For the third day in Cathy’s New Year Countdown, I’m going to give you permission to tackle that one holiday chore you never got around to: Sending out cards. Okay, by “you” I actually mean “me.” I’ve pretty much abandoned snail-mail greetings, yet I keep buying them (“Oh, these are so cute! And they’re 75 percent off!”) and I love getting them. All through December, I keep telling myself — and anyone around who will listen — that I’m going to sit down and send out cards and I can’t go to Wal-Mart or the recycling center or to pick up the dry cleaning because I’ve got to do the cards! But then I end up doing things like reading through the back issues of the Sunday New York Times that pile up or watching reruns of “Whose Wedding is It Anyway?” — you know, important stuff like that. But here’s the thing: It’s still the holidays and you I can still send out cards. And, it’s even better to send them out now because I can answer questions people asked in their cards (“How are the kids?” “Do you like being a grandma?” “Are you still married?”) and, if I get really ambitious, even include some of our Christmas photos. (But probably not since there are still Sunday NY Times to be read. Good idea, though.) And nobody will care if they get holiday cards after Dec. 25. Look at it this way: If you got a holiday card now, would you think “This person obviously is lazy, unorganized and undisciplined and has no idea about the proper order of things” or would you think “Aw, how nice! What a lovely thing to do”??? I rest my case. Come back tomorrow for Day No. 4 in Cathy’s New Year Countdown.