In the digital age, where instant messaging and virtual greetings are the norm, the question arises: Do people still send Christmas cards? Is the postman actually collecting carefully addressed holiday envelopes from your mailbox? The tradition of sending holiday cards has been a cherished part of the Christmas season for generations. Still, in recent years, there has been a noticeable shift in how we communicate and connect during the holidays.
Holiday Cards: A Tradition in Transition
Sending Christmas cards has a rich history, dating back to the 19th century. It was a way to convey warm wishes, spread holiday cheer, and share updated pictures of your family with loved ones, especially when physical distance made face-to-face gatherings challenging. However, with the advent of the internet and social media, the dynamics of holiday greetings have evolved.
Today, we can send instant messages, heartfelt videos, and e-cards with just a few clicks. This convenience has led many to question the relevance of traditional Christmas cards. After all, why bother with snail mail when you can send a virtual hug and warm wishes via email or social media?
Reasons to Still Send Christmas Cards and Holiday Messages
Despite the digital age’s influence, Christmas cards continue to be a meaningful and cherished tradition for several reasons:
Receiving a physical card in the mail still carries a personal touch that digital messages often lack. Handwritten notes, customized designs, and the tangible nature of a card make it feel special. And we all have that one friend or family member who utilizes calligraphy to make their envelopes look extra fancy.
Thought and Effort
Selecting or creating the perfect Christmas card, writing a personal message, and addressing envelopes require thought and effort. This effort demonstrates your genuine care for the recipient.
Christmas cards often serve as keepsakes, preserving memories and sentiments. People display them on mantels, bulletin boards, or save them in scrapbooks, creating a tangible connection to past holiday seasons. I usually order a handful of extra holiday cards for us so I can stash them in albums and drawers. Finding a last-season holiday card with my family on it when I’m having a rough day is a joy.
Tradition and Nostalgia
Christmas is a time when traditions and nostalgia hold great significance. Sending and receiving holiday cards is a tradition that many people associate with the warmth and spirit of the season.
How to Keep the Tradition Alive
If you’re wondering whether to continue sending Christmas cards, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Here’s how to keep the tradition alive and meaningful:
Start early and plan your Christmas card list. Decide whether you want to design your cards, have them printed, or purchase pre-made ones.
Personalize Your Messages
Take the time to write personal messages for each recipient. Sharing a memory or expressing your heartfelt wishes adds a meaningful touch.
Consider creating your Christmas cards. Whether you’re an artist or enjoy DIY crafts, a homemade card can be a delightful and unique gesture.
To ensure your cards arrive on time, mail them well in advance. Postal services experience high volumes during the holiday season. I encourage you to order your stamps in advance, especially if you’ve set your heart on any unique one-time designs.
Include Family Updates
In your card, provide a brief update on your family’s life, achievements, and milestones. Sharing a bit of your world can foster a sense of connection.
Christmas Card Remorse
Perhaps least importantly, I feel guilty every year when I receive holiday cards from friends and family when I haven’t sent any out. In prior years, this guilt has gotten to me so much that I’ll send out “Happy New Year” cards instead. So, to avoid any potential stress and shame, I recommend sending holiday cards early (regardless of which holiday or day you’d like to celebrate).
Holiday Card Bonus
And, as one of my favorite parts about sending cards during the holidays, having relatives and friends call after they’ve received our card is an easy and relaxed way to catch up with people we’ve missed throughout the year. It’s easy to lose touch these days, and sending mailed cards reminds your friends and family that you care.