Saturday, November 24, 2007
In Praise Of The Post
I have a love/hate relationship with Canada Post: I hate how slow they are and that I'm pretty sure there's no one working my route on Fridays, but I love, love, love getting mail. After we moved to Toronto I decided it would be nice to send paper Christmas cards to people we knew -- mainly so that we could keep in touch with all the people back here in Alberta. In the beginning I bought those super cheap but really kitschy boxed cards from the dollar store (you know, 50 Assorted for $2), but as the years go by, it's been harder to find the overstock designs from the 70s that I tend to favour. So, the cards have got a bit nicer (though not handmade -- I'm not a masochist), I've started including wallet sized portraits of Ruby and the list grows every year.
Here's my stack of finished cards for this year, just waiting to be stamped and stuffed with Ruby's picture (from Wal-Mart, which I loathe to support, but they do offer quite the deal on kiddie photos). The stack on the left are the ones that need addresses tracked down, which is always a pain. Since we've lived in a couple different cities, have a lot of friends that have moved around and have massive families, the cards number at about 100 this year. I love this tradition of sending cards -- I know some people think ecards will do, but I totally disagree. Paper all the way.
And of course, if I get some back in return, I don't mind that at all. Not one bit.