Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Season's Greetings!

I've threatened this before. (Threatened? Promised?) A couple of years ago I was being all Scrooge-like about the one Christmas tradition I really don't understand. Almost every year I say I'll stop it at the same time as grumbling about the time it takes, the expense of it and the sheer pointlessness of it all. I'm not dreaming of a White Christmas. Well, perhaps I am. But not with every Christmas card I write. Because this year - finally, at last and long overdue - I'm not writing any.

Now I love Christmas, I really do. I love (almost) everything about it. I've already told you I like shopping for Christmas presents (and would still like to know what you'd add to my list). But the sending of cards to those you're going to see personally, to those you see at work every day, to those you're going to wake up next to on Christmas Day...

Don't get me wrong; I'm still wishing everyone a 'Merry Christmas' at every available opportunity. And that's the point. Why send a piece of cardboard which may or may not get there and spend a fortune on the postage to do something I'll be doing either personally, or through the medium of technology (and I'm talking telephones here) anyway? I suppose there is still a case for sending cards to those far-flung friends and rellies not on Facebook or connected to the internet. But that isn't many. Really it isn't.

So here's the deal. This year, everyone will be getting their very own e-card. And I don't just mean the kind of thing you sign up for online and cut-and-paste your face into. If you're on twitter, I'll send you a #twittercard. Facebook, likewise. And I'll be giving the money I've saved to a local homelessness charity. It's quite liberating, really. And it's not at all related to the fact that I seem to be so disorganised this year I'd probably not have written my cards until New Year anyway.

Ok, well maybe it is a bit. But that's really only nudged me into doing something that I've wanted to do for years. Namely, this...


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