December 13, 2007

Ellen's Christmas Card

Nobody loves Christmas cards as much as I do. Nobody. I need your help with a dilemma I've been stewing over for the past few days.

I send out my Christmas cards nice and early, to give everyone the chance to send me one back. Checking my mailbox and finding it stuffed full of personalized letters is one of my absolute joys of the season. Two days ago I went to the mailbox and was delighted to find eight Christmas cards. But one of the cards wasn't addressed to me. It was to my address, but the name is one I didn't recognize. The sender obviously had mis-addressed it.

But I want the card. I string my cards up along the sides of our hallway during December and every card adds to the festivity. I want to hang it with the rest of them and hope nobody notices it's addressed to, "Ellen." I haven't opened the letter but I haven't put it back in the mailbox to return to sender either. Is there any chance that Ellen will really appreciate her card as much as I would? Was it perhaps Christmas karma that brought to card to me, the patron saint of Christmas cards? So my question is this, on a scale of one to ten, how evil would I be to open the card and claim it as my own? One being "go for it" and ten being, "you sir, are worse than Hitler." Could it be that this is Ellen's only Christmas card this year and by not returning it, I drive her to believe she is unloved and thus gain 50 pounds of depression weight over the holidays? But then again, what if I return the card to the sender and they don't bother finding a current address for this Ellen and the card is tossed in the trash? My addiction to Christmas cards really has made this a difficult issue for me.

So what say you? I'll take your comments into consideration and then decided whether or not to return the card to the mailman. I'm already sick of the thought of letting a Christmas card escape my clutches. But I have a feeling that I know what you all are going to say. Now you just need to say it.

43 comments:

Adrienne said...

Hon, I love ya, but... you're going to live without our Christmas card this year. You'll get the wedding invite just after, though, so you can string that up. It's kind of festive, right?

Janell said...

I'm sure Ellen will miss her card just as much as you miss your other cards. Send it back to her, and I'll send you a new one.

Heffalump said...

Hey, too bad we don't all have your mailing address, then we could all send you a card for your collection.
On one hand...Ellen's card might just be from her insurance company or something and they got her address wrong....BUT if could be from a long lost love who doesn't know she moved and sent her a Christmas card in the hopes of rekindling an old romance that could lead to Ellen not being an old maid anymore!
I say, better safe than sorry. I would send you a replacement card if I had your address...my cards are pop-up this year!

Lizzy said...

share the wealth...send it back

Hollywood said...

Sniff. Fine. Heffalump, pop up cards? That's awesome! Adrienne and Janell, I'll be checking my mailbox.

MAGIRK said...

Sorry, hun. You should send it back. :( It's the right thing to do. If you want to send me your address, though, I'll send you one of ours. :)

Even though you have no idea who I am. :) Our card is really cute...

Jill said...

Sure do love ya, but I'd have to say that would be an 11 on your scale. Is your salvation really worth one little card!?!?!?!?!?!?
:)

her royal highness said...

I say write a note to the sender on the back of the envelope expressing your desire for said card & if they don't want to track down Ellen then they can resend it back to you.
I think if you did that you would probably get a card from them forevermore.

patrick said...

Two words: felony. Don't mess with big brother. There is a reason they call it "going postal."

Hollywood said...

Seriously? Is opening someone else's mail a felony even if it comes to your address?

I just got back from the mailbox and you all can rest assured Ellen's card is forever out of my Christmas clutches.

Anonymous said...

i say send it back, it is the right thing to do afterall

Karen said...

I'm pretty sure you should give the card back to dear Helen. She's probably some little old lady who loves cards even more than you do. Hard to believe, but true nonetheless.

But here's a thought. Write a note about this on the envelope and maybe Helen will send you a lovely card just for you to keep. And she may continue the tradition for years to come. See how it all works out?

Anonymous said...

yes it really is a felony to open someone elses mail. but i was wondering, is it a crime to open your sisters mail when u r 6?

Anonymous said...

Ummm, I would totally keep it and open it and what's more? I wouldn't even feel bad. Sometimes we get cards not addressed to us, and we've lived at our same house for over 4 years now. I figure, they must not really know each other all that well...

And yes, I'm going anonymous because of all this felony talk! It's a Christmas card, not taxes...I'm going straight to hell aren't I?

The Wiz said...

I love cards too. Big time love. But I have already received 2 for the old owner and have sent them back. Plus, one looked like a letter without a card - not festive to hang.

Laura said...

Saraaaaaaaah, please send me your address!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Summer said...

I would definitely return it.

Spike said...

it is a felony to steal mail out of someone else's mailbox. but opening mail that was put in your mail box? not a felony. big difference.


that will be $24, please.

Spike said...

oh, and learn to count to one, patrick. i don't know if i can feel good about driving around on utah's roads, knowing they have been designed by engineers who can't count to one.

Jenny said...

I would totally open it. If it was a super personal card I would put it back in the envelope and tape it closed and send it back. And if wasn't I would add it to your collection. Does that make me a terrible person?

Colleen said...

That is quite the quandary. I'd probably return it, but that's my overactive conscience talking. I'd probably have nightmares about poor Ellen. Do you remember that seminary video about the old grandma who faithfully shuffles to her mailbox every day, just hoping for one letter? I'd be afraid that's who Ellen is.

Yours was our first Christmas card this year! You should totally get some kind of prize. Jim's doing a white elephant exchange at work tomorrow. I see some serious prize potential there.

melindahhh said...

Send it back, rent a PO box, publish the number on the blog (with a snarky little request), and you will get 600 cards from your adoring public. (I didnt read the comments, maybe someone already suggested this?)

Anonymous said...

Keep it! Send it back after the holidays if you're feeling guilty. That way you both enjoy it.

Kelly said...

If you keep it, you should at least send her one of your cards to make up for it.

patrick said...

Spike, if that is you're real name... you're telling me that any letter not addressed to you inadvertantly left in your mailbox is fair game? I'm pretty sure you can't go opening other's mail just because it was delivered to you.

Oh, and the "two words" is a quote from a movie. You should focus more on the conversation and not how much you're making per minute...

tracy m said...

Eh, do whatever you want. I've kept mail that came to my house, and I send mail back. Meh.

I did send you a card already, though. Did ya get it yet??!

Nancy said...

Yes, you probably should return the card to the sender. But... sometimes we all need to do something devious and on the grand scale of things, opening someone else's Christmas card when it was sent to your address is really not that big a deal. I say go for it!

Eskinose Kisses said...

I'll send you one of our "green" christmas cards....it's a postcard picture of my family. I'll be sending another one in your direction anyway, what's one more?! You can never get too many christmas cards.

Ellen said...

I am missing one card. Please forward it along.

Teah said...

Hahaha....I guess you'll have to send it back. HOWEVER, by admitting your strange Christmas Card fetish, I see you've found a PLETHORA of people willing to accommodate you.

Merry Christmas! You got ours, right?

mamie said...

I just read this article on CNN.com and couldn't help but think of Ellen and the fate of that card. Hope this link works. http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/14/long.lost.card.ap/index.htmlCan't wait to see you and your little ones at Christmas

Hollywood said...

Tracy, I haven't gotten your card yet - maybe it will be in the box today! And Teah, I did get your card! I was thinking you two were just doing the e-card thing this year so I was really glad to get something physical in the mail. I can't hang e-cards.

Kelly, that's a good idea to send her one of my cards! Unfortunatley, once again I shortchanged myself on my card ordering and am having to be picky about who gets one. You'd think 275 cards would be enough! I guess that's what you get when you have enormous extended families, have moved 10 times in your marriage and have to send them to your husband's work contacts.

Hollywood said...

Doh! Dead link, Mamie!

Marie said...

That's pretty darn evil. That card could be from a long-lost love, or a very old friend that spent $20 to find Ellen on People Finder. Please send it back!

I've only gotten three cards so far. Wah!

Marie said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
mamie said...

go to cnn.com right now. It's in the side bar. You have got to read this thing. "Christmas card arrives 93 years late" This is what happens to when you keep it, open it and then the guilt finally overtakes you on your deathbed and you send it back...
I love it.

kaff said...

I would have opened it "accidently", checked it out and sent it back with a note of how wonderful their card was. And since you did such a good deed of returning Ellen's card they would have sent you one too :) We are supposedly taking photos this weekend, so my card will be at the tail end of the season... just extending the hoilday for you!

korkie said...

Make a photocopy of the cards, and send the originals back.

Jared said...

umm...that's about a 7. i have a card in my house with the same dilemma-but more like-'what if it has christmas money in it?? right?" no-i won't keep it. -melissa

itserin2u said...

I say keep the card! We put our cards on the Christmas tree and last year we had a picture card up of a family we didnt know from new york!

Kelly said...

Perhaps you should call your Aunt Ellen and ask her if it's one of hers. If it is, she'll probably let you keep it.

BTW, I was so inspired by your postcard card, that's what I did! Hope you liked it!

Kelly said...

Perhaps you should call your Aunt Ellen and ask her if it's hers. If it is, I bet she'll let you keep it.

BTW, I was so inspired by your postcard card that I stole the idea! I hope you liked it!

Kelly said...

Ooops sorry!