Thursday, December 18, 2008

Naughty or nice etiquette tip eight

When you receive a holiday card from someone you didn't send one to, reciprocation is optional, although thoughtful. Send if you wish. But beware of turning the exchange of holiday cards into a table tennis match. Say a card arrives from your cousin Bonnie on the second day of Christmas, and oops, you'd accidentally forgotten her. Instead of thwacking a card back across the Web — which may seem perfunctory rather than sincere — wait a few weeks and write her a letter. Or, call Bonnie to thank her for such a thoughtful note. In fact, there's no obligation to send holiday cards at all. Too stressed? Forgo the tradition this season, but vow to get in touch at another time of year: Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, first week of fall, etc. You'll have more time for writing cards and hopefully won't view it as such a chore.

It's funny, I love getting holiday cards out, and all eighty-something are still sitting on my kitchen desk simply waiting for stamps now. you'd think I'd be ale to enlist some little hands for help! Better later than never, right?


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Penelope said...

What a great idea to send something out at another time of the year. Everyone is so busy at Thanksgiving and Christmas. By the time Valentine's Day rolls around I should have recovered enough to get my holiday letter out.....that's what I will do....thanks for the great idea. Thanks again for sharing.