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My current position on Christmas cards December 13, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events,My View on People — auntlelo @ 10:17 am

I’m in a quandary this year about whether or not to invest a lot of time (which I don’t have) and money sending out a big stack of Christmas cards. Each year, the number of cards we receive lessens. Last year, I think we received less than a dozen in the mail. Compared with previous years, it seems that this is an abysmally small number. There are are two or three scenarios that may be considered here:

1. People are no longer considering the sending of paper Christmas cards to be a priority. With the ease of staying in touch all year via phone, email and social networking, a card at Christmas to catch people up on all the great things happening with you and your family just isn’t as necessary. Nobody likes to write anything in longhand anymore.

2. People who used to send us the big stacks of cards were in a different generation and one by one are passing away. Not only are we not receiving as many cards, we’re not sending as many either.

3. People don’t like us anymore and have placed us on their naughty list. I hope this isn’t the case, but, hey, you never know. It’s entirely possible, considering I have a ceramic chicken as my alter ego.

So, do I continue on with this old family tradition, or do the brave thing and just say to all things there is a season and it’s time to with people a Merry Christmas in a new way. What do you think? My current thought is to send cards to a few people I don’t see or talk to much throughout the year and to continue to send a few to elderly family members who get excited when they get a card from one of “the kids.” I think I may have a hard time doing this cold-turkey.

Poll: Are you sending cards this year? 


5 Responses to “My current position on Christmas cards”

  1. SpideyMizzou Says:

    YES. Do not give up traditions because of time or lack of interest in that tradition by other parties. These are the things that are remembered by those closest to you.

    I personally choose to send hand-written Xmas cards because, not because of the novelty factor, but because it shows those closest to you how important they are, even if you don’t always think of them during the year.

    Keep up your traditions, you’ll be glad you did. Besides, doesn’t part of you just want to do it for yourself anyway?

    Happy Xmas!!!

  2. antignome Says:

    While I love tradition, we’re sort of abandoning it this year, and I’m not sure we’ll keep doing the paper card thing in the future. We do a pretty decent job keeping in touch with friends and family throughout the year so when it’s time to send cards in December there isn’t a lot of new news to convey. And to be honest, I think most people really just want to see a photo of Maddie and don’t really care about the other stuff in the card. Like you, we send fewer and fewer each year and probably only get a few in the mail.

    Perhaps it’s time for a new tradition?

  3. Voltaire Santos Miran Says:

    I’ve been card-free for awhile–email, blogs, and mobile phones are making it easier to keep in touch through the year. But I should also admit I’m not good at the card thing–three cards in, and I want a rubber stamp. Ho ho ho! 🙂

  4. NO. I gave up Christmas cards a long, long time ago. I choose to keep in touch with the people who matter to me throughout the year instead of sending a card to every name in my address book (some of whom I wouldn’t have had any contact with since the previous Christmas card).

    I still receive cards, though not many. These are of three sorts.
    1) Purchased card with only a signature. Goes straight to the trash.
    2) Letter on holiday paper with one year of news condensed to a few sentences. I read it, then reuse it as scrap paper.
    3) Photo cards. I keep the ones of the people I know (partly to make fun of their staged poses and dorky sweaters at some future date). The ones from fringe family members that I see every 10 years or so, I shred.

    Perhaps this dispassion comes from the professional organizer in me. I’ve spent many hours (and earned many dollars) helping clients sift through boxes and boxes of cards and letters that they’ve stored for years. Approximately 1 in 50 is worth saving for sentimental value. I figure I’m saving all the folks in my address book from clutter and years of useless storage.

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