I love Christmas cards. The getting more than the giving. Years ago, prior to children I was a Christmas card snob. You know the ones. The people that expect that the cards should be signed, NOT PRINTED. The people that expect a personal note, NOT A GENERAL GREETING. The people that have WAY too much time on their hands… Yep, that was me. Times have changed along with expectations. I now send out PRINTED cards with GENERAL GREETINGS. I squeal in delight when I receive a card, any card. I am a BIG fan of the photo card. I search the pictures for clues of change. A few years ago I noticed AN ADDITIONAL CHILD in one of my best friend’s Christmas photos. Turns out she had a baby and forgot to tell me. Ooops! Big mistake. I am good for super cute baby gifts especially if it can be frilly and pink. This year I opened a photo card that struck me odd. It wasn’t that the family wasn’t handsomely dressed and posed perfectly, it was that they were TOO PERFECT. Like an iStock Photo family. I stared at the picture and realized that the reason it seemed like stock photography was that I didn’t recognize the family at all. I grabbed the envelope to make sure I opened something addressed to me. Yep. The holiday greetings were mine. I opened the card to read the printed signatures and that didn’t help either. I don’t know these people. Oh well. Cute family…up on the wall they go with the others. Yesterday I was at my in-laws house. I was looking through their Christmas cards when all of a sudden I came across my mystery family card. My mother-in-law had received one of the cards too! Me: Who are these people? MIL: I have no idea. Great. Is it possible that I have uncovered a new trend of Christmas card spam?



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  1. I’m shocked that you didn’t recognize us. 🙂

    Christmas card spam is pretty dangerous, just remember to not respond, otherwise next year, it will be 1,000 anonymous Christmas Cards. Of course if you are feeling lonely, it might be a good idea.

  2. That is so funny. Reminds me when I got married in 1982. I sent a shower invitation and a wedding invitation to a person that my mom worked with. We found her address in the phone book. It wasn’t until after my wedding that I received the most polite note congratulating me on my wedding but apologizing for not knowing me! Eeeks!

  3. I am totally doing that next year….just sending out an anonymous card with a picture from behind…see who my real friends are….

  4. Okay, so evil me now thinks it would be hilarious to pick random people out of the phone book and start sending them holiday cards.

  5. I think only you could be found with the latest type of spam!

    It’s kind of like Facebook friends. Sometimes you want to ask, “Why are you asking me to be your friend? Do I know you? Are you just trying to get more friends? (Or more cards.)”