Tuesday, December 15, 2009

White Christmas and Christmas Cards

The art of sending Christmas cards is definitely dying. More and more people opt for the quick mass email or catch all blog post. I even saw someone suggest sending out a holiday tweet. It's funny, because all the things we have to save us time, like facebook and twitter and email end up sucking us dry with their constant demands. I don't juggle all of them very well and ended up neglecting my facebook account for six months. I was really sad to go back and read my messages and see how many of my good friends had written! I also missed a chance to meet up with a friend who was in the area. I will never neglect Facebook again!

A goal for 2010 is definitely to bring more balance to my life in these ways and to put energy into fewer activities and to do them well. Most of my online energy goes into this blog and twitter is where I goof off instead of facebook. But I'm also on the hunt for a hobby that has nothing to do with blogs or storytelling of any kind...I'm looking for that new kind of space in my life.

In any case, so much of Christmas is nostalgia and I suspect that even card writing will become something of the past. I think it's really sad, even though my cards usually get sent on December 23rd. Hearing from loved ones in this dedicated way has always been pleasure. We have so many online connections that snail mail now stands out in a special way.

I love the film Holiday Inn in all of it's corny glory. I love the music and dancing. I hope you enjoy this video of White Christmas.






Amy

14 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

I definitely need to find more balance next year too. This holiday season, I've been hanging on by my fingernails. Too much going on!!! However, despite all this, I still make time for my big Christmas card mailing. I always find a picture of the kids taken sometime over the summer on vacation, plus I write a letter. I ALWAYS mail them the day after Thanksgiving. Not only is it just a tradition with me, but it means there is one less thing I'm worrying about. I tell you, it was a close one this year. I didn't think I was going to make it!

Beth Kephart said...

a certain someone's card is going out today .....


:)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My Christmas card list was cut in half this year - and it went out a little later than usual.

There was an article on CCN.com this morning about the death of Christmas cards due to cost and paper waste, so your post was very timely!

Ruth said...

I thought I was doing okay with Christmas planning, but this week my to-do list seems to have increase expontentially and all of a sudden I feel SO BEHIND on EVERYTHING! Hopefully I'll get cards sent by Saturday. Mine are usually just a quick "Merry Christmas! Love, Ruth" kind of thing, but I like to get them out nonetheless. Never understood how my mom writes such letters and notes with every card!

bermudaonion said...

We still send out lots of Christmas cards, but I think it's because we've moved so much, we now have friends all over the world.

collettakay said...

I love getting things in the mail that aren't bills. So, I've started spending time each week writing little notes and letters to some of my good friends/family. I love it. I've always loved stationary, too!

My best friend from high school only lives about 5 minutes away but with life going on we only see/talk to each other a couple times a year. So, we've recently become "penpals". It is so much fun and we're once again in each other lives.

My Christmas cards went in the mail on December 7th. Except for the ones I hand-deliver in church.

Peaceful Reader said...

Great post! I still love sending and receiving holiday cards! Might I suggest knitting for your new hobby-it is quiet, very relaxing, can be done anywhere and can bring a certain inner peace to your life!!

Lorin said...

Its hard to find the time to do them, but I love sending (and receiving) Christmas cards - even if I have to send them out after Christmas (which is looking very likely this year). As long at they go out before New Year's though, I think I'm good.

J.T. Oldfield said...

I always send Christmas cards. I'll be doing mine this weekend, I think.

Dreamybee said...

I just downloaded a bunch of Bing onto my iPod. I love the stuff he did with The Andrews Sisters-they always sound like they had such fun playing off of each other.

I hope Christmas cards never go out of style completely. It is fun to get "real" mail; and even though it takes forever, I always try to write a little something in each card that I send. I'm about halfway through my list so far, which is very impressive for me!

Adward said...

I always make some eCards by Powerpoint and PPT2ecard, yeah I'm money-concerned now but eager to do something to all my family members and friends. Till now I haven't got any feedback but I'd like to move on till I recieve wishes form you :P

Ti said...

Balance is such a good goal for 2010. I put balance right up there at the top of my list each year but I always manage to let it slip back down towards the bottom. At least I start off in the right direction.

BTW...I love White Christmas.

redheadkate said...

I send Valentine's cards instead of Christmas cards. It's nice because some people on my list might not typically get a card at Valentine's Day and things usually aren't so crazy then. Some years I make them, others are bought.

Holiday Inn and White Christmas are two of my all time favorites. Soundtrack to Holiday Inn is great too.

Elizabeth said...

I love sending Christmas cards! The only reason you didn't get one from me this year is because I haven't snooped out your address yet. Maybe next year....=)

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