I have done Christmas cards and letters every year since 2004. I really enjoy it – I enjoy writing the letter and thinking about my friends and family as I address the envelopes and mail them. I also love getting them from friends. I love decorating my house with the cards, and I always put up pictures on my fridge and they stay up year-round (or at least until we move again ;-)).
I’m trying to decide what to do about Christmas cards this year. Last year was the first year I included a picture. We had pictures taken this year, and I have them designed and ready to go. I also have written the letter (though it needs major revising!). This year, though, I am torn. I am very tempted to save the time and money and email the letters to everyone. But at the same time, I am sad to stop a tradition that I have very much enjoyed.
I have thought through several compromises, and came up with one. I send the letter out via email to everyone. Then I send the picture only via snail mail to those who want it (and those who don’t have email). I really don’t mind sending out pictures to the people who like getting them. It’s more of avoiding sending them to the people who would just glance at it and throw it away.
What do you think? A good compromise? Or is it weird? Should I just do what I’ve done every year – mail letter & photo? In some ways I’m not sure I want to stop that tradition. I feel like email is so impersonal. (I was sad last year when I decided to print labels instead of handwriting all the addresses. It felt impersonal, but it seriously saved soooo much time.) I think the more I think through it, the more I like that option.
Really practical people are probably confused at my quandary. I guess it’s hard to explain the emotions I feel about it all!