As you know, the whole gift buying, gift wrapping, card giving thing is not for me. As someone who is terminally unromantic and about as traditional as today’s edition of the newspaper, Christmas is an especially trying time. All that choosing gifts! All that wrapping paper! WHAT IS WRONG WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE???
Anyway, I try. I try because I must, because I have small children and because apparently the rest of the world likes their gifts wrapped, and bigger than the size of a standard gift certificate.
However, things sunk to a new level recently at the kids school, which made me realize the world has taken this thing a bit too far.
It was another child’s birthday at school recently and the invitations were beautifully handmade, rolled up and tied with a bow and put in tiny golden baskets. Inside the basket were tiny sweets. I looked down wryly at my el cheepo ’20 invites for 20 bucks’ invites (we had a party for Adam and Kate at school as their real birthday is in school holidays) and thought DAMN! But you know, we can’t all be good at everything and some mothers are clearly way more creative than I am. As in WAY more creative.
But the real downer came a few days later as we were standing outside the school gates, and the party mom skipped up to us with a bunch of cards in her hand. Another party, I thought! But no, they were THANK YOU CARDS!!
OMG! THANK YOU CARDS??? Individually hand written cards, thanking each child for the gift they bought. I felt instantly dizzy. I.Can’t.Go.On.Anymore……
How am I ever supposed to keep up? A card for this, a card for that. Wrap this, put a bow on this. Remember this anniversary, celebrate this occasion. No people, we can’t carry on like this anymore. Someone has to put a stop to this before we end up wrapping ourselves in shiny paper with beautifully handmade cards stuck all over the important bits. When will the madness end!!!
I think I need to go lie down for a bit.
PS It was only after my kid’s party that I realized other mom’s didn’t write on the wrapping paper with a black pen “To Susie, love Adam and Kate”. Apparently you need a card for that too.