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to NOT buy my child's Christmas card

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Crunchymum Tue 25-Oct-16 15:44:19

£6.50 for a pack of 10 and quite frankly its not very good (he is not yet 4 and its actually pre-school)

Much nearer the time like fucking December we were going to make some cards for family with lots of glitter and stuff.

However there is a bit is a begging letter "all monies go to the poor, underfunded PTA" and the kids seem to have been indoctrinated [my almost 4 year old has mentioned his cards a million times already]

Shall I just suck it up?

Crunchymum Tue 25-Oct-16 15:44:57

Sorry for mentioning the C word in October!!!

iwillnevereatspaghetti Tue 25-Oct-16 15:44:59

we use them to give to their school friends

2014newme Tue 25-Oct-16 15:47:21

I never do! They are so expensive. I donate plenty time and money to the Pta but I don't buy the cards.

MistressMerryWeather Tue 25-Oct-16 15:49:08

Yep, suck it up. grin

If he's mentioned the cards so much it's because he's exited for you to have them.

PrincessWizard Tue 25-Oct-16 15:49:55

I won't be doing, just can't afford them and don't think they're worth the money. We'll make cards at home for Grandparents etc.

Crunchymum Tue 25-Oct-16 15:50:20

I do feel a bit mean as its his "first" ever school card (PFB obviously)

BUT I just hate being told that I have to buy something let alone something Christmas related in October

LisaMed1 Tue 25-Oct-16 15:50:22

ds refuses to do them, so I usually don't bother but make a donation of @ £1 which is what the school would get.

LisaMed1 Tue 25-Oct-16 15:56:02

btw we got ambushed the first week he was at school - they had these dratted things in September and the first year or two we sort of sucked it up but now I'm hardened enough to refuse.

The first year ds was in school we paid £150 in 'asks' I kept track. It doesn't include school dinners or uniform or stuff that is necessary. It was school photos, christmas cards, sponsorship, non uniform day, raffle tickets, raffle prizes, donations to this, money for that etc etc etc That was one child over one year.

blinkineckmum Tue 25-Oct-16 16:21:54

I didn't. They were crap.

ALemonyPea Tue 25-Oct-16 16:24:17

Are these the cauliflower card things?

Ive refused to buy DS3s for the past three years as they use silver foil, which looks good on the original, but just show as white on the cards. Annoys me as it says on the instructions not to use shiny materials.

Cakescakescakes Tue 25-Oct-16 16:29:01

I always buy one pack for grandparents etc. And also because DS is always really proud and excited to see his pic on a 'real' card so it makes him really happy. And I'm happy to pay the £6.50 because of this.

TimeIhadaNameChange Tue 25-Oct-16 16:29:18

YANBU, but could you buy some cheap frames that fit the frames, then give them as presents to GPs etc?

TimeIhadaNameChange Tue 25-Oct-16 16:29:31

frames that fit the cards, I mean!

Pineapplemilkshake Tue 25-Oct-16 16:31:19

I'd suck it up I'm afraid, unless I were in dire financial straits. Yeah it might look crap, but at the end of the day your DC made it and I'm sure any recipients will be touched to receive it rather than some mass produced stuff. And the PTA aren't doing it just for the fun of it, obviously it'll be to raise funds that your DC will benefit from.

BuntyFigglesworthSpiffington Tue 25-Oct-16 16:35:16

I think it would be very mean not to. It doesn't matter that you don't think they're much good, it matters that your child is proud of them and excited about you buying them.

RhiWrites Tue 25-Oct-16 16:35:21

I don't think your child has been indoctrinated by the PTA. He's probably excited at his drawing being turned into a "real card". You don't have to buy it but he'll be chuffed if you do. Making your own cards at home is going to send a negative message about the card he has already made.

Rockpebblestone Tue 25-Oct-16 16:42:51

Did you get the original artwork back? If you did you can photograph it / scan it in and make your own.

Otherwise you could just say that it is fantastic but 'forget' to order in time but never mind you can make some equally brilliant ones at home. Or just say it is a bit expensive to buy them 'ready done' with his picture and you can put his picture on a card yourself for less money.

Damselindestress Tue 25-Oct-16 16:47:02

If you can afford it I'd do it because he's so excited about it.

madamginger Tue 25-Oct-16 16:50:19

I organise these for our PTA and they are our 3rd biggest fundraiser after the Christmas and summer fairs.
The company we use give every child a free copy of their card and about 40% of our kids buy a pack of cards, but they can also get tea towels and mugs printed as well.
They also take ages to organise, we started planning for them in September.

ImperialBlether Tue 25-Oct-16 16:50:31

The thing is that if you're in the PTA you're trying desperately to raise money for the school and everyone who's not in the PTA hates this, even though their children benefit.

If you can afford it, give them the money. If you can't, then don't.

Whathaveilost Tue 25-Oct-16 16:53:06

I never got them but my kids weren't fussed.
For the first year or so i bought into the idea you gad to buy everything.
Now mine are teenagers they cant remember doing them.
I also didnt buy the book of specaily selected poetry with a piece from Ds including (and every child in the North West of England) nor did i buy teatowels with a self portrait or the annual photo.

TeacherBob Tue 25-Oct-16 16:54:54


No you are not being unreasonable at all, you don't have to buy them and many won't (I won't want to buy my daughters, she is 4, but the missus will insist. I am the same with school photos too).


quite frankly its not very good (he is not yet 4 and its actually pre-school)


jennymac Tue 25-Oct-16 16:59:58

If you can afford it, I would buy one packet. Your dc probably thinks they are great and may be a bit deflated if he has gone to the effort of designing a card for you not to buy any at all!

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Tue 25-Oct-16 17:03:09

I used to love these Christmas cards! It's something that was very much kept to pre-school or maybe Reception class here, so gone forever now for me.

I agree they are expensive, but always bought one pack to give to close family.

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