Facebook killed the Christmas card

The following message has been circulating on Facebook: If you would like to exchange Christmas cards send me a PM with your address.

I must admit, that message rubs me the wrong way. What happened to the good old days when you would eagerly open that mailbox and wonder will there be Christmas cards today, and if so, from whom? We have removed the excitement, anticipation, magic. We have removed that warm heartfelt feeling of knowing that you are important to someone, that they thought of you exclusively, and wanted to make certain you received a card. What ever happened to giving because you care, appreciate, and love someone as opposed to giving in order to receive?

Now, I am not naive, I realize Christmas cards are expensive and you can only send out a limited amount. But sending out a message to have people PM you if they wish to exchange cards might end up hurting someone’s feelings, including your own! You may not have enough cards to send to those who PM you their addresses. Or, you might be disappointed to see that only a couple friends want your Christmas card. Is there a solution?

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The answer is, I don’t know. I fear that just like video killed the radio star, Facebook is killing the Christmas card. Let’s be honest, we spend hours a week connecting with friends and family who live both near and far, it is like a virtual Christmas card all year! What is the point of sending a card with a photo of your cute babies when everyone sees them every day on Facebook? (Should be noted that I appreciate & LOVE each & every card I receive and yes, I do keep ALL of them….I might just be a dying breed?)

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Perhaps just like letter writing has become a thing of the past, Christmas cards will too, perhaps our generation will be the last? God only knows what the younger generations will send each other in the future, holograms? Am I just delaying the inevitable? Am I naïve to think others will appreciate receiving our Christmas card? Or am I just mailing out a card that will deliver nothing but more obligation to the receiver during an already stressful time of year? (I hope not, just because you receive a card from me doesn’t obligate you to send one to me, I understand, I just wanted to send some Christmas Cheers!)

What are your thoughts? Do you send Christmas cards?

2 thoughts on “Facebook killed the Christmas card

  • I love Christmas cards! I usually have mine ready to go right after Thanksgiving and strive to be one the of the first – so that I make it on everyone’s list! Every year I sit down with my address book (going on 10+ years now with lots of things crossed out and added each year) and I hand-write every address and think about those who I send cards to (I refuse to have labels printed out – seems less personal to me.) I’ve never put out a facebook request (only private messages to those I know have moved) nor even seen any of my friends put one out – and would probably be put off if I did. And I hate the thought of anyone being stressed out/put out by sending cards. It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and this is part of the wonder (for me at least!)
    I hope that this tradition never dies – I love checking my mailbox each day! And I punch a hole in all the cards we receive and have them on a binder ring – I can’t bring myself to throw away cards!
    Sorry – probably more than you wanted – but I’m very passionate about my Christmas cards!
    Merry Christmas!!

    • You have officially restored my hope!!! You are awesome! I adore the fact that you take the time to reflect upon the person you are addressing each card to, what a beautiful ritual, and one I think I need to adopt. I will also be adopting the binder ring tradition, genius, what a great way to store cards! Thank you so much for sharing!! Here is to keeping this tradition alive, cheers!! Merry Christmas!!

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