My query has to do with the etiquette of sending Christmas letters and greetings via email. Save for a few family members, the vast majority of people on my Christmas letter list are accessible via email now, so it seems to make sense that in lieu of postage and post office lineups this time of year, is it alright to send a letter via email?
In the last few years I have received more holiday updates in this format, and don’t mind it at all. If it’s a letter I want to keep, I simply print it out and add it to the pile of other cards and letters. I know there is something to be said for receiving a card in the mail, and I do plan to send out those to older family members who do not use email. But to be fair, it is also an extremely busy time of year, and it seems like each year fewer and fewer people have time to send out greetings. This seems like a great way to keep the tradition alive, while still having time to get everything else done.
Thanks for your guidance! 1205-13
So, you want to eschew a tradition of sending holiday greetings by mail solely because you are too busy to sign, address and mail these Christmas letters and cards? Hmmm…don’t you think that if everyone had the same attitude of wanting the easy, lazy way of expressing holiday cheer that emailed Christmas greetings would soon be equated with the easiest way possible to get out of wishing someone a Happy New Year? How special. Not.
I still send Christmas cards by mail. I view each card as a small, personal, inexpensive gift of my time. Email “cards” don’t have holographic effects or glitter or the smeared ink of my personal notes and signature. I email and Facebook family and friends all year but I want something a little more special for expressing my wishes for a happy holidays and good new year. So few people send Christmas cards now that I *like* being the oddball who still does it.
It just seems to me that some correspondences should be so special that they deserve a more personal touch than a mass mailed email message. Weddings and holidays rate as those special times.