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Hooray! My Christmas wrapping paper has finally arrived from NRAS with Christmas cards - very good quality by the way!

It has been stuck in our postal sorting office for three weeks as 40 workers went down with covid and it had to be decontaminated.

Poor posties are all dragging wheelies round trying to catch up. I had eighteen pieces mostly bills and rubbish. This week they start the Christmas rush too.

Smile at your postie -I missed mine!🌺

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Mmrr profile image
Mmrr

Thankyou for your post, it is easy to forget what is happening in some business and how they are struggling just to keep going.

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Pippy25

I ordered some cards and wrapping paper too from NRAS and was so pleased with them.Being a daughter of a late postie I know how hard they work but cannot imagine what they are going through with this virus and Christmas on top which is always a busy time for them. It's been the same here with posties going off with covid and others having to isolate. As you say sometimes the mail arrives en masse. I used to think my dad was helping Father Christmas out as a child all those years ago, as it was an era when most Christmas cards had glitter on them and after sorting and delivering so many of them he used to come home covered and twinkling in glitter as the stuff often spilled out onto the envelopes. He used to come home so tired he would fall asleep on the sofa and I used to cover him up with my dolls pram blankets!

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Green230461 in reply to Pippy25

What lovely memories you have. My dad always gave our postie a Christmas box a box of chocolates or biscuits and a fiver! He said the poor man worked in all weathers keeping us connected with the world. Computers have changed that now but I still love it when the postman calls 🌞

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Pippy25 in reply to Green230461

Thank you. Dad would have been 85 today and he loved his job as a postie, back then he would do little errands, chores and went that extra mile for customers who were on their own or elderly. I wished he had written a book as he had so many tales interesting, funny, sad and some quite strange to say the least. 😀

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MadBunny in reply to Pippy25

My parents' postie was the same. He knew everyone in the village and always did extra for everyone.

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Pippy25 in reply to MadBunny

We could never get round town without someone knowing my dad and even after he retired mum or I would say 'who was that?' and he would say oh that was Mr xyz from number xyz, street and town/village. Haven't delivered his mail for 15 years! Love the quality of the NRAS cards, I got the Robins on a Branch and Festive Veg packs.

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Green230461 in reply to Pippy25

I have all the paper and gift tags some holy ones and the skating Santa’s 😁

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MadBunny in reply to Green230461

So do I. My parents' postie knew everyone in their village and my parents would always give him a gift at Christmas, too.

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Knip in reply to Green230461

We always 'tip' our postie at Christmas...but we have to be careful to stress that the money is a GIFT and not a TIP...because they pay tax on tips!

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Green230461 in reply to Knip

I’m surprised they haven’t tried to tax fresh air yet!

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Knip in reply to Green230461

I have to agree with you on that! It has been really refreshing reading about your dad...he sounds a lovely man. Our postie back in the day used to have a cuppa in our kitchen...but these days they don't have the time. 🙂

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Green230461

Our old postie and my dad found our neighbour dead in bed. When the police came all four sat round and mum poured out large whiskey for Marg. Much simpler times in the seventies. 🌻

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MadBunny

Glad you like your cards and wrapping paper😁👍 We have several different posties now but I remember the old days when you had the same one and everyone knew him. A timely reminder, too that covid is still with us, and that it's still having a devastating effect on businesses.

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Knip

We have a lovely postie. Never too busy to smile!

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Leics

Our postie is great nothing is ever too much trouble. As the postal service were so terrific during lockdown always ensuring we got essential services which sometimes included meds my husband managed to catch the postie just before Christmas last year and I know you’re not supposed to gave him £20 and wished him a very merry Christmas and just wanted to say thanks for everything he had done. It takes me back a bit to when communities used to be communities and help each other out and tipping the dustbin men and postman was something everyone did. Thought we would get back to that and during lockdown it was much better but didn’t last long.

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