Why do you send Christmas cards?
I used to send well over a hundred Christmas cards. Gradually the number has dropped. A few years ago after I'd been in NZ for a couple of years I decided to drop them altogether. Sending Christmas cards is not a Big Thing in NZ. However that never quite materialised and this year the number has risen again to somewhere around 40. I still like sending them as a way of keeping in touch and letting people know that I'm thinking of them but I don't see the ones sent to Scotland until May (although Pat opens them and emails me the details) but they have dropped off each year (in fact I may not have any this year). All the cards I send go overseas. I don't know of anyone in NZ who sends cards apart from the occasional one to overseas relatives. The thing is that the number of cards I've received has dropped significantly. I'm sure one reason is that we keep in touch a lot more by other means: emails, texts, Skype, Facetime, Facebook and all these means of communication mean that if we want to keep in touch we generally do. If the only communication is a card at Christmas I think one has to ask 'what's the point?'.
This year, for the first time, I received a significant number of ecards (I'm going to call them ecards and not e-cards to keep them on a par with emails): Jacquie Lawson cards. I've always wondered about them. You look at them and then what? I'm not sure that you can keep them but then why would you want to? Mind you I have Christmas cards from some people going back to the year dot but then I'm a sentimental creature underneath this bluff exterior.
Anyway it seems that ecards are now acceptable to quite a lot of my friends.
Of course Christmas cards are not the only cards. There are birthday cards too and all sorts of other cards although an ecard might be pointless to many people in hospital and I really can't see anyone sending an ecard for a bereavement.
Another problem I foresee in relation to Christmas cards is a problem someone sending me a card doesn't have. I am me and only me. What about couples and families? Is the person who opens the email going to call everyone over to view it?
So do you still send Christmas cards (and if so do you send ecards) and what would you think if you received an ecard?