We Wish You A Merry… Aah, Forget It
By Perry Michael Simon on December 17, 2010
We didn’t get around to sending Christmas cards this year. (We have GOOD REASON for that, believe you me) The Kardashians did, however, and it’s being treated as major international news by the kind of media that treat the Kardashians as important celebrities.
I didn’t get the Kardashian Khristmas Kard, but, then, we aren’t getting the usual haul of holiday cards this year. By December 17th in past years, we’d have gotten dozens of cards, not only from family and friends but from businesses with whom I correspond all year. This year, I don’t think we’re in double figures yet.
Is the Christmas card — the physical kind, the ones you send through the mail — dead? Or is it just us?
I’m not sure, but Hallmark says sales are down, and this article from the London Evening Standard says that in the U.K., sending cards is fast becoming something fewer and fewer people and businesses do. It’s a shame, in some ways, because as much of a chore as it is to “do the cards” every year, there’s something festive about tacking up all the cards you receive, the clever and traditional, the stupid and sincere, on the wall, an affirmation that, yes, you actually know people and they think enough of you to send you a physical representation of Season’s Greetings. This year, the wall’s pretty sparsely populated.
If, indeed, sending cards in the mail is something headed to extinction, why? Did Facebook and e-mail greetings replace cards? Are we so much more in touch on a daily basis that sending a card at holiday time is redundant? Is it the economy? Is it a lack of time to sit down, address and sign a hundred cards, stamp them, and stick them in the mailbox? Or are we alone and our friends and business associates just hate us now? Because I’m open to that possibility.
How about you? What do you send for the holidays? Cards, e-mails, status updates, or nothing? And are you seeing fewer of the cardboard variety this season? Tell us in the comments.