The Dying Christmas Tradition?


As of Christmas Eve, the count stands at just three.

Ten years ago, it might have been approaching two dozen by now. But these days, thanks to social networking services like Facebook, Christmas cards are more and more becoming a thing of the past:

“The rise of social networking, smartphones and Apple iPads is changing the way friends and family stay in touch, diminishing the Christmas card’s long-standing role as the annual social bulletin.

I started off the season with the best of intentions: I actually searched a giant display of Christmas cards to find a design that expressed the real meaning of Christmas: it didn’t depict Santa and his team of reindeer, or presents under a tree, or a Courier & Ives-inspired scene showing a town all aglow with lights.

It expressed simple concepts like peace, joy, fellowship, friendship, and love. I bought them right after Halloween, so they were ready to go.

And they just sat unopened. I never had a real chance to get to them and start addressing them.

When I realized my error, it was already December 21st; the only thing that reminded me that I hadn’t sent any was receiving the first one in my mailbox!

So to the three people who’ve sent me Christmas cards this year, yeah, I’m a slacker. I’m sorry to have not returned the much-appreciated favor.

Next year, I’ll do better. I already am ahead of the curve because I have a nice box of Christmas cards ready to be addressed!

There’s nothing like being prepared.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.