There are plenty of Christmas cards for sale, so I know people are buying them and probably sending them. I’m noticing that people in their 20’s and 30’s don’t seem to have picked up the habit of sending them. It could be the cost. The postage alone really adds up if you send very many. But I think it’s more than that.
Has the younger generation found a way to eliminate some of the stress of the holidays? I’d say so! Why send a card when you are updating your life via Facebook all the time? Those Christmas letters with the news of the year? Ridiculous! I didn’t include a letter in my cards this year because everyone who cares already knows what’s been going on in my life.
While I still like Christmas cards, I have to admit that in the day of instant communication they seem like dinosaurs. I keep the cards I like the best to frame or make into refrigerator magnets or bookmarks. I don’t throw out last year’s cards until this year. That way if anyone has passed away during the year I keep their most recent card. It goes in with the current cards and will be there year after year. Some might call that morbid, but it’s a way for me to feel a connection with them.
I suspect that Christmas cards will become a thing of the past, just like calling cards from the Victorian era. It will take a long time until they will become collector’s items, perhaps 40 years? In the meantime I’m still enjoying the ones we get.
How about you? Do you send cards? Letters? Are you getting as many cards as before? Is this a tradition that should die?