I sent out Christmas cards last week and bought another box of cards this week for some families that were somehow not in my address book because I had their addresses in my smart phone. Yes I have a smart phone, but I prefer to use an address book. I’m old school. I still like pen and paper over electronics for record keeping because I can put a tiny note in my address book that their card was sent for the year. Weird? I guess but it keeps me organized in a way that is familiar.
Earlier in our marriage I remember sending over a hundred Christmas cards to friends, family, and work acquaintances. As the years have passed, the list has dwindled due to normal attrition I guess. Job changes – we used to send to everyone in the office for both my hubby and myself. Our daughter grew up and moved away as did others in her circle and we lost touch with them and their families. Our affiliations with organizations have changed and quite a few individuals are sadly no longer with us.
This past November the hubby and I marked 43 years of marriage and this holiday I sent only 40 Christmas cards; mostly to family. I don’t know how I feel about that. Does getting older translate to fewer friends or just better quality friends?
Very few of the nieces and nephews that I sent cards to have reciprocated sending cards of their own and only a handful of friends have sent cards. In fact we’ve only received about a half dozen Christmas cards so far. It makes me wonder if the art of writing a letter or sending a card is being lost. It makes me wonder if when my generation is gone if this tradition of keeping in touch through holiday cards will go by the wayside. It also makes me wonder sometimes just why I continue to send cards.
All that being said, I have no plans to stop sending my Christmas greeting to those I love and care about. I will continue to keep Christmas in my heart by sending greetings and wish those I love the happiest of holidays and a healthy new year.
Do you still send Christmas cards?