Holiday Photo Cards Love Them or Hate Them?
If you would have told me when I was single that I would be sending out photo cards every holiday I would’ve said you were crazy. What changed? I had children.
I used to always send handwritten cards to my closest friends. I would buy some cards at my local drugstore-cute, not too sappy, with a little humor and then write a personal note and mail them out.
Now I’m part of the unofficial “Parent Holiday Photo Card Club”-where once a year we all exchange family photos. Some are photos of just the kids, some the family portrait, others a full photo spread straight out of a magazine (can you say The Kardashians?).
Most of us never write anything and with the magic of printing we don’t even have to sign them anymore, this makes me sad.
I guess it’s the thought that counts, right?, but I kind of miss the whole personal aspect of sending out a card in the first place. I guess with all the technology now; Facebook, Twitter, texting we already know what everyone in our life has been up to and there’s not much left to say except Happy Holidays and Happy New Year which is pre-printed on the card.
Except if you are, what one of my single friends calls, “One of those!” You know the person that sends out the 3 page form letter of everything that has been going in their life in the third person. While I can see why some people find them annoying, I kind of like the update, but then again it can be a little too much information, especially if you’re not that close to them in the first place. Maybe there’s a happy medium.
Don’t get me wrong I do like sending and receiving holiday cards. In fact, I just decorated my house with them, but I feel like it’s evolved into this tradition that has become more stressful than meaningful. Trying to get the perfect holiday photos months before, dressing up our kids making sure they look at the camera (we all know how hard that is), getting them printed in time, mailing them out, making sure you don’t leave anyone out.
What’s the proper etiquette? If they send you a card, do you then add them to your list? Each year the list gets longer and longer, as you have more kids, as they get more friends, no wonder we don’t have time to write on them.
The first year I sent out a card I had just had my first, the second year I had my daughter, but this year there wasn’t anything to announce, but now I’m officially in the club and I don’t think I can stop. Can I deactivate from the club? What happens if you decide not send out cards? Will people think you left them out?
With that said, I just sent out my cards. Will I boycott next year? Probably not, but I hope to remember the true meaning of sending out cards rather than have it as just something on my obligatory to do list.
What do you think?