"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Going through the Christmas cards Christmas night, after everyone leaves...


Making a list and checking it twice.
.
People really do that you know.  If they sent you a card and you didn't reciprocate - you are so off their Christmas card list for next year.  I actually sent cards to the people I missed last year - the people who dropped me this year because I never sent a card last year.  I kind of did it just to confuse them.  ;)
.
FYI - that is so not what Christmas is all about, is it... you know - tit for tat stuff.

13 comments:

  1. +JMJ+

    I think some people are card senders and others just aren't, and the former shouldn't take it personally when they don't get "tit for tat," as you say. (Guess which group I belong to!)

    ReplyDelete
  2. The cards I like - it's the double sided single-spaced "look at how wonderful our lives are!" compendiums that some people include with their cards that I abhor.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Enbretheliel - I know your type - lol - some years I send them out, some years I don't - which is how I discovered this little known fact. (I hardly get any cards, and I am not offended.)

    Larry - I know those cards too - but I also dislike 'photo-of-the-family cards without any card - just the unmounted photo dropped in a business envelope without a signature or any message whatsoever. I got two such this year - from former co-workers and all I could think of is if my kids were that ugly, I would never photograph them, much less send the evidence to others. (That wasn't nice, was it.)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Honestly, I'd rather not get cards. (I KNOW!)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I have not sent Christmas cards for several years (long story and it has not been intentional). I continue to get Christmas cards from a number of friends. I guess that means that they are not among the tit-for-tat crowd.

    (I still have not gotten around to that priest post I promised to let you know about -- so I guess you can figure out in part why I am so tardy or absent with Christmas cards. Again, good intentions get railroaded by real life.)

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is the first year in my entire adult life that I did not send ANY cards--I just simply didn't get around to it. But now I'm starting to feel bad, because some sent some heart-felt written sentiments, oh, sigh, now they are all going to think that I don't love them anymore--even though I haven't seen them in twenty years, why do we send cards to people we knew twenty years ago anyway?--sheesh.

    One guy I worked with for six years sends me a card every year--says the same thing, "we need to get together for Mexican food." So I write back, "that would be great--I'll call you sometime." Of course it hasn't happened in the last fifteen years--but it's still the same silly exchange every year.

    Hey, it's still Christmas--maybe I could send some now, no, then they will know "they" were just an after-thought, and they will really be offended. Oh, brother--the "social" unwritten rules of human interactions.

    Maybe I'll get lucky and next year they will ALL stop sending me cards :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Terry - I have to confess that we do the family photo cards...but my kids aren't that ugly. I think I make them look handsome by my mere presence.

    Plus I always make sure Mrs LarryD orders the ones that say "Merry Christmas" and not anything else.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I was just kidding Larry - really.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Larry - I posted and apology post.

    ReplyDelete
  10. you know, you can still send out Christmas cards, cuz it is still Christmas!!!

    I have a friend who sends hers out after the first of the year!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Terry - you didn't have to do that. I get you, you know.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Larry, I know. But I wanted to do it. ROFLOL!

    ReplyDelete


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.