Saturday, January 16, 2010

Do you think it's too late to send out the rest of my Christmas cards?

OK, it's January 16th. I have at least 25 Christmas cards sitting on the desk, still waiting to be sent away to their destination. What happened? Well, I got about 1/3 of the way down my Christmas card list, and then total, complete chaos took over my life. (By the way, if you're one of the 1/3 of my loved ones who actually got a card -- consider yourself lucky. Or, tell yourself you were at the top of my list. Whichever makes you feel happiest, OK?) This is the first time, since 1999, that I haven't gotten my cards out! (Wow, I'm getting old...)

So, here's my question: Is it too late? I mean, it's really a beautiful card, afterall. It's got a picture of the four of us with the pumpkins we carved at Halloween, another of us on a Fall hayride, and a really cute one of the boys frolicking around with their stuffed animals. Wouldn't someone who really, really loves us want a Christmas card like that, even if it doesn't arrive until the end of January? AND, it says "Season's Greetings!" on the card. So, is it still the "season"???

I actually re-wrote the Christmas letter, and turned it into a "Happy New Year" letter, but that was when I was still hoping to get the cards out right around the 1st. Obviously that didn't happen either. Sigh.

To send, or not to send? That is the question...



  1. I feel your pain. We had our first daughter in 2008 and that was the first time in over 10 years I didn't send out Christmas cards. I wanted to, purchased the cards and stamps in advance and had it all planned out. We would take her to get a picture with Santa, print them out and insert in the cards.

    But, just like you, life got in the way. I didn't have time to print the pictures myself, then the turn around time to get them printed and sent back to me, then out again would've taken us well into January. So, I didn't send anything.

    I think you can still send a Happy New Year letter, as long as you can get it out by 1/26/10. Otherwise, maybe you should consider changing it to Happy Valentine's Day. :)

    By the way, I found a simpler solution for getting my Chritmas cards out. You can upload a photo, and create a custom card. Then a real card is printed, put in a real envelope and mailed out for you - for as little as $1 plus postage. It's a time saving system that has helped me not forget birthdays, and I can even send a gift with the card. If you want to take a look at the system to see if it can help you, go to

    Have a great day, and good luck with those cards. Let us know if you decide to send them :)

  2. Definitely Send! I would love to get a card, at any time!

  3. Send! Then you won't get cut off anybody's list next year :)

    Just delete this blog post and blame it on USPS!

  4. HA HA HA! Thanks for the advice, Ladies. Ivette -- Can't wait to check out that site. Sounds like a great idea.

  5. send it, Beth. It doesn't matter when they actually get out. Why does it HAVE to be during the holidays?? Who made up that extra bit of madness, anyway? Why not the 4th of July, when things are normal? In fact, hell with it--save them until July and THEN mail them. It will be the start of a fabulous new tradition. I might even join you!
    love, mishelle