When I was younger, I never understood why adults found Christmas stressful.
That’s probably because I’d spend the run up to the big day happily watching my mum make the Christmas cake while I licked the bowl, or decorating the Christmas tree rather than worrying about what was going underneath it.
But now that I’m an adult, there’s one core part of Christmas that I am starting to understand the stress of – the Christmas card conundrum.
Those folded festive notes are surprisingly tricky! Who should you send them to? What if you forget someone? How many of your friends and family moved house this year? Will you have to re-mortgage your own house just to afford the stamps? As a child, such thoughts would never have crossed my mind – back then you just wrote cards to everyone in your class, posted them in a papier mache postbox you’d knocked up in an art lesson, and you were done!
This year, my first Christmas card arrived promptly on December 1. They’ve been coming in dribs and drabs ever since, but for some reason I still kept forgetting to write and send cards of my own. Now I’m dangerously close to missing the last second class Christmas post, the Christmas card conundrum is looming large and yep, I’m feeling pretty stressed out!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good season’s greeting, but I’ve found myself starting to question whether the Christmas card conundrum is worth the worry. Would anyone really notice if a card from family Rinroad didn’t drop onto their welcome mat this year? Is anyone actually noting who’s sent them a card and crossing the card forgetters off next year’s list?
Probably not. But then again, if I didn’t get a single card from a friend or family at Christmas I think I’d be pretty sad.
As we grow older, and we all move further apart, Christmas cards become more and more meaningful. Receiving a Christmas message from someone you haven’t seen all year just seems to signify that you haven’t been forgotten – you’re important enough to take time to wish ‘Happy Christmas’ to. Likewise, I would never want my friends or family to think they weren’t worth putting pen to paper for. Sending a Christmas card back lets them know I value them just as much.
So despite the stress of the Christmas card conundrum, I think I’ll definitely be carrying on the tradition. Besides, if life takes over and the last post passes me by, there’s always e-cards, right?!