Friday, 13 December 2013

Who invented the Christmas card ... and why?

This is a rhetorical question, and therefore needs no answer ... although I am sure that a search using Google would soon provide the answer!

I posed the question because my wife and I spent quite a lot of time yesterday writing, addressing, and sticking stamps on Christmas cards. We have a spreadsheet that has all the names and addresses on it, and that is regularly updated throughout the year. As each card is completed the name (or names) are marked on the spreadsheet with a highlighter pen, and the stamped and addressed card is placed on top of the ever growing pile.

Having already paid a visit to the local Post Office collection box yesterday afternoon to post out the latest issue of THE NUGGET, I will take the the pile of Christmas cards there first thing this morning. Then we shall await the cards that people will send us ... and hope that we don't get too many from people who are not yet on our spreadsheet!


  1. I don't send out a lot of cards, but I made each one I am sending this year.

    I ordered some stamps from the PO to avoid standing in line, but it's been several days now and the order is still "processing", so I might have to stop and buy some stamps anyway.

    Happy holidays! (not being sarcastic)

  2. Fitz-Badger,

    My wife and I do make some of our own cards (the ones we send to immediate family) but mostly we buy whatever we see when we realise we need some ... which is usually two or three weeks before Christmas.

    Buying stamps is no problem, as most supermarkets sell them in books of six or twelve. Posting the finished cards is also not a great inconvenience ... as long as you time your trip to the collection box right (i.e. just as it is being emptied).

    May I return your greetings and wish you a happy holiday as well.

    All the best,


  3. We have a file that prints out addrerss labels. As you write the card you stick on the label. When you've run out of labels you've done all your cards. No need for highlighters.

    It speeds the process and allows you to concentrate on what goes in the card rather than on the envelope.

  4. Trebian,

    I would love to do what you do ... but my wife thinks that the envelopes should be addressed by hand.

    All the best,



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