posted on Jul, 21 2014 @ 07:53 AM
We do send out cards, including picture of kids and personal note. Mine are religious in nature as well, as we celebrate Christmas as part of our
faith - not as a secular/commercial holiday.
It takes a lot of time and, yes, a lot of money. I, too, was thinking about ending the tradition this year. We've got a lot going on right now and
I don't think holiday cards are an appropriate priority. I'm expecting my 3rd child in September (yeeeaaaa!!!) but also just got diagnosed with
cancer (boooo!) (it's treatable thyroid cancer - I've already had surgery just last week to remove thyroid and lymph nodes and will do the radiation
after baby is born). To say that I am, and will be, drained of energy around the holidays this year is probably an understatement.
I honestly don't know if I'll have the energy to do cards this year. The fact is, most "christmas cards" we get are just a family photo with "Happy
Holidays" printed across it. It's nice to see distant families, and how their kids have grown, but these pics are often sent without a single
personalized word written. It doesn't really do anything to help us feel connected. We could just as well look up their facebook page. I mean, I
guess it's nice that they took the time to print our address label... but, anyway, that seems to be the way most Christmas cards are trending now,
if they get sent out at all
I too was thinking about just doing a few personal cards to elderly or to people we know are struggling one way or another. Not just because of the
cost, time, and energy (and the fact that I'm lacking in all three areas) but also because it seems that we are upholding a tradition that no one
really cares about any more.
Interesting post - I didn't expect to be thinking about Christmas cards in July... but I think I need to suggest to my husband that this might be a
good year to end the tradition - or at least scale back.
ETA: Nice idea on donating the money saved to a charity! I love it. Although, I don't think I would say anything about that on the e-cards. My
preference would be to keep it private (like all charitable giving).
edit on 21-7-2014 by VegHead because: (no reason given)