Today is the day I have been looking forward to since I ordered this year's Christmas cards. This is the day they are all in their envelopes, sealed, stamped, addressed and on their way to their recipients, all 180+ of you. I should note that this is 20 less than last year.
One hundred and eighty!
The reason we have so many cards?
- I am practically related to the entire northwestern area of Minnesota (seriously, Kevin now assumes that anyone we meet while visiting my dad must be a relative, and he's probably right.)
- Kevin's side of the family may not be as extensive, but we are a very close group which means we can't bump anyone off the list. (If for no other reason than them finding out! ;) )
- We both know a lot of people.
-We feel bad/guilty taking anyone off our list!
We went over and over our list trying to cut down the number of cards to send. The only thing that made this easier or even possible is if the card we sent to them last year was returned and we still cannot find a correct address. Since we only were able to cut down twenty cards, you can see this method did not work well.
So now maybe you are wondering who the lonely 20 people are who aren't receiving our card this year? Not naming names here, but if we haven't seen, heard from, text, tweeted or Facebooked each other in a few years, you probably got bumped.
Now that the cards are on their way I am already thinking about next year and what we will do about the list dilemma. My guess? We will end up with a larger list. Over the course of the next year we can only hope we will be fortunate enough to meet new friends, welcome new family and reconnect with those we've lost touch with. We are so very blessed to have this many greetings to send each year.
Merry Christmas! Celebrate the reason for the season with all of your family and friends.