I've noticed a couple of guys in my office are giving Christmas cards to their supervisors (they are in a rather large group so the card was signed by 10 or so students). I'm not in a group an so if I were to send Christmas cards to my supervisors (I have 2) they would be just from me. The whole idea seems a bit odd to me and I think I would feel a bit awkward about it. I was just wondering what everybody else does?
Hello Ev, I've never given my supervisors a Christmas card and wouldn't. I am a bit of a cheapskate though and have been to ask that any card sent to me be written in pencil, so that I can rub it out and then send it back to the senders, thus making us equal. I don't suppose it would do any harm though, and I think it is quite thoughtful.(tree)
I would probably feel a bit uncomfortable about giving them an xmas card too, but that's only because I don't really know them well enough. But imagine how chuffed you would feel if your sup sent you one - you would think that it was quite a thoughtful thing to do, the fact that you were important enough to send one to - you were thought of. I know I would be chuffed about that. I suppose the reason I wouldn't make the first xmas card move is because I would be too preoccupied with my own anxieties about it, rather than the nice xmasy spirit behind the kind and friendly gesture. (tree)
i haven't this year cos I'm lazy, but my sup has already phoned me to say she has left a present in my office to pick up :-)
Oh, this whole xmas card thing gets me really confused, every year. Some people, whom I am not even close with, give me cards and I dont prepare cards most years, so I look like a fool - only receiving never giving, not really in the xmas spirit, right?!
Last year, one of my sups gave me (and others of course) a xmas card, a quite nice one, and I dont really know what to do. There are so many other things to sort out before xmas that I cant be thinking about xmas cards! Ahh - I cant cope! (sprout):$
I sent my supervisors a card and deliberated for AGES about what to write inside them. In the end I put "A Very Merry Christmas from Maria x" Rather than 'LOVE MARIA'. I was then told that even the 'x' was a bit inappropriate but I don't really care, it's Christmas. M,x
I guess it depends on how well you know them and how often you see them. I gave my primary supervisor one but not my secondary supervisor....mainly because he is on a different site and I don't see him much. If he had been in our set of offices I would've given him one. But then I am in a team of about 10 of us who work quite closely together so I gave them all one, some of the team give everyone a card back and some don't bother. If it seems a bit odd I wouldn't bother...maybe just wish them a happy xmas in your next email! KB
I found a Christmas card on my desk this week signed from somebody, let's say "John". It really confused me, I kept staring at it thinking that I don't know anyone called John and who had possibly sent me this card. Then I realised that John was, of course, my supervisor. :$
I think it was just the Christmas card etiquette that surprised me - I never thought sup would send me a card so it took a while for me to connect it with him! Although, maybe it's something else!
I am most definitely giving my sup a Xmas card, and a present too, something small, like a box of chocs. She's fabulous, and has done so much for me this year - employing me, supervising me, writing articles with me and supporting me academically. I think it's important to thank her as she's done so much extra for me.
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