I debate this every year. It’s too expensive, I don’t have enough time, does anyone really care or do they just toss the card aside? But then I think how much I enjoy getting a card in the mail with a personal note from a friend I haven’t connected with for 6 months or a year. It just means so much more than an email or an ecard because it means the person had to go out and pick out the card, sit down with pen in hand and actually write on paper not type on a keyboard. And instead of hitting SEND, they had to put the card in an envelope, attach a stamp and get it to the post office.
I don’t mean to insult anyone who sends their greetings electronically, I know time is short and everyone has a ton of things to do to get ready for the holidays. It certainly is better than not sending anything at all.
This year I can’t use the excuse of no time because I retired in April, even though I am surprised how little time I do have some days. And I found two whole sheets of stamps just waiting for envelopes. Stamps of Movie Cowboys,
and Winslow Homer…ooooh how Christmasy!
I have to admit I am a multi-tasker. I may have mentioned before that I cannot just sit and watch TV, so last night before I settled into my chair I gathered my pens, cards, stamps, return address stickers and wrote out my cards while CSI and The Mentalist carried on in the background. This morning I added a slip of paper to each with my blog address, hoping to connect with some of my friends and family throughout the year. Yes, of course I also type on a computer and hit send, duh!
But before you say no to Christmas cards, check your mailbox. Wasn’t it fun to find a card in there with a Gene Autry stamp? Turn the envelope over, a cool Audubon sticker with my name on it. Open it up, a short note personally addressed to you.
Christmas Cards. I vote to send.