A few years ago my wife Catharine and I began to send fewer cards.  We are now pretty well out of the Xmas card business.  Same with Christmas letters.  I used to write one.  No longer.  Reading a Christmas letter is about as boring as watching slides of your neighbour’s last vacation trip.

Still, an official in the Post Office urges us to continue to mail cards:  “Taking the time to send a card is still the best way to show you care.”

And many still do.  A survey shows that 75 per cent of Canadians will mail an average of 20 cards this year.

The fact is, however, that Twitter, Facebook, texting and e-mail are rapidly making the letter go the way of audio cassettes and Polaroid cameras.

Do you still mail Christmas cards?

Does that mean you care more than people who don’t?

What do you think?


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    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    I used to make my cards for friends in the city. For oversees I make Christmas cards from a website that has beautiful flowers. And I am still planning some letters.I never sent year end accounts of what I did this year. And the ones I receive are not very interesting since I do not know a lot of the people that they are taking about.
    But in the spirit of the season, it is the thought that counts.

  2. 2

    I had a huge list for Christmas cards at one time, but I am down to about 25- Only close family and a few who don’t have email. I had to start a Christmas letter, because I can’t write as well as I did. I try to make it amusing, short & sweet.
    I don’t like getting a card, just signed and I used to hate those long detailed letters.
    Of course the POST OFFICE would encourage letters and cards!
    It’s all going the way of the Do-Do bird. The younger generations hardly have time and can’t write or spell anymore.

  3. 3
    youngshoutman Says:

    i totely agri wid littleBATTI the yunga gen r rily bad a reedin an ritin
    mai b we shood criate skools or sumtin.
    IMPORTANT see this link
    You make it sound as if it’s our FAULT, which it certainly is not!!!
    Are you happy there … all high and mighty? “Oh it’s not my problem! It’s their fault, nothing to do with me!”
    How about you do something to help reverse this, instead of dissing US?
    I blame the older generation for climate change, therefore I’ll sit back and not do anything to help, just criticise.

  4. 4

    Youngshoutman-You are usually more clever than this comment.
    I didn’t BLAME kids for not being able in writing & spelling. I commented on a fact.
    Schools don’t teach handwriting skills anymore and kids I’ve spoken to don’t learn language skills like “i before e, except after c”, and are rarely losing marks for spelling. Top it off, with spell check, and you have lots of job resumes that look like they’ve been written by a youth instead of a college graduate.
    It started back in the 60’s (with your grand parents) when teachers taught kids to read phonetically and then skipped the step to go back and teach the spelling.
    It’s very hard for a child to use a dictionary properly when they can’t spell at all.
    I don’t have a solution. Smart young people like yourself will have to recognize the problem and fix it. (psst: get a tutor). One speller at a time. And you can improve your handwriting by practicing script style.

    If you are planning to “criticise” I suggest that you spell it criticize.
    and PS: Yes, I AM happy here…all high and mighty! 🙂

  5. 5

    Cards are a waste of time and money, and I have never sent them. My parents had a rule: if you see someone more than once in a calendar year, they don’t get a card. And if you don’t see them at least once in a calendar year, neither of you cares much about the other, so why send a card?

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    Lady Janus,

    If your rule of thumb were valid, why do you think have sent millions of cards over the years?

  7. 7

    Bah.Humbug! We have family & friends from Vancouver to Nfld.
    Unfortunately, we don’t see them every calendar year and we don’t consider it a waste of time & money to choose a beautiful card and mail it with a message of love at this special time of year. But hey! That’s just us!

  8. 8

    Neil, my rule (no thumb) is for me. You can have your own.

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    Karen Says:

    I absolutely send cards in the mail! They are cherished and saved….not deleted. And, I love receiving them. My home is decorated by those in my life that I care about.

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