I just realized that Christmas is only 2 weeks away and if I have to do my overseas posting soon.
In the UK it is ok to get cards by about the second week of December, and most people will open presents on the morning of December 25th.
Every year there are less and less cards and presents to send. Now my family members have died and my friends' children have grown up, so I send about five presents to women friends - chocolates, biscuits, bath salts etc. Simple pleasures.
A few years ago I would send "experience" Christmas presents. On the Internet you can buy vouchers for hotel stays, or beauty salons.
And I also remember the presents' mistakes!
My father sent me blue cheese - but I didn't know what it was, I put the unopened parcel under the Christmas tree in my living room. For two weeks. With a heater used every every morning and evening. Cheese PLUS Heater! Baaad.
Another Christmas I sent two friends in England the two halves of a present. It was a ROYCE chocolate house - the house walls and the sweet decorations for the windows and doors. I thought the friends and their children would meet at Christmas and enjoy making the chocolate house together.
But! They didn't meet. And the English friend got the decorations first and couldn't read the Japanese...she and her daughter thought that it was just sweets. So they ate them.
And last year? I opened a present from a friend in England and found: kids' crayons and hair clips! I think she had sent me the wrong present....in England maybe there was a little girl opening her present from the same friend and getting alcohol-filled chocolates and a gossip magazine....
What are your present-mistake stories?