Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Holiday card etiquette and alligator-hunting Republicans
I've blogged before on family and how I believe we create our own.
I don't think blood is thicker than water - because I get along so well with my (step)brother. I think of Mr. Riot Kitty
and the cats and myself as a rather neat and tidy, loving family unit.
(Case in point from my little bro: we went to see Nine Inch Nails Sunday night, and I told him that I had finally found someone - Trent Reznor - who said "fuck" more than I did. His reply: "You'll have to work harder, then.")
And there are definitely family members with whom, as my dad said, I can't possibly share any DNA...
Which brings me to holiday cards.
I am sending out personal ones with photos of our catley children to friends and family, but I bought a box of "peace on earth" dove-type cards today for another category of people that I'd like to send cards to, but not ones that are as personal as signing off as, "Love, Earl Grey, Lucky, Mr. Riot Kitty and Riot Kitty."
You know - volunteers and board members I like working with, etc.
Is that weird?
And then there always comes the question: do you have to send holiday cards to people with whom you theoretically share DNA, but don't really care for?
My unofficial rule is that if I receive one, I send one back...
We were discussing this at the bookstore tonight when I was ringing up.
Bookstore employee: "You know the cards are buy two boxes, get one free?"
Me: "There aren't that many people I like."
Me: "Really. One side of my family are alligator-hunting Republicans."
This sent a couple of customers near me into frantic giggles, but it's true! I couldn't make it up.
What do you think? Who do you send cards to this season?