The Christmas card conundrum

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 14th December 2011

Christmas is full of conundrums. How long to cook the turkey for? Whether to make bread sauce (I loathe the stuff)? What to buy the in-laws? But the trickiest puzzle by far is… what to do with the Christmas cards.

Lots of people have stopped buying cards altogether or opted for e-cards ages ago – but not me. I love sending Christmas cards and I love getting them back.

The only trouble is that I haven’t got a clue where to put them. Artistic friends hang them on scarlet ribbons from VV Rouleaux while others prop them on the mantelpiece. The problem is that we haven’t got a mantelpiece and if I cack-handedly try the ribbon thing it looks awful.

So after a few days I always opt for my mother’s tried and tested solution. It’s quick, easy and doesn’t involve any creative flair whatsoever. I get a large bowl out of the kitchen cupboard, plonk it in the middle of the table and chuck the cards in. Simple!

PS. Now the Christmas cards are sorted, the next thing on my list is to find an uplifting carol service. My children’s carol singing days are long gone and my confirmed atheist husband refuses point-blank to go anywhere near a church, so if you see a solitary, but very happy, figure sitting in an Oxford pew it’ll be me.


6 comments so far

  • Two comments before 7am! – no need to doubt the popularity of your blog 🙂

    I definitely opt for the cover dustable surfaces options.

    It has become tradition for my girls and I to decorate the tree in Christmas. They both read for the Christingle on Dec 24th, I go to midnight mass, and we all go to church Christmas morning! Shame you live too far away – we get plenty of carols in those three!

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