Wednesday, December 14, 2016

(Holiday) Question Of The Day



Many moons ago, I used to have a long list of friends and family members that I sent Christmas cards to. As time went on, our kids grew up, everyone got older, people moved away, we lost touch, cards stopped being sent - on and on the reasons go - and each year I'd examine my list and prune it accordingly. The list kept getting shorter and shorter and shorter. Now I only send out a handful of Christmas cards.

How about you? Do you send Christmas cards? Or any type of holiday/greeting card.

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  1. I do send Christmas cards. Like you, my list is getting smaller and smaller. I used to write letters in them all too but I only do that for the overseas ones now.

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    1. You've been much more involved that me! I never wrote letters to anyone.

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  2. I used to be really into back when the earth was flat. But these days, even when I get them, I look at them and toss 'em. I just don't feel the same way about them as I did back in the day when I saved them allllllllll in boxes. For fart's sake. Nooooo.

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  3. Every year I buy them, sign and address the cards, sometimes I even put stamps on the envelopes. Then I discover them in one of the Christmas ornaments boxes or in the pantry in January or February. I do the same with most birthday cards, too.

    My daughter always reminds the family how fun it will be finding all the un-mailed birthday and holiday cards I've bought and lost after my funeral!

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    1. BAHAHAHA! I love this. It'll be interesting for your family!

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  4. My Rare One and I have a 75-person Christmas card list. And that's the PARED-DOWN version. So a few years ago, when the price of cards and postage sky-rocketed ($1 per stamp! WTF!), we switched to sending e-cards only. Reduces the costs to pennies and the preparation time to less than an hour. And quite frankly, most of that hour is spent just double-checking the continuing accuracy of the list and the currency of everyone's email address.

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    1. Efficiency! I like that.
      And holy mojito...75 people! That's quite a bunch. But I'm guessing some of it is work related.

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  5. Haven't really sent cards in a few years. Will send a smattering to a few, but probably none this year :) And I don't expect to get too many since we moved and only a handful of people have asked for our new address :)

    betty

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    1. It's the same here, Betty. This may very well be my last year, too. It's just not the same anymore.

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  6. I do send cards out, still quite a few but getting less every year as you said.

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    1. It's not as popular anymore. I always loved displaying cards on bookcase and stuff, but that's quickly coming to an end.

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  7. I send cards--not as many as I did twenty years ago, but more than I sent five years ago. My list grows each year.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You're going in the opposite direction! Perhaps you'll start a trend :)

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    2. My friend Rita (SoulComfort's Corner) and I don't want the art of letter writing to die. We write to each other regularly. She writes to many people. I'm so happy when I look in the mailbox and find a letter from Rita.

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    3. No matter how many years pass and how things change, I will always get excited when I receive a letter/card in the mail. I don't care what technology comes along, nothing can replace that!

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  8. Yes, I do send Christmas Cards and often with little notes in with many of them too, sharing stories with family/friends.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Sounds wonderful! I bet you share some really lovely things.

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  9. I'll be sending one to my 98 year old grandfather this year as we're not seeing him on the day. Otherwise no. Although I did buy some cards with designs that you colour in yourself and we are all enjoying doing them to give to each other on Christmas morning - although we're all still on our first one they are labour-intensive!

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    1. I bet your grandpa will be so pleased. Next year I'm just going to send to the elderly and that's about it.

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  10. Over the years, we have cut back to. I sent about 60 this year to friends and family. And now with the blog,I sent about 60 too. Someone's gotta keep the post office in business :)

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    1. HAHA! Yes, I guess someone does have to keep them in business!

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  11. Not usually but i I did send some to my aunts and uncles this year. My mom would have wanted it that way.

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  12. I don't really like the concept of cards to begin with. Especially as almost all the cards I get now, are just cards nothing else. And the fact that many cards are not put with a lot of thought. "Happy Birthday" "Merry Christmas" etc.

    My wife on the other hand, has a big list and keeps whining to get another book of stamps. Why on earth did e-greeting cards not take off like email took over for snail mail?

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    1. That's a good question. It's been a slow process but I imagine less and less cards are being sent out each year.

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  13. We're down to the handful of cards. I do an email letter and I'm debating about continuing that.

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    1. I think this'll be my last year sending out cards. Maybe next year it'll just be my mom and in-laws.

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  14. I send quite a few. Relatives mainly. Your friends and relatives are worth staying in touch with.

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    1. I think so. But judging how few cards we receive now, it doesn't sound like my relatives feel the same way! :)

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  15. Not the last 4-5 years. And when I stopped, all but 4-5 stopped coming to us. It's fine.

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  16. I used to have a long list as well and I liked that custom very much.......it took time and some consideration on behalf of the sender, I feel.
    That list has really dwindled down to a few. I now send Christmas/Holiday greetings by e-mail which isn't quite the same but that is what is taking over now.

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    1. I used to enjoy it a lot, too. But times change and we change with them.

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  17. I still send a few, but it gets smaller every year. Would you like one?

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  18. We do send out Christmas cards. Our list has gotten shorter but it is still fairly sizable. I no longer write long notes within each but do write a couple of quick sentiments in each card. I get a lot of cards and it keeps me reciprocating so I don't see my card sending going away anytime soon.

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    1. That sounds really nice. And it's fun displaying them during the holidays. For us it's the other way around. The amount of cards we receive has gone down a lot. So next year, I think I'm going to be done!

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  19. Yes, I send cards. This year I sent a family photo card which I like getting from others as well. I have family and friends across the country and I like to keep in touch with Christmas cards!

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    1. I love those family photo cards. Two of my cousins send them out each year.

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  20. I don't send any to family/"real-life" friends (I think that would quickly start to feel like an obligation, and not much fun). But I've been doing a card exchange with friends from a message board for years, which mostly removes that element of obligation (because you only participate when you really want to), and I get cards from all over the world (well, so far this year it's only Europe - Germany, Finland and the Netherlands - but in past years, they've
    come from as far away as Taiwan.)
    And I really like getting cards, and it makes me happy to know I'm making other people happy with mine.

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    1. What a wonderful exchange to participate in. That sounds like so much fun!

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