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Mary Kenny: A little hypocrisy makes the world go round, but there are limits.

Don't write 'lots of love' if you don't mean it

Published 08/12/2013 | 02:30

Christmas Wishes
Christmas Wishes

The first sign that Christmas had started was, for me, dear Maeve Binchy's card plopping on the doormat. Maeve was just about the most organised person I knew – certainly the most organised writer – and her cards arrived promptly with the onset of December. And very welcome they were. They always bore the warm message, and a few newsy words or comments added.

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Yet, although I like to see the postal services still used, I am not altogether displeased that people are sending fewer cards at Christmas and using electronic messages more. It's pleasant to receive a card, to be sure, but many of the messages appended are blatantly unsatisfactory. "With love from Liz."

First of all, who is Liz? Can't read the postmark and no address given. If she wants to send me a message at Christmas, perhaps she might include a bit more info?

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