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Jen and Justin send out joint Christmas cards. Is marriage next?

Photo of Justin Theroux by Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images Photo of Jennifer Aniston by Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press

They must be serious, then. Actors Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have publically cemented their relationship by sending out – gasp! – joint Christmas cards.

According to reports, the lush red card reads: "We wish you and your family a holiday season full of happiness and joy," and that "a donation has been made in your name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Best Friends Animal Society."

The couple has reportedly been together since May, now lives together and, presumably, will be doling out gifts together, even hosting a party or two together. So the Christmas card isn't exactly out of left field.

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But celebrity watchers are salivating over the physical evidence of their union. Still, other observers have mixed reviews of the very public gesture. One Daily Mail reader was skeptical of the Hollywood couple's relationship prognosis:

"In view of the length of her previous relationships does the joint card have a serration down the middle so one half can become detached without getting a re-print? " wrote TDLeeds.

On a more generous note, I'd say, why not go in together on a card? Especially if you have personal assistants to work the address lists and get the printing sorted. (That's my excuse for not getting around to it. Yours?)

Plus, cards from married folks can quickly devolve into portrait studio and family letter mediocrity. Or just be super strange or über-lame. Take Stephen Harper's sweater cards or this year's White House card – the U.S. president appears to have given up on the family portrait and just sent out an image with the presidential pooch, Bo.

Should dating couples be sending out a batch of co-joined Christmas cards before they're married or officially common-law?

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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