Puzzled by vagaries of Hongkong Postmaster

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 February, 1993, 12:00am

EACH year for the past seven to eight years with the exception of 1992, I have sent off my family's Christmas cards in good time for delivery by sea to the UK and elsewhere around the world, only to receive the great accolade of ''first cards of the season'' - received by air in October! This past Christmas I decided to await a suitably distant date for air delivery.

Result - my wife writes to say she has had many calls to announce the arrival of our cards on February 1 (by sea of course). Many of the callers were concerned for our well-being at not having heard from us in the customary way.

Alas it was/is only the vagaries of the Hongkong Postmaster. My staff assure me airmail was over-stamped large in red upon all the envelopes of the cards despatched and the correct postage paid. The only obvious solution is to place one's greetings in the press in the faint hope they are read by one's family and friends, thereby depriving the various charities of one's valued custom and leaving those of our acquaintance to look askance at our descent from the courtesy and bonhomie of greeting and from themeaning of the Christmas celebration.

Thank you Hongkong Post Office - other alternative solutions to their ''service'' would be welcomed.