Little changes

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, make your list, check it twice…

How many cards did you get this year?

Slate.com has predicted that 2010 ‘will do down as the year the Christmas card lay dying’…and they pretty clearly point the finger at Facebook as its snail mail killer.

I am a sender of Christmas cards.  I send a lot of them…in the neighborhood of 150 each year.  And like Slate, I thought this might be the year that my returns would be more in the 30 percent range.

Not so.

That bright red glass bowl on my foyer table where I collect all my holiday cards was near to overflowing four days before Christmas.  And when I return home after my holiday sojourn, I fully expect to add another 10-15 to the mix.

Even though I communicate with many of the people on my list on Facebook every week, they still maintained the long-standing tradition of sending cards at Christmas time.

I appreciate the time they took.  I liked receiving them.  It’s tradition…and one I’d personally like to keep.

But what has Facebook killed?

  • Holiday letters. I read the status updates from those same friends on a daily basis.  A long-winded, highly-detailed letter in teeny-tiny font would be redundant (and probably only skimmed — no offense).
  • Birthday cards.  A cheery birthday greeting on Facebook has replaced much of my birthday card sending — e-card sending, too.  It has the added advantage of being a group experience, too.
  • Phone calls.  If I need to ask a quick question, I sometimes send a message to people who I know are on their computers and can more quickly and easily respond via Facebook.

But for all the ‘deaths’ that can be attributed to Facebook this year alone, the more frequent and enhanced communication I have enjoyed there with friends and family near and far?

Well, that makes us even in my book.

4 responses to “Little changes

  1. I got a LOT less cards this year and it bummed me out. I love getting cards. I actually miss getting old fashioned letters, sometime. Oh well. Merry Christmas!

  2. Facebook has both pros and cons. But sending and receiving Christmas cards is a nice little break from it, and like you, a tradition I plan to continue. Although 150 cards? And I thought my 60 was a lot!

  3. Oh, how many people have blogged about CHristmas cards this year?!! MANY! Including me.

    I’m burned out from it. And I don’t like sending cards to people I don’t like but they think I do. Fake friendships.

    It’s expensive on top of all the other things that need to be purchased this time of year.

    Here’s my take:

    http://ryoko861.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/be-sure-to-drink-your-olvatine-2/

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