If you asked my wife, she would probably tell you that I am the closest thing to a real life Ebenezer Scrooge. She threatens me regularly and tells me that I have to get into the Christmas spirit for our kids.
As it turns out, I am not that cynical. I enjoy the season very much, actually. I love watching people open gifts. I love sharing the miraculous story of Christ’s birth. And boy do I love the food.
My only two qualms, really, come with the music and the Christmas cards. The music really gets on my nerves. But, as for the cards, I really just don’t get the point. You are going to send people a card to tell them Merry Christmas? A card? With words written on it?
Why on earth wouldn’t you just tell them in person or call them on the phone? My goodness, with modern technology, there are hundreds of ways to get in touch with people. And we buy little pieces of paper and postage just to say Merry Christmas? Seriously, it just doesn’t make sense to me.
Also, there is the fact that over $2 billion are spent on Christmas cards in America annually. I would go into how many homeless people could be helped, hungry people fed, and so on but that may be a little much.
Regardless of my thoughts on the subject, my family fully participates in the Christmas card madness each year. As my wife requires my participation, I make sure that we have high standards. If we are going to spend time and money on this, we have to do it right.
This year, this is what we came up with:
What do you think?
Does your family get excited about Christmas cards? Do you decorate your fridge or a door frame with them? Can we still be friends now that you know how I feel about them?
Are there any other Christmas traditions that you just don’t get?