Post by Vicky Ayech
"ears ago we had a card from someone whose name we didn't recognise.
We found out later who it was from, but we spent so long wondering
about it we decided the following year to 'make up' a couple and send
a card from them to some friends. They worked out who the card was
from and the following year we got a card from the same 'made up'
names. They took on a life of their own, we'd receive postcards saying
they were on holiday, on a cruise, had split up, etc. They have
survived about 25 years now."
Post by Vicky Ayech
It was a thread about Christmas cards people get with just a signature
and no address or postcode on them, and how to guess who they are
from, especially as one gets older.
There's the added need to give full details, as we all get older, that
even if the intended recipient would know exactly who you are, their
nearest and dearest may not. After my mother died (in November, twenty
years ago), one incentive for my brothers and I to make sure we let
everyone we could think of know what had happened, was the thought of
Christmas cards piling up for her. Despite our best efforts, three
cards got through.
Two were from near neighbours who had managed to avoid hearing the
news and those were easily dealt with. The third was from someone none
of us had heard of before. Thankfully, there was a surname and address
on the back of the envelope, so I was able to write to them to tell them
about Mum's death. We never discovered who they were or how they knew
Mum though. I would have found it very upsetting if we hadn't been able
to make contact and would have hated the idea of cards arriving at the
house for the next few years, until the senders gave up.
 They'd been hand delivered, so we were pretty certain they must be
from locals and thought we knew who they must have been from. A close
neighbour, and friend, confirmed that we were right.
Best wishes, Serena
If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a
conclusion. (George Bernard Shaw)