Do you send Christmas cards? Or Hanukkah cards? Or any kind of holiday card? Over the last few years I’ve noticed the amount of holiday cards we receive is slowly dwindling. People just aren’t inclined to send actual cards anymore. Never mind the convenience of preprinted photo cards where you don’t even have to pick up a pen to sign your name. It’s all done for you.
I love sending Christmas cards and I love receiving Christmas cards. I love seeing them in our mailbox and opening them up to see the handwritten note from an aunt or cousin or the pictures of children who have grown so much since last year. And I love picking the right spot in our home to hang the cards.
At our old home in Syracuse, we hung them on the back of our front door and when the door was full, we spilled over onto the walls of the entry hallway. Here in New Jersey, we’ve hung them on the door arches in our dining room and going into our kitchen. It’s a fun tradition that my girls are appreciating. And it keeps them reminded of family and friends that we don’t have the chance to see very often.
My Christmas card list always seems so long. But I don’t mind. It’s usually around 90 or so cards that I send. Postage alone kills me. But I’ve incorporated a tradition that my son’s mother has done every year – I try to write a poem that summarizes our family adventures. This part is always kind of fun. I try to get it just right, although it often needs tweaking. I can’t just bang out the poem in one sitting and I often work with my husband to move some words around or change some phrasing. It’s a fun process and it’s a nice way to look back on our year.
But I think the tradition of card-sending is slowly dying. I’ll still send my cards this year. I don’t plan to quit anytime soon. But I’m curious what others think. Is this a long gone tradition? Is it considered too passe in this age of email and texting? Am I the only one that still likes sending (and receiving) Christmas cards?