Do you send holiday cards?

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Much like my mother (and who knows, maybe my grandmother, too), I never got into the habit of sending out holiday cards. For a while, among acquaintances at least, that put me in the minority. Now, if anecdotal evidence is to be believed, I’ve got lots of company.

Of course, there are plenty of alternatives, e-cards among the most prominent. I don’t send them, either. For some reason, in spite of the fact that I like to write and receive real letters, I can’t seem to send more than a handful of cards in any given year. And this year, I was so busy that I (gasp) didn’t send any at all. Aside from laziness, I guess I’d say that I’m conflicted about whether or not a card is the best way to get in touch with people to whom I really owe a letter or a long personal email, or whether it’s appreciated by all but my most far-flung friends and relatives.

Do you send holiday cards?

13 thoughts on “Do you send holiday cards?

  1. This was the first time in my adult life that I didn’t get Christmas cards in the mail. My husband is a letterpress printer and we designed and printed the cards but in the rush of the holidays, they never made it into the post. Oh, the guilt I have about it!

  2. I sent out 2 cards to relatives abroad who I haven’t talked to in ages. Otherwise, I boycott Christmas with all its waste. (It’s solstices that mean a lot to me, besides I’m not Christian)

  3. We send out about 30 to 40 cards each year. I create one of those photo cards online with family pictures and some generic greeting. It seems like this is what most people send now, as we rarely get those good old “hallmark” holiday cards. Also, we are starting to get more e-cards.

    Rather than using the standard “family sitting in the snow” holiday picture, we use individual pictures from one major event during the year, like a graduation, birthday, vacation etc. So the cards also serve as an annual update of what’s going on.

    I want people to smile when they get our card, so I spend about an entire day decorating the envelopes by hand. Mostly holiday scenes, cartoons and graphics that are unique to the person it is addressed to, so each one is different. I think they forget the card, but always remember the envelope. Just our way to turn the chore into something meaningful. It’s fun to do, and people are always looking forward to their personalized envelope each year.

  4. I’m Baha’i so I observe different holy days.

    I’ll happily accept any communication from any other faith on day of significance to them, just as I take wishes that I have a merry Christmas in the spirit they are intended. As for me, I try to stay in touch with my friends year round and not wait for any particular time.

  5. I used to try to emulate my Mother, who kept a Christmas Card list, and updated people on how the year went. I tried. I used to encourage myself by buying cards after the holidays during the sale time, but got to completing maybe 5 – 10 cards and envelopes. When I moved out to my own place, I unpacked some boxes and found cards written, without envelopes. I was wondering whether to send them or not – letting them make way to what last address of people I had, including my long-ago penpal.

    Now, I don’t even celebrate Christmas in the sense of anything – it’s become too commercial, and I find it hard to believe people are in the “spirit” of the holiday when they’re literally fighting over parking stalls, grumbling in line, or commenting to drivers on the road. I can read lips of the people in the cars.

    I prefer to send a Valentine Card, because it’s less expected, and this way too, like Annie said, it’s like a friendly hug.

  6. I send cards every year, though this is the first year that I think they will all make it before Christmas. I love looking for cards with cats or at least some animal on them, and prefer universal greetings for all faiths. I usually do some calligraphy on them and draw a holly leaf, sort of my trademark for cards this time of year. It’s a great way to play with my fountain pens and ink and I really want to be part of keeping letter writing in the culture.

  7. I do send them but it’s more out of guilt. Something I “should” do. Then there are the friends that I have to send a handmade card to and that takes more commitment because I have to make them first. This year I got the store bought cards out the door but not the handmade cards. The funny thing is, the handmade cards go to closer friends and those are the ones I should be sending the cards to. This year they aren’t getting any.

  8. We love to send and receive cards. I tried E-cards one year and just hated them, kind of like the difference in a wonderful elegant paper planner and a Palm Pilot. We normally send cards on the Friday after Thanksgiving, after we put up our Christmas tree. It’s become an annual ritual for us. Very meditative sitting together beside the tree writing our cards. And I still follow the rule that my Mother taught me, “Always write SOME kind of note, however brief. It makes the card more warm and personal.”

  9. Absolutely, I send Christmas Cards; Get Well Cards; Birthday Cards and cards for every occasion. The ‘art’ of writing is being lost … not a good thing in opinion. Receiving a hand written note/card, is like receiving a friendly hug … good for the soul. Using a “fountain pen” makes it even more special! 🙂

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