Influx of cards
If you’re Belgian, this morning is when you will find the presents Sinterklaas left for you. And if you’ve grown too big for your dummy and left it in your shoe, Sinterklaas will have taken it away to look after it, leaving chocolate in its place (which is an exchange of vices that may not work in your favour).
As cards come in (if you still have anyone who sends them to you):
- Update your address book with the sender’s return addresses (and their significant others, if they’ve mentioned them).
- Add the senders to your Christmas card list for next year.
- You may want to respond to personal notes (email is fine).
- If you get a card from someone you didn’t send one to, pop one in the post to them pronto!
Today is a good day to make lemon butter for your hampers and make sure you keep at least one jar for yourself because it makes excellent Christmas desserts. (See 22 April.)
I am confident that these whipper-snapper ideas people have designed a good office party but I do not know yet that they can execute a good office party so I insisted we have a social club committee meeting at lunchtime today to go over the plans for Friday night. Sure enough, everyone thought everyone else was doing all the work and that they just had to swan in looking lovely. But now we’re all quite clear on who’s buying the alcohol (me: I have the purse strings), who’s mixing the wassail (Adam, who has been practising at home and has been looking quite bleary-eyed as a consequence), and who’s doing the final comms (Laura, who has already drawn a pretty series of posters and written some witty emails). (I particularly liked “R.S.V.P. = Really Special Vintage Party”.)
 Failing to mention significant others may also be significant: the first I knew of my friend Jenny’s separation was when she omitted Richard’s name from her Christmas cards.
 My old neighbour Gustav used to write “return to sender” on his and send them straight back and I don’t think anyone had to be told twice.
 Or passionfruit butter, by swapping passionfruit pulp for the lemon juice.