I love sending out Christmas cards. It's a tradition I've maintained all 22 years of our marriage. I love writing something personal inside, even if short. I love receiving them.
So when I heard mention of Christmas cards on a radio program the other day, I paused to listen. The radio hosts were speaking about Christmas cards and whether or not a couple should send them 'together' if they weren't married. Hmmmm..... well that was interesting. They took in lots of phone calls on this subject. The woman on the radio was living with her boyfriend and wasn't sure if they should BOTH sign her names on the Christmas cards she was sending out. She worried that maybe only married couples should sign Christmas cards. Was asking him to sign the cards be appropriate or maybe that was asking too much, she wondered. And so would signing the card jinx the relationship?
Asking too much to have a boyfriend committed to living with her sign a Christmas card? Really? He can commit to living with you but not sign a card?? And signing the card would jinx the relationship?? REALLY???
I was truly appauled by the amount of callers who said NO - don't sign the card - that's too much commitment. No one mentioned that LIVING TOGETHER is a much much BIGGER COMMITMENT.
What is the world coming to?
Personally- I think only married couples should be living together. That's it. I said it.
But that point aside, if someone truly thinks that signing a card might be the demise of their relationship, I tend to think the demise is already there.
I turned the radio off. I went home and started filling out my Christmas cards. Cards that I lovingly sign my husband's name to as well as my children....and as far as I know, those cards have never jinxed our marriage.