I have to do something. I talked this over with Jane and she agreed with me.
Every year I mail out Christmas cards to various people and more than half are to people in the UK. Now granted a lot are family, but some are to friends and acquaintances in the UK. I was looking through my list of who I had received cards, letters, notes and photos from last year. I received only a couple of letters from people. Remember the majority of these people I don't talk to from one year to the next.
Due to the lack of communication other than a Christmas card, it makes me wonder if they actually want any contact with us, and only send us a Christmas card because I send them one? So this year I am giving them a "way to get out of sending us a Christmas card ever again card." I composed my annual Christmas letter on Monday and mentioned that due to the cost of postage for us and how busy everyone else is, that if they wanted to stop sending us a Christmas card that was fine. If they wanted to just send us email greetings, I have included my email address. The choice is theirs; as to my mind if they can't even be bothered to include a few lines in a card I am quite sure they won't care one way or another if they mail us a Christmas card?
I am sure this will tick off some people, but I am also sure some people will be thankful that they don't have to trail to the post office for an international stamp. Is there anyone else that feels this way? I plan on having at least the Christmas cards with UK addresses on sent by the end of the week. Stay tuned to see what happens. By the way I asked dh about this and as he pointed out if it was up to him, no one would get a Christmas card!!!
Thanks to the temperatures being warm still on Monday I also managed to get some of the Christmas lights hung up on the deck, so another job out of the way. Just as well as by Tuesday am it was flipping cold and after the rain we had late on Monday I now have an ice rink for the birdies:
Have to say there have been a few close calls when the birds come in to land!!