This past week I mentioned to a few people that I’d finally mailed my Christmas cards and almost all of them said they either didn’t send cards at all, or very few. Then today I read an article in the newspaper where both the author and many of the commenters are downright hostile to to the idea of sending cards. Why?
I love Christmas cards. They brighten up my entrance hall (I always stick them around the hallway mirror) and it’s the one time of year I get “real” mail instead of just bills and flyers. I still send (and receive) cards from people I haven’t seen for 30 years or more. It gives me great pleasure to remember the good times we spent together and follow their kids as they grow up, leave home and have kids of their own. It also give me a sense of my history, my roots and with that a sense of security and stability, something often lacking for expats.
So why don’t people send cards anymore? Well according to the article cards are insincere, they’ve been replaced by social networking, they’re boring and they’re environmentally unfriendly. The last reason may have some justification, but in my opinion the real reason people don’t send cards is because they’re lazy. I know it takes time to write individual cards and everyone is super-busy, but surely once a year we can take the time to send a handwritten card to those we care about.
Call me old fashioned but what makes Christmas special for me is the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing I have friends and family who care for me, even if I can’t always be with them .
Oh yes, wait just a minute mister postman
Wait, wait mister postman
(Mister postman look and see) oh yeah
(If there’s a letter in the bag for me) . . .