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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: karenkay
2009-12-13 09:03 pm (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-12-13 09:23 pm (UTC)
That's interesting.

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.
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