With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the realization of the holidays is quickly approaching. As I begin to prepare for the holidays in my traditional ways I can't help but think of the traditional Christmas card. Years ago, I remember Christmas cards pouring into our family home right after Thanksgiving. These cards would be from family, friends, and people we haven't seen or spoken to in months. All of these cards were generic store bought ones but each were hand-written, each member of our family addressed to and signed personally. What do we have now-a-days? We have either emails, pre-stamped cards, and picture cards made on sites like Snapfish. I guess I shouldn't complain since a moderate effort is put into these kinds of Christmas greetings. But it is just not the same! And I have noticed the cards/greetings seems to be diminishing year by year.
Why? I assume it is mainly because of the hecticness of the holidays and these are simpler solutions. But I feel there is no thought or feeling in these type of Christmas greetings. How can you string up a bunch of e-mails and picture cards around your house the way we used to? I remember when I was younger we would get like 30 or more cards. Now we are lucky if there are more than 10.
I still make the effort each year to buy some boxes of Christmas cards, personally hand write each one, and mail to all family, friends, and people I know but haven't talked to in a while. It is the one time of year to reach out to those you haven't socialized with after a long time. It lets them know they are still in your thoughts and you wish them well. Isn't that a part of of what Christmas is about. It's also about actual human contact which because of the advancement of technology we are beginning to lose. A personal Christmas card is like an actual human touch,as if hand to hand, and is much more meaningful than any computer generated card. Have you ever noticed that if you do happen to get a personal written letter, for some reason, it leaves more of an effect than a typed letter? Why is that? Mostly because we realize that person took the time and effort in crafting that letter and it resonates with us. Such as a personal thank you card for a gift, or a letter from a family letter in the military, or even just a birthday card.
I think this year we should all consider the more personal approach to our Christmas greetings. I know it is more time consuming and maybe even more of a hassle, but it just might touch someone's life in the slightest positive way. And to me that is one of the main purposes of Christmas.