My hands are up. I surrender. See the white flag I carry. That is all to say, I give up on my conquest to keep the Christmas card tradition. Well, hopefully, I keep it through my last Christmas; I expect to have several more. So, to my nephews and nieces, remember me next December.

I admit to being a little harsh on those who choose a meme (one size fits all), punch a button to share with one’s 384 friends list and Christmas bonding is complete.

My main adversary is the United States Post Office. Yikes! I wish they would follow the Walmart pattern and remember that the cheaper the stamps, the more they would sell. My 384 friends list gets cut down to 38 quickly.

And I admit my choice for a special card for each of those 38 also becomes less necessary. How about my choice being cut to which one of eight cards is especially for friend number 20. You see I have two boxes of cards with four designs in each. So you probably get the one I can successfully get out of that too-tight box.

Now for which two boxes of cards I draw from. They will be the same as you received last year because I bought the left-overs at Mardel’s on January 6th at 90% off. Or the box I bought at the Dollar Store because I received a couple from friends who were not on my initial mail out labels.

Labels? You don’t handwrite the addresses? Yes, labels. I don’t handwrite. I have arthritis which never hurts; I don’t take chances, however. How about the signatures inside? Computer made labels.

Okay, the ones I mail out are not very personal; but the ones I receive are! So keep them coming. Snail mail. You would be rewarded by seeing my big small when I spotted an envelop on the table while ago. Is it? Oh, yes, it is. A Christmas card from Novetta! With a full lined page letter within! She needs an address for a long time ago relative. I’m about to send the address.

Ah, the joy of Christmas Cards. But I surrender to the technology that makes “cloud-sent” cards possible. That way I get to read your Christmas greetings to me and those you send to my friends.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. I’ve given up on sending 70-80 cards, too, Oneta. This year I’m sending cards to the people I get cards from. I don’t need to guilt everyone else. We keep up on one another’s lives on Facebook.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Amen. but I’ll keep my label list. 😀 The cards are so beautiful thumb tacked on the wall. I have one right here by my computer. It has been here for several years. “Worthy One, Emanual, God’s Dear Son” I should replace them with Birthday Cards. I never send birthday cards. It would be a worthy exchange. Except they don’t talk about Emanual, God’s Himself, coming as a baby. How amazing is that!

  2. says:

    I haven’t sent Christmas cards for many years now. Not only are the cards expensive, but the postage is awful. I usually include some art & poetry in my pre=Christmas blogs and also keep up with folks on facebook. The internet does serve a good purpose from time to time.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I still use about a hundred a year. I mail about a third of them. The others I sort out in the church fellowship where we exchange without the postage. Still fun and more personal than Face Book. I’m sure your receivers were happy with your personal contributions. I’m glad they are available to me. Merry Christmas.

      • says:

        Merry Christmas dear friend. May God continue to bless you in the coming new year and keep you going strong and healthy.❤️❤️❤️

  3. hatrack4 says:

    Merry Christmas Oneta. We got a lot of cards this year. Our church has a “mailbox” for you to distribute cards to other church members. If you had to use postage, I doubt we would have gotten many.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Can help a lot to have those “fellowship” mail slots of a table. I’ve never known a church to take money or donations, but I would much rather give to missions than to the Post Office. It is nice though to have something going which does not cost anything.

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