nat King Cole! Sit at the table with a brand-new pen! Also, I have handwriting like a serial killer, so 10 handwritten cards are much more readable than 60.
6- I write a blog. If you are a friend or family member who has a computer, all you have to do is google A Grace Full Life* and there’s my year in review! Also, I love comments. HINT HINT. Have I mentioned that before? Here is a tutorial if you don’t know-how.
*I am usually the fourth one down in a Google search. Under all the religious stuff, which is ironic.
7- There are many other things I would rather do than lick 60 plus envelopes and wait in a long line at the post office. Pet my dog, snuggle with my kids, watch a Hallmark movie with my husband, go to my parents house for dinner, meet a friend for coffee, respond to all the comments in my blog inbox, get drunk on Aldi wine while watching Love Actually for the fifth time, pop a hemorrhoid, get a colonoscopy. The list is endless.
8- Our government is icky. I am angry at our government, so rather than give them 50 of my dollars for stamps, I would rather donate that money to a good cause. Like my church’s roof fund. Or a military family separated from a loved one. Or in a giveaway to get one of you to comment on my blog! (Maybe I need to start “listening” to the sermon)
9- You do you. If you are sending everyone in your address book a Christmas card this year, no judgment only love. Here is one of my favorite tutorials on how to create a Christmas card using Pic Monkey. I have used that tutorial to create Christmas cards for the previous four years.
I am going to have SO MUCH MORE time this year which means I might be able to write more blog posts! Which means you are going to be very busy commenting!
2018 is gonna be EPIC.
By the way, did you know that you don’t have to have a blog to comment on my blog?
Did you further know that I love comments?