That preview shows the last Christmas card Steve and I have sent -- and that was two years ago now. Last year, I was exhausted enough that I had quit my job, and was doing my best to make as many of our gifts as possible. At one point, I had fantasized about creating individual watercolor cards for each person on our list.
In the end, I don't think we sent out any cards at all. Over the years, we've tried to do something creative and a little newsy, but not a TL;DR* nominee.
But I've begun to notice that we generally received three types of cards:
- Many of the cards we receive were sent in response to the one we'd sent. So, in a sense, our card created a sort of obligation.
- A few cards were custom-printed family portraits, sometimes with a quick note.
- Others were simply mass-produced cards signed with best wishes from the sender, without any personal note. Whenever we opened them, my honest thought was, "Why bother?"
- A great many were long-winded documents full of accomplishments. Given the vicissitudes of our life, it has often been easier to say nothing than to either gloss over reality or to bury everyone in the TMI** of our family.
- There were a few from friends that we only hear from once a year.
I think I am not alone in the question of whether to send cards or not. I like the custom-printed cards, but we're trying to keep costs down, now that we've retired, and printing plus postage adds up fast.
Instead, I think we might do an e-card this year. There are very, very few people for whom we do not have an e-mail address.
There is an exception, however. I'm thinking that I might send snail-mail cards to the youngsters we know, kids too young to have e-mail accounts. They are the only ones who would likely be excited to receive mail addressed to them. Also, to be honest, there are so few of them that it would not be a huge or expensive undertaking.
I'm curious to know what you do. Do you still send snail-mail cards? Do you personalize them with a handwritten note? Do you send custom-printed cards? Do you personalize those with a note? Do you wish this whole question would just go away? Do you treasure these cards as a nostalgic reminder of days gone by?
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*TL;DR = Too long; didn't read
**TMI = Too much information