And that's why this holiday season is going to hurt: I don't get to.
My original plan was going to be expensive: buy copies of the Principia for all my favourite people and send them out. It would have been beautiful. Unfortunately, I can't do that, because I can't afford it.
So, instead, I have to go back to cards. I hate sending cards. I'm not a cards person. I like to think that I'm creative, though, and I try to cycle cards through. Of course, I've just realized that I haven't kept track of which cards I've sent to people over the years, so I have to buy new cards in order to avoid sending the same card twice in a row and looking cheap. Then again, I am pretty darn cheap.
If I don't have your address, and you'd like to be on my list, email it to me (my email is accessible off my website, and I don't post it in my LJ because of spiders).
Of course, this assumes that I manage to send cards out. I kind of suck at getting them out. In general, I send to friends first, and then to family. Though sometimes it gets all mixed up. But I have a list.
Oh, and I don't expect anything in return. A card is a card, a gift is a gift. If you get either, bully for you.
I get asked why I don't celebrate things. No birthdays, no holidays, nothing. Quite honestly, I'm not totally sure. But I think a lot of it has to do with the weird feeling I get when I know someone bought me something for an occasion. I always feel like they didn't buy it because they like me, but because they felt they had to, and that makes me feel bad. Because of that, I keep my birthday as low profile as possible, and I try to avoid occasions where I might receive gifts.
I really feel that gift-giving shouldn't be done out of obligation, but out of joy and love. I like to send people things out of the blue, not for occasions. I feel like they mean more that way.
If you feel like I do, then you should probably sign up for PostcardX, because it's a lot of fun. I've gotten neat things from it. And it's nice to get mail.
Of course, being anti-celebration myself, I have a hard time remembering/caring that people have birthdays. This gets me into lots of trouble all year long. If someone gives me enough advanced warning, and said warning isn't too advanced, then I can usually remember. But I forget so often it seems to infuriate a lot of people.