20 December 2007

Wrong?

Today seems to be holiday gifting day at my office, which is fun. I've received a mini Sharpie (in orange! my favorite!), a bottle of wine, and assorted baked goods. MMM. I ate a chocolate-covered graham cracker for breakfast. Awesome. We're having a Yankee Swap and potluck at noon. Who knows what treasure I shall receive?

But is it wrong that as soon as I've read the holiday cards from my coworkers, I immediately chuck them in the recycling? Some people display them in their cubes, I give them a cursory glance and send them to the circular file.

The twins and I brought in a gift basket to daycare today, filled with homemade toffee and a little something for everyone who works there. Maddie played Santa and handed out all the gifts, very cute.

I have a million things to do today, my last day in the office for two weeks. Must dig my motivation out of the deep, deep hole into which it appears to have tumbled.

16 comments:

bg's Little Sis said...

Not wrong, smart, I do it too:) My motivation and your motivation must be having a great time off somewhere together, I'm still digging and haven't found it!

Happy Holidays to you and the babies!

Lots of love,
lil'sis

Sara said...

I am just jealous that you have 2 weeks off of work. Not me!!!

Sarah said...

Is it wrong that I chop up old holiday cards and use them as tags on next year's presents? Because that's what I try to do. No one's caught me, yet :)

glove said...

Mother of twins . . . makes homemade toffee . . . how? I am the mother of no one except a cat and a dog, and can barely make the Pillsbury pre-mixed, pre-cut, fairly disgusting sugar cookies with the dyed Christmas tree in the middle.

I feel you on the digging up work motivation. One . . . more . . . day . . .

Ragtop Day said...

I'm stuck working at home today because of a snow day, meaning my older daughter is home - not getting as much work done as I should since she is BORED!
I usually feel obligated to display a card till whatever holiday it was given for has passed...and then I feel a little guilty when I finally do throw it away. I think cards themselves are such a waste of money, and are so expensive!

Christine said...

I can't let my husband read your blog -- he'll want to run away with you! He yells at me because I am a pack rat when it comes to anything sentimental. I still have Christmas cards from 10 years ago. No joke!

I have Monday and Wednesday off next week. Can't wait!

Wordgirl said...

I've just come across this post-- and simply by reading your profile I had to take a deep breath.

I look forward to spending some time with your blog.


Pam

Jolene said...

2 weeks off...gotta love that. No, it's okay. I received some from my accounts, read them, then tossed them. Maybe we're both mean people.....doubt it though. :)

OTRgirl said...

I hope you have a wonderful time away!

I've become fairly ruthless about clutter. The only cards I save have cover images I can repurpose for collage or for other cards. So, I'm with you on the card thing.

I've just realized I have nothing to give my local friends for Christmas! Ugh. One friend called to see if she could drop something off Friday or Saturday. I'm freaking out about what to give her in return. I just wish we could all skip the silly gestures (what's the point of a card with a name signed? A note, great, that's personal, but mailing cards with just a signature? I don't get it)

Amyinbc said...

I confess I have the same inclination with holiday cards. No display in this household.

We did get two that completely thrilled me though this year and I proudly kept. An 'aunt' of my daughters donated a pair of rabbits and a hen and rooster to a needy family in a developing country. We shall probably keep those two cards for years to come and wonder how they helped a family :)

Enjoy your two weeks off, how wonderful for you and the kids.

Elaine said...

It's possible that your disposal of the cards reflects your feelings toward what sounds like a pretty nice place to work!

Mama Nabi said...

I don't know if it's wrong - I do the same. If the card has a personal note in it, I save it until at least after the holiday season (i.e. first week of January) but if it's a card with a name in it, out it goes. (Of course, ones with pictures, I do save.

Homemade toffee? As in you made it? As in, can I worship you from afar... and can I have some? :-)

Hope you and the twins enjoy your 2 weeks off! Have a wonderful holiday!

Just Me said...

I've dumped nearly every card I've received straight into the basket behind my PO Box, just like all my non-personal mail. I feel slightly guilty too, but otherwise they turn immediately into clutter and I have enough of that. Plus the cards don't tend to make me happy; Christmas is hard for me.

babybound said...

Not wrong. Completely right. I mean really. Who needs all that clutter right? You read it. You appreciated it. You moved on.

buddha_girl said...

Hell, you're reducing clutter. You won't have to clean that stuff up when Christmas is gone!

I love that Maddie handed out the gifts. Adorable! Here's to finding a little motivation and a lot of peace!

Kizz said...

Everyone has their own reasons and clearly I'm in the LARGE minority of your readers but I always feel that it's offensive to the giver to ditch their card immediately. I wouldn't keep them after the holiday, with work cards I wouldn't take them home or anything but if most of the folks at work display cards I would display them until I got back from Christmas vaca and then have a New Year cleansing. I don't know, maybe I've always worked with bunches of oversensitive wussies, I don't know.