I must say that I disagree completely, but I guess that's okay... right?
I love to send cards... love it. But I won't do it unless I have the time to paint my own and compose the poem on the inside. Sending storebought cards gives me no pleasure.
What you're doing is completely different. You're not sending cards, you're sending gifts.
I had not thought of it that way. Hmm!
I disagree but not completely. (How's that for showing my Anglicanism? ;-D)
A lot of the people I know who do send cards are not on FB, Twitter, etc. -- or even using computers, some of them -- folks my parents' age. My aged parents love to get cards in the mail. BUT -- and here's where I think I agree -- if there's nothing written in the card except the signature of the people sending it (sometimes pre-printed!), it makes me sad. Might as well be a Facebook "poke." Cards with meaningful notes -- particularly if they're beautiful cards -- are very nice.
"WRitten" is the word that matters most here. I REALLY don't like those newsletters that tell you everything but the bathroom habits of the people who sent them. But I like getting cards, very much. Still.
And I haven't sent mine yet.
There was a well-known English journalist who produced an anthology of those Christmas newsletters. I'll bet that got him crossed off a lot of lists.
A personal note makes all the difference. Then it's not so much a card as a letter.
I like to receive cards, especially ones with notes in them. We've pared way back on our list -- about 70 people. For an older couple with far-flung family and a number of dear friends picked up over the decades, that's not an unreasonable number.
I've automated the parts of it that are drudgery -- I keep the address list in a spreadsheet. That leaves more time for writing notes.
You take the writing of cards a lot more seriously than I have ever done. I agree it makes a world of difference if the card contains a personal note.
Roy was at one time working in an industry in which sending large quantities of preprinted cards was de riguer, and I got in the spreadsheet habit. Now I also track who gets my annual crocheted snowflake. [Edit: that's so I know when I can stop making the damn things.]
Edited at 2009-12-13 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm down to close family and close friends on my list, because I don't see the point in exchanging umpteen cards with people you never hear from outside of Christmas. If I can make the cards myself, I do, but this year I didn't have time to cross stitch them so I opted for cards sold by our local hospice. Helps a good cause, and a short note in each card tells friends and family that we are thinking of them.
We've been cutting down and cutting down until there's nothing left to trim.
I hate it! My husband will write most of them this year. The exception I make is to my former PhD supervisor, who gets cross if I don't send him a card with a letter saying what I've been up to all year. LOL I should get him to join LJ!
Everyone else can go hang. If like them, I will get a present to them or wish them Merry Christmas personally over a drink.
Phew- at last someone who agrees with me! :)
I agree with you about sending cards to the people we are most frequently in touch with. I sent Christmas cards last year, and I'm planning to send them this year--but for most of my life, I haven't sent them.
In other news, I think you might find this interesting: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1957
Few writers continue to publish into their eighties. When they do there's almost always a marked decline in quality.
Has any very old writer written a masterpiece? I certainly can't think of one.