(Closed) Birthday cards at the office

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 31
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Busy bee

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Ellicott:  Now that I think about it, I don’t even remember reading this years card. I do, however, remember the cheesecake medley. The important stuff, ya know.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I really disliked office card time!!  Never knew what to write, and always felt like I made dumb comments.  The only worst one was sympathy cards, what to say that seems heartfelt, but is also only a few sentences long?  So difficult.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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iarebridezilla:  I usually write “Happy Birthday! Hope you have an awesome day!!” and turn the exclamation points into a bunny. Totally uncreative but quick. Thankfully birthday cards in my office seem to only be for big birthdays. Of course wedding, baby, retirement, etc cards go around all the time too. I’m just thankful they only do cake once a month now for everyone who had a birthday that month. And I just realized that this is cake week for May birthdays!

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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iarebridezilla:  And I know exactly what I’d write in yours!  (or maybe I’d pass and write nada!)

Post # 38
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Newbee

Nobody in your office cares as much as you do!

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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iarebridezilla:  But surely if they took the time to actually write Happy birthday on your facebook wall there’s nothingt be offended about, no?

Post # 40
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Busy bee

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Songstress_7:  One would think, but one would apparently be wrong.

It must be tough living up to the duck drawings and selective wit that the OP’s friends and co-workers have to deal with every time a birthday rolls around. As a country, we should just stop celebrating so that it doesn’t cause this much stress on the birthday brigade. No more birthdays for you!

Post # 43
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Busy bee

You’re worrying too much about it. There’s a reason most people don’t add a little personalization to cards for people they don’t know or for cards from the whole office — because they don’t know them personally, or because if they knew them well enough to do that, they’d be getting them their own card and not mooching off of the office’s. You’re just putting on a charade people see right through, and then exhausting yourself by about it.

The simple gesture of signing and wishing someone ‘happy birthday!’ is enough. If you want to seem like more, get them your own card.

ETA: Just saw your last post before this one. Seems like there are many ways you waste energy writing down words that you don’t really care about….

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Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I always go with “Happy Birthday ____.” If I like the person I may had “Hope its a good one!”

I’m not close enough with any of my coworkers to write a more heartfelt message.

I’m not a fan of “witty” birthday messages. I usually find them awkward and unfunny.

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