Charlie Brown: [Yells into mailbox] Hello in there.
[looks away and soon begins to walk]
Charlie Brown: Rats. Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there weren’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?
Taken from: A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965
It is a tradition that we give out cards during the Holiday Season. Cards that have phrases such as “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” “May the holiday brings you peace and love,” etc… My question is: are you obligated to write more beyond these printed words? If so, what am I supposed to write?
I remembered when I was in middle and high school, on the last day of school before Christmas, everyone walks around with a stack of cards and hand it out with either a candy cane or a gift, or some kind of treat. I don’t remember writing anything beyond signing my name on the bottom of the card, even the one addressed to my teachers. Actually, one year, I was “kind” enough to not even sign my name. I figured, if I didn’t sign it, my friends would be able to “recycle” my card and give it to other people. The truth is, when I get home, all these cards usually end up in the trash or if they were lucky, they will get to be under my Christmas and then get disposed by the time Christmas is over
By the time college comes around, I only gave out Christmas cards to my roommates. Now that I am grown and working, I don’t even know what to do with Christmas cards. If I just sign my name, is that too impersonal ? I don’t want people to think that I don’t appreciate them. For me, Christmas cards are for people who I truly care for and am thankful for. Isn’t that the purpose for Christmas cards nowadays? Or maybe it’s just me. I use the card not only to send holiday wishes, but mainly to thank them for things in the year. As a result, I am convinced that I should write something in these cards…and here is where the trouble comes in: my vocabulary is so limited and I am so uncreative that I don’t know what to write. Thank God for Google or else I would spend hours ans hours writing the same ‘old phrases. So far, out of the cards I have been receiving “It was great working with you this year” seems to be a popular phrase. I will definitely recycle this phrase in my cards.
Another dilemma is who do I send these cards to? I want to give it out to my entire department, and then there are people who helped my along the way, but in some instances, I don’t know if I should. Am I THAT close to them to give them a Christmas card? And then there are people who sent me a card and I didn’t plan to send one back. Just a note here, a colleague of mine went to everyone’ classroom to send holiday cheers because he was getting so many cards while he didn’t send out any. Out of guilt, he ended up sending personal Christmas cards on the last day of school.
Here’s a sample from my stack
To: Math department + Literacy Coach + Math Coach + Science Coach
One of the joy of Christmas is a chance to say thank you and wishing you the best for the new year