So that’s that then, for another year. Christmas is a distant memory (ahh, remember Christmas 2011? The turkey! The sautéed sprouts with pancetta! The disappointing episodes of Ab Fab!).
The New Year’s Day hangover has (only just) subsided and it’s now officially too late to still be saying “Happy new year!” to people we meet. We’ve pretty much given up on any new year resolutions we made (you haven’t? 10 points to you! Keep going!) and the kids’ thank you cards have been bought, written and posted.
Actually, do people still write thank you cards? I don’t think I’ve received many over the last few years, but it’s a tradition I’m going to instil in my family. It feels like children are receiving more Christmas presents than ever before, despite the country being gripped by a recession. How depressing then, if children are being raised to happily receive bikes and dolls and Cars 2 merchandise and Peppa Pig books and LeapPads but not to spend a little time saying thank you by sending a card.
The inner geek in me loves using Hugmail to send thank you cards. The free phone app turns your photos into postcards and after adding the message and an address to post it to, the app sends the postcard direct to the recipient for £1.49. And it’s still £1.49 even if the recipient lives in San Francisco or Paris.
OK, so you could probably get some photos printed, buy some traditional thank you cards and post them at an overall lower cost, but there is something genuinely lovely about receiving a personalised photo postcard. And call me lazy, but I love being able to write and send thank you cards from the train as I commute to work, or from the sofa while watching (and secretly enjoying – sshh don’t tell anyone!) The One Show.
So it’s not too late. If you haven’t sent out thank you cards yet for the presents your children (or you) received at Christmas, get in on the Hugmail action now.