Growing up, my Mum gave my Dad a Christmas card and my Dad gave my Mum a Christmas card. They gave us all a card each and we gave one to my Mum and one to my Dad (sometimes we gave them a card individually, sometimes we gave them together as a pair or a three). I used to love the day the family Christmas cards came out.
Growing up, my husband’s family didn’t do this. Why give a card to people you see every day?
But every year I inist we all give each other cards. And I remind him and remind him, because I don’t want him to forget. I don’t want to give him his husband and Daddy cards on 15th December and there be nothing for me.
But every year he winds me up anyway: “We don’t do family Christmas cards, do we?”
I can easily spend £20 on family Christmas cards. I know it’s a waste of money, but they are special to me. I always keep them after Christmas – the son cards, the daughter card, the husband card, the wife card, the Mummy and Daddy cards.
I don’t think my kids love and appreciate them as I much as I do or did. We weren’t poor growing up, but we had less than my kids have these days, so those cards were more special to me then than they are to my kids now.
I know lots of people prefer home-made cards. But I don’t. We don’t do crafting in our family. I have neither the time, the patience, nor the skills. A home-made card would be a folded piece of paper (not even card) with felt-tip on it – sweet, but not made to last.
The closest we get are cards from APFS ordered through the school to raise funds – each child designs a card and you can order a pack (or several packs of your own child’s design). I have a particular gripe about these in that you get a discount for two, three or more packs, but that you can’t share this between your children – so one pack from each child is way more expensive than two packs from the same child. So I don’t order many on principle. Just enough for close family and to keep with those other special cards.
Am I mad? Does anyone else do family Christmas cards? Do they really matter?
PS I’d just like to say that I really, really miss Clinton Cards. They did the best family Christmas (and birthday!) cards and I used to buy nearly all of them there 🙁