I am trying to do a bit of cost-cutting just now. The credit cards have gone and the budgetting is getting serious. Lights are being put out and heating is turned down a tad. I even tried bargain-priced Astral face-cream – well if it’s good enough for Joanna Lumley… – but I felt like I had the contents of a chip pan on my chops so gave up on that one. I may even be chopping my Christmas card list to a minimum with e-cards sent to those who won’t mind.
And that brings me to the subject of Christmas cards in church. We all have special friends in church to whom we like to send a card. Only we don’t ‘send’ it, we bring it to church to save money on postage. This is a good thing, you’d think. But I have a bit of a problem with this. For one, it means clutters of envelopes lying at the back of church well into February because someone hasn’t been or forgot to have a look. And I have also seen the sad faces of those who look hopefully through the cards, helpfully in alphabetical order, only to find nothing for them. Why am I not as popular as Mrs so-and-so? She gets dozens every week and I get nothing. Does nobody like me? Have I done something to offend?
So, in the past, I have suggested that people write one Christmas card to all their friends at church and we put it up on the wall. If you like, you can even put the money you’ve saved into the jar for charity. It is a great idea which you’d think would please all. But no. It seems that we still want to send cards to ‘special’ friends just in case they send one to us. So it still goes on. Some send a card to church but also sneak a few personal ones at the back of church. And some people go on feeling hurt and rejected.
Anyone out there managed to crack this one?