A friend was telling us today after tennis that she received one a week before Thanksgiving which I am sorry to say is just plain showing off. I literally have had mine addressed, stamped and sealed in mid November and left them on the counter until turkey day was done.
Not so much this year. I do have them ordered and should get them out before the 25th but I am behind the curve. The first card I received for the year was ultra impressive as the sender has four kids, one of whom is 6ish months old, and a step daughter and got those cards out before December 1st.
But whenever they come, I love getting Christmas cards. Those from local friends, out of town family and even the ones from people with whom the Christmas card is your only communication. One of my favorite in-town card stories is when Ann received Family X's card and told me about how her kids were being just awful and Family X's card arrived. They looked all perfect and she felt even worse. I mentioned that my card should have come that day too. She told me yes, "but we all know your family is far from perfect." So true, so true.
And I know there are those who think the once a year friendship reminder is trite. Me, I don't mind. Even if I can't be as close as I once was with old friends, that Christmas card is a reminder of what we were to each other. And that were we to bump into each other, we're still friends. So my list is large and ever-expanding as it takes seriously ticking me off to be removed. And if you aren't on it yet, send me a card. Always happy to add another friend.