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Christmas Cards [Dec. 13th, 2009|12:42 pm]
Tony Grist
We're not sending Christmas cards this year. Ailz says it's because she wants to give the money we'll save to a deserving charity. I say it's because I just don't want to.

Christmas cards belong to an age before there were Facebook and Twitter- and the telephone- and all those other new-fangled ways we have of keeping in touch. The sending of cards has become a socially-enforced ritual. There's very little joy in it.

Ailz's mother says we should at least send cards to family. I say family- the people with whom we're most frequently in touch- are the last people we should bother with.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-12-13 03:48 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 05:13 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-12-13 05:26 pm (UTC)
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)
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