Last year, I mailed my business Christmas cards on December 28. Procrastination has always been my downfall but I was wholeheartedly determined to not let that happen again this year! I purchased my business holiday cards in September (at a great discount, I might add). I opened the box, reviewed my order and was very pleased with myself and my pro-activeness. After looking at my holiday cards, I put them back in their box and decided it was a good idea to put them in a back corner in the storage room until I needed to use them.
Many months passed but I still felt confident that I would be ahead of the game this year. I prepared my holiday cards mailing list and updated everyone’s addresses in October. November rolled around, Thanksgiving seemed to happen entirely too early this year, and then all of a sudden it was December. When I finally decided to get started with addressing the envelopes, I couldn’t find the box. Eventually I noticed it in another corner of the storage room. I pulled several heavy boxes off the top and then noticed something else was awry – two of the box corners were completely chewed through. I carefully pulled back the covers of the box and immediately confirmed my suspicions – a mouse and several of its cohorts had decided to make a home out of my box of business holiday cards.
After a slight panic attack (and the donning of some sanitary white rubber gloves), I came to the realization that most of the cards were salvageable. I did have to place a last minute order of 25 more personalized holiday cards but received them in a matter of days so I was still able to get my holiday cards out on time. I am already looking forward to ordering my cards early again next year to save some last minute headache! Let’s just hope the mouse problem resolves itself by then.