By samanthaorwell on January 18, 2008 - 5:24pm
So once again it is that time of year again. Christmas. And let me just say that I hate Christmas. Not only because I'm a bitter grinch (I can admit it), but because of all that wasteful consumerism running rampant. And let me just say, Christmas came way too early this year. It's in VERY poor taste to be putting Christmas trees and holiday decorations prior to Halloween, and definitely in poor taste to have such things up on Remembrance Day. Yet they were up well before both holidays. Disgusting. Anyhow, let's talk about Christmas cards, or how I'd like to see them, "seasonal greeting cards" which are only sent during one season. I have decided to get into the networking business and I have found sending seasonal greeting cards to be the least offensive manner to keep in touch with all those people you met during the year- "I know you but I don't really know you"-types. You know what I'm talking about. All those people that you know you'll need to keep in touch with because at some point along the road you'll need them. So here I am, attempting to be a seasonal greetings card with no reference to any religion. It's difficult, to say the least. All cards either have references to Christmas, Hanukkah outside and inside the card, or have implicit references with pictures of ornaments or trees. Is it so difficult for somebody to make a card that says, "season's greetings" and not mess it up with some flashy reference to a denominational/religious holiday? Not that I'm politically correct in any sense, but I just want the cards I send to reflect my personality. Or I don't want the cards I send to reflect anything more than what I want them to say. I don't wish you a Merry Christmas, and I don't wish you a Happy Hanukah (sorry, Kwanzaa… I didn't find you on any cards- greeting cards seem to think you're too much of a minority-holiday to celebrate). I don't need a nativity scene, 3 old men "bearing gifts", little baby angels with miniature trumpets, reindeer tugging at a sleigh, dwarves carrying giant packages, or any type of plant, house, or scene decorated in lights or reflective dress. I'm tempted to get the menorah card just because I love the story, but that would neither reflect what I believe in nor do the religion justice. I want whatever I send to say a mild, "Have a nice season- hope nothing bad happens. And, oh yeah, don't forget me because at some point in the future we'll talk again." Maybe a "season's greetings" on the front and then inside a little message saying how I hope you well this season (without it mentioning "holiday" season). Or a nice picture of a snowy Winter scene..maybe some firelogs in a serene wood cabin down by the lake. Anyways, my "seasonal greeting card" search is still on. If anybody can find a card somewhere that has no reference to religion then send me a note because I'll buy out their whole stock to show my appreciation for the fact that such cards even exist.