Normally we use the C.C.S.S. for reflecting our happiness in receiving cards: scores are not LITERALLY given. But every so often, maybe once or twice a season, we use the C.C.S.S. to demonstrate why a card is so amusingly bad. Perhaps the writer forgets that not everyone wants to hear about her neighbor's gall bladder. Perhaps the writer forgets that a preachy Christmas letter is either preaching to the choir or else preaching to the people who made an informed decision not to join the choir. Perhaps the writer forgets that a parent's love for and interest in his or her own children is notoriously out of proportion to other people's love for and interest in those same children, and that adjectives such as "amazing" and "beautiful" and "incredible" and "brilliant" are best used only with the other parent. Whatever the situation, the card sends its readers into tears of incredulous laughter the vast majority of cards are NOT going to provoke even if they quote a few verses and brag a little about the children.
So. This card. They get +5 for sending a card, and it falls within the reasonable idea of "pretty" and so that's another +3. It includes a letter, which is +5. The letter is not particularly informative or interesting (their children are wonderful!---no details, just an adjective; they took an autumn walk!), but I think it tries, and I tend to award those points for any effort at all, so they can have +2 (out of a possible +3).
In the beginning of the letter they were going to get -3 for saccharine/cheery, but they crossed the line and got +2 instead for mockability.
The best part really was the "blessed/blessings" count, which was funnier and funnier as I kept finding them: eight in the letter proper, including three in one paragraph alone, and THEN, there was a postscript SOLELY for the purpose of offering another blessing. THEN I looked at the CARD, where they'd written it AGAIN. Ten blessings in all, for a grand total of 9 points lost (because the first usage is allowed as a special holiday lenience).
They also used the word "special" three times, and the word "fellowship" once (one use feels like ten). Those aren't on the points list but I found they added to the amusing impact of all the blessings.
There were four paragraphs, and each one contained 1-2 Bible verses (including one that explained what a torment life was but happily it goes by fast---how festive!), each one accompanied by a plug for the Bible: "Read the entire chapter. It's awesome. Of course the entire Bible is amazing." "If you want to read an exciting book this one is it!!" There was also a reminder that all blessings are theirs because they follow The Lord and because our nation follows The Lord also. So that's -5 for preaching/piousness.
One mention of a colon-related illness, but no entertainment/informational value so that's -1.
Let me just put on my math medal for this calculation.....their card gets 2 points. It seems like it should get more points considering how very much I enjoyed it. Perhaps crossing into mockability should be +10 instead of +2.