Thanks in part to today’s technology Christmas cards aren’t as frequent as they used to be. It’s easy to draft a letter then copy and paste it to email or Facebook and send it out to all of one’s contacts in one click while avoiding the cost of postage. There is, however, a certain special quality to walking to the mailbox, getting a letter for a friend or family member, and reading an actual letter.
Think back to when you were a kid in elementary school. How many art class projects did you do where you were instructed to make a Christmas card hanger! Mine always looked terrible, but we hung it up anyway because our family used to receive many Christmas cards. Do kids still have art class? If they do I don’t suppose card hangers are high on the art project list now.
I don’t send Christmas cards out anymore for a couple of reasons. I’m a pretty open book as it is thanks to my radio show and to social media. If it’s something I’m willing to share throughout the year I will either talk about it on air or post it on social media where all my friends and family can see what’s going on. I don’t have a wife and children, so I have a feeling my Christmas letter would be a bit redundant. However, I appreciate receiving them from others and understanding the thought behind Christmas letters.
My parents, on the other hand, are religious Christmas card senders. My Dad sends mails letters to his side of the family while my Mom prepares letters for her side of the family. A team effort there. Reading a card with warm holiday wishes, seeing pictures, and a letter is an old pastime that I hope continues in many families.
(Pictured: Michelle Wright sent me a Christmas card then other day. Very nice of her!)