Belfast Telegraph

Sad over lack of Christmas cards

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

I’ve just taken down my Christmas cards and it’s made me really sad. Before Christmas, as usual, I sat down and wrote nearly 200 cards to friends and relatives all over the world.

I’ve never begrudged doing this even though the postage costs quite a lot of money.

As I took down my cards, I counted them — just 47 — and suddenly I wondered, ‘Was it worth writing to all those others?’

I have always thought of myself as having a lot of friends but now I’m not so sure and I feel really depressed. My husband says I shouldn't worry about it, but I can't help it. FN

FIONA SAYS: REASON, SEASON OR LIFETIME — WHO'S WHO?

This isn't something to worry about. It is something to think about, though, and perhaps save yourself some money next year.

Make a list of everyone who sent you a card and, if you really feel you want to stay in touch with them, send them a card next Christmas.

Then take a long hard look at your Christmas card list and look at all the 150 or so people who didn't send you a card.

It is said that people are with us “for a reason, a season or a lifetime” — among those 47 cards will be some of your “lifetime” people. So cherish them, but let old “reasons” and “seasons” slip away — it's time to move on.

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