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Daily Diary: You Don’t Realize How “Type A” You Are Until You Do Your Christmas Cards


Anyone who knows me on a professional level can attest to the fact that I can get a little… type A. Heck, anyone who knows me on personal level will probably say the same thing.

My poor husband… Think of him often and pray for him. LOL.

Well, last night I FINALLY did my Christmas cards. There’s a certain WAY I do them though and this year I had to just accept it isn’t going to happen. Here’s what I usually do:

  • Take photos / order cards day after Thanksgiving
  • Order return address labels prior to season
  • Get stamps (domestic and international) prior to season
  • Make last minute adjustments to last year’s label sheet (if someone had a baby replace Mr. and Mrs X with The X Family) etc.
  • Print address label spreadsheet
  • Have cards out by first week of December
  • Print second set of label spreadsheet on regular paper and cross off each card that comes in
  • Tape the cards all around my living room in the order I received them (YES I LIKE DOING THIS)
  • Make adjustments to any addresses that have changed throughout the year by stapling the return address labels to the second spreadsheet
  • End of season remove any addresses that did not send card / make adjustments to addresses that have changed
  • Save new file with new year end date

Yeah- this just isn’t going to happen.

I was pretty much in a panic last night trying to get Bill to promise to do all of the above. He didn’t even remotely entertain it. It made me laugh a bit because first I was so so so so upset and then I realized how very unimportant this all is in the grand scheme of things!

Anyway – hopefully it will all work out. And if it doesn’t – there is always next year. πŸ™‚

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  1. really, anyone who didnt send a card is not going to get one from you next year? and if they have a really good explanonation? or if they just dont do xmas cards but are good friends throughout the year? πŸ˜‰

    1. This really relates to old classmates from two years before. If my children no longer see these families – we usually stop communicating. If they send a card, I always reciprocate. I never want to feel like I am forcing anyone to send me anything. πŸ™‚

  2. You are a better woman than I, Vera. I try so hard to send some out every year, but it just doesn’t happen. Part of me thinks I should make a good effort this year since we moved and not everyone knows it. I guess it’s a good way to let them know (if they pay attention to the label, that is).

    Seriously, with all that’s going on in your personal and professional life, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t finish…

  3. this may not be type A – may be OCD. checking the list to see what cards came in seems like over doing it a bit. Send the cards to the people you want and if you get one from someone you didn’t send one to then reciprocate.

  4. In the grand scheme of things – supportive husband, loving marriage, healthy kids, work you love, great friends/family (in no particular order) – these are the important things. Christmas cards? Not very important at all – actually pretty petty in the grand scheme of things…

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