Stacks of Christmas Cards

2009 December 30
by Kirsten

Christmas is over, but a few tardy Christmas cards will still float in over the next few days. Not for us — as we received a total of 5 cards this year.

My parents, however, stockpiled stacks of stamped, addressed, printed and handwritten cards from more than 50-years’ worth of acquaintances. Those are my dad’s feet and glasses to the left, where he sat to peruse the cards.

It must be a generational trend. We younger folks know not only what big trips and accomplishments our friends had in 2009, but also what they ate for breakfast, their top 10 (fill in the blank) and any other status update worthy enough of a tweet.

I appreciate those of my generation who still value the crisp, personal correspondence of a mailed piece. Hopefully someday I’ll re-join the ranks. I’m still reeling from the thank you cards we mailed after our wedding in 2008. Give me time.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Tim Brown permalink
    January 22, 2010

    Very good! Dwight will encourage you as much as he does Jim.

  2. Richard Gannon permalink
    January 22, 2010

    I agree with this generational gap. Here’s another generation gap for ya: my parents still have a landline phone!

  3. Margo Pasha permalink
    January 23, 2010

    Being one of the parents referred to in this blog, I simply must defend the OLDER generation. (BTW, when did that happen? We were young and fun just yesterday and now, we’re the older generation. I digress.) Christmas cards have long been a tradition in our home. One year, I tried to pass on it and got stacks of cards asking if we were OK. Now, it’s a self-inflicted obligation that I work on throughout the year with October 31st being my deadline for the annual "newsletter". If I can – I’d like to say that I may consider having Kirsten Lamb decorate some personal cards for our next year’s communication. Not only will I be free to do some other mind-numbing chore, I’ll be assured of having very clever cards to send to our loved ones.

  4. kirsten permalink
    January 25, 2010

    Kirsten Lamb would be happy to design your next newsletter. :)


    So it sounds like people who have always done Christmas cards are stuck, while the *younger* generations have freedom to decide how they want to update their friends.

  5. kirsten permalink
    January 25, 2010

    Good point. My parents do too :) Although the last time I was doing an interview for an article and AT&T decided to drop my call, I wished I had a land line!

  6. kirsten permalink
    January 25, 2010

    Oh, dear.

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