As the 2012 Christmas season slowly fades into a new year and our Christmas themed projects come to an end I often wonder why we never received more Christmas card orders this year.
When I was a kid we received plenty Christmas cards. Like most households when I was younger, my mother would tape them around both sides of the doorway leading from the living room to the kitchen. She would place several on the kitchen table or had them hang from the mantle. There were a few dozen sitting on the television set (the big Magnavox floor model with the turntable included) as well.
Today in the age of the Internet, with electronic greetings of all kinds available, we receive only a handful of cards from very close relatives and friends. We place them on the kitchen counter or above the mantle. But it seems we receive fewer cards every year. I suppose we have to look at the times we live in with all the social media sites allowing people to remain in contact at the click of a mouse. But before Facebook or Twitter Christmas cards were used to stay in touch with loved ones you didn’t get a chance to see often.
I remember receiving envelopes with pictures of my aunts and uncles and their children. I remember receiving postcards from a family friend that traveled the world and sent us greetings from a new location around the globe every year.
However, these days, people post a general “Merry Christmas” message to us on our wall and maybe send out some e-cards or a video or two. Yes, yes we are already on the computer most of the day so it is far easier to pick an e-card and mass send some email. However, that seems quite impersonal. Besides, it’s only one time a year when you can really write something personal, extra meaningful.
But don’t make the mistake of waiting to receive a Christmas card before you send one in return. With that mentality pretty soon, no one will be sending Christmas cards. It is the season of Giving after all.
So I ask how many of you still send Christmas cards to family and friends?
Author: LA Pride
LA Pride is a native Floridian who is interested in many things including temporal physics, critical thinking, board games, kite boarding and photography to name a few. His primary areas of interest include web CMS, vector and 3D art. He is also the Founder and Sr. Web Developer of NQN Media Group. You can visit his website, or friend him on Facebook.