I found myself writing Christmas cards today. Not that I write many, you need friends for that, but I had the list of requirements in front of me, selected appropriate cards, cheap ones for them, a couple of good ones for the others, and began to slug it out. Luckily I soon realised there was one or two things to buy before I could complete the job so dumped it back in the cupboard.
Some years ago I was sending a lot of cards and realised many folks returned them simply because I sent them one, this did not indicate they wished to know me. So one year I only sent cards to those who may well have expected one or wished to keep in touch. Amongst these for some years was an aunt who I always wrote a wee note to around this time reminding her of my need of Christmas presents, I never received any! She expected something from me mind! having curtailed the cards I sent the next year those who offered cards 'just because' fell away, both saved time and money. We have family and close friends, we then have friends and acquaintances we know well, around them lies a third ring as it were, these represent people we may meet often, get on well with but do not need to supply with gifts, cards or anything but a greeting and a handshake. Today of course all can be dealt with by internet cards or email greetings, cheap, more efficient than post, and for those who feel the need to describe the past years activities to the world a far better thing all round.
My biggest expenses have been paid, only one or two things to think about, one or two funny cards maybe, and then prepare to send them at the beginning of December. I always post early as I understand what the post is like, this also of course reminds others to get their cards sorted and then send me one.