Dec 10

Mon '12

Christmas Cards

Ever since I remember, my mom has sent and received many Christmas cards. I always thought it was so cool. Friends and family would send her family photos and little stories about what happened in their lives over the year. What an awesome concept. I mean, even if the only contact you have with these people is over a card once a year, it’s better than nothing. I always liked seeing the different cards and ideas people had for their stationary.

Now, my question is, when, if at all, should I start sending Christmas cards? I am 25 and I only just sent my first Christmas card this year. It didn’t even have a photo or story in it and it was sent to an online friend whom I don’t even really know.

With facebook, I feel like I “keep in contact” with everyone I desire to. They see photos of me and read about my life. Do I really need to annoy people with cards once a year too? I don’t know. In this digital age, do Christmas cards really mean anything to young people? It’s so much easier to just send and e-card or a facebook post/tweet to everyone, isn’t it?

Then I wonder who I would send them to? I could send them to my extended family, yes. What about friends from high school or grade school? Some of these people I haven’t seen in over 10 years. Do I want to include them? When and where do I start and stop? It seems like a lot of hassle to get everyone’s postal addresses and to keep them up to date.

Now, myself, I would LOVE to receive Christmas cards. I definitely want to see the forced family photos and learn about what has happened to everyone in a year summed up in one card.

I know I am too late for this year’s Christmas card season, but I think I am going to seriously consider sending out cards next year. I will use the year to work on a list of people I want to send cards to.

Do you guys send any kind of Christmas cards?

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4 Responses to “Christmas Cards”

  • Carrie
    December 11, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    That’s an awesome idea! I actually purchased a bulk of Christmas cards.. Hopefully my family members will enjoy a card from me this year. This way they know I’m still alive and breathing :)

  • Cathrine
    December 12, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    I send Christmas cards to my parents and sister even though I talk with them nearly every day, it’s so nice to get an actual paper card in the mail! :D We also send to my boyfriend’s closest family. They’re quite simple cards though, no pictures or stories since we talk with them quite often ;)

    I’ve also sent cards to grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives and acquaintances since I moved out from home, but even after 5-6 years with my address stamped on the back of the envelopes I haven’t received a single card back :C *grumpyface* So honestly, I can’t be arsed to spend time and money on them anymore when they clearly don’t care.

  • Karin
    December 13, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I don’t send Christmas cards to friends and family, I keep in contact with them anyway so it would feel kinda weird sending cards to them. I have such a small family too so it’s not like it’s difficult to keep in touch :P

    Every year I participate in the annual card exchange over at The Quilting Bee though. It’s really fun to get something real and physical from someone you’ve only talked to online, plus it’s cool to get cards from all over the world :) You should join us! *poke*

  • Lissy
    December 14, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I sent out Christmas cards a couple of years ago only because we had a really awesome picture of us with the seven dwarfs to put on it. Otherwise we don’t really do the card thing and the number of cards we receive has dwindled quite a bit, lol. I don’t really care though. Like you said, everyone’s on facebook. I don’t see the point.

    It really isn’t too late to send cards for this year though. You still have ten days. Or send generic holiday cards so it’s OK if they get them after christmas.

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