Last year I offered to send the first 20 commenters on this entry a handmade Christmas card.
Unfortunately Myne didn’t receive her card, so I decided to check with those who hadn’t already contacted me to see if they got their cards. Then I decided to do a little trivia of card-related stuff:
- Number of people who signed up: 20
- Number of people who sent me their mailing address: 15 (nine in North America, four in Europe, two in Africa). I sent an email reminder to those who hadn’t sent their address in.
- Number of cards mailed by me: 15
- Number of people who confirmed receipt of their card: 9
- Number of people who confirmed they did not receive the card: 4
- Number of people I didn’t hear from (but I hope they got their card!): 2
I’m so disappointed that four cards went missing: two that were sent to the USA and two that went to Nigeria. I’m most surprised about the USA-bound cards, given the proximity of Canada and USA, and given the relatively reliable postal services in both countries. My guess is those cards were casualties of a busy Christmas season and I wonder how many cards get lost during heavier-than-normal mailing seasons. I still think it’s an unusually high number of cards to lose though!
The Nigeria-bound cards not reaching their destination did not surprise me: my skepticism of Nigeria’s postal system (from past experience rather than assumption) is a reason why I normally don’t offer to mail cards to Nigeria. After I mailed the cards I realized that the fact that they were a bit 3-dimensional worked against them: someone in the mail-sorting department might have thought there was something in the cards and ripped open the envelope, only to see some fabric and other crafty goodness instead. Having destroyed the envelope, what else could they do but throw the card away?
A friend of mine from Europe says the same thing would happen if she tried sending something like the cards I made to her home country. Her mom does something clever though: she doesn’t seal the envelope! That way if an
opportunistic thief curious person who wants to see the contents of the envelope can without damaging the envelope. If they are not interested in a handmade card addressed to someone else they can simply close or seal the envelope and keep it moving. Of course someone might be rotten and simply throw the card away anyway, in punishment for the lack of a prize within the card. I will try this trick next year.
I also received Christmas cards, from reader Gochi and Clara…lucky me!
I love receiving mail that isn’t a bill, and I think a lot of people do. But as we do less writing on paper and more typing, the art of sending letters or cards may soon die. Because of that I want to write thank you cards this year for situations where I’d normally just say thank you in person. I can still say thank you, but I’ll also share a card too. I’ll start with a thank you card for my neighbour, who left a loaf of banana bread and a Christmas card on my doorstep (so nice!).