The lesson learned: if you want to get Christmas presents, do your shopping over the summer, and write your cards in the fall. Then mail as many as you can, by the end of November (because it doesn’t matter if they arrive -early-), and as soon as break starts, take care of the rest of them.
The inevitable delays will mean that everything gets done just in the nick of time.
This is somewhere along the lines of the Pi[e] day attendance rule: assume an attendance ratio of 50% and you’ll be pretty accurate.
people just dont care enough, but i’m not sure I blame them anymore.