Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Get A Move On
It's this time of year again...actually it's been this time of year for some time now but I've chosen to ignore it, thus the scrambling starts for me today.
I'm talking about our New Years postcards, which we call Nen-ga-jo (年賀状) in Japanese. It's customary for everyone to send out these postcards to family, friends, and co-workers.
If you look at the postbox above you'll see that they are separated from the regular mail, Nengajo to the left and regular mail to the right. They separated it from the regular mail because these Nengajo are only to be delivered after the first of January.
This system starts on December 10th each year and the post office asks us to send out the Nengajo by the 25th, in order for it to be delivered on the 1st. But lazy people like me know that if you send it out by the 30th, it'll probably get there in time. ha.
There are simple Nengajo that you can just buy and write a quick message. Others make their own, using family pictures, which are my favorite kind. I like to hand make my own every year, so I haul out my stamps and embossing powders. I also use a brush-like pen to write out everyone's addresses.
Like regular letters, the Nengajo tradition is kind of starting to fade out. Many of my friends just text me on my cellphone on New Years. But I like this tradition, and although it really is time consuming, I love receiving them on New Years from friends and family and plan on sending them out every year.
Better get to work...!