The 2011 Christmas Card Game
Christmas Cards, Holidays Cards, Season’s Greetings, whatever it is you want to call them, this is the time of year when we keep the U.S. Postal Service solvent by sending out copious amounts of mail, mostly out of a sense of guilt and obligation. In fact, most people wish this lame holiday tradition would come to an end.
On the other hand, there is opportunity for fun and bragging rights. This is your chance! Play the 2011 Christmas Card Game with your family and friends.
Some point awards are positive (+), some are negative (-).
There are 12 positive and 12 negative awards.
Each card is individually scored by tallying the positive points and subtracting the negative points.
Awards are changed each year in order to prevent gaming of the system.
+2 points for each card received.
+1 point for a hand-written address.
+1 point for a hand-written return address.
+1 point for a family photo.
+2 point for a photo including a crying child.
+3 points if an alcoholic beverage appears anywhere on the card.
+1 point for a Christmas stamp.
+3 points for a Hanukkah or Kwanza stamp on a Christmas card.
+5 points for a hand-made (by the person sending the card) card.
+1 point if the card includes or features a child’s drawing.
+2 points for a first-time card from somebody you have known for 10+ years.
+2 for a personal hand-written message, of more than two sentences, inside the card.
-1 point for receiving a card you didn’t reciprocate.
-2 points if your name is misspelled or your address is incorrect, anywhere on the card or envelope.
-1 point for computer generated, stamped, or printed signatures.
-5 points if there is no handwriting anywhere on the card or envelope.
-2 points if a featured drawing is from a child over the age of 10 and under the age of 18.
-3 points if the card is accompanied by a fruitcake, fruit basket, or really, any kind of fruit.
-5 points if the cards contains a photograph where everyone is wearing the same sweater.
-1 point for a non-holiday stamp.
-2 points if the card includes an original poem by the sender.
-1 point if the card signature includes pets.
-3 points if the card signature includes more than two pets.
-2 points if the card rains glitter when taking it out of the envelope.
There you have it. Happy Holidays and happy card-sending!