It was bound to happen, I guess. One of those things that slowly starts to fade away like buying film and going to the record store. This is the year that we (mostly) killed Christmas cards. Which is somewhat shocking, since I used to really get into them.
I think I was in college when I started sending my own cards to friends and family, and I really got into picking out the card that set just the right tone for how I wanted to be portrayed. I suppose when you’re 18 and single, it’s a lot easier to make it all about you (although I’d argue we all still have that problem sometimes). Not only did I need the perfect card, I began writing a Christmas newsletter, something that I’d seen one of my distant cousins do each year growing up and decided to emulate. It always meant a lot to me, regardless of the mix of responses I received from the recipients, ranging from indifferent, indignant, or enthusiastic.
Then I got married, started having kids, and any thick card stock artistic snowscapes that I may have selected were replaced by glossy faces of those I loved. A few years later, the newsletter became intermittent, replaced by technology and updates on my blog. And now this year it dawned on me that it may be time to trade our normal US Postal Service delivered cards with an email, Facebook, and website delivered facsimile. Sure, we got a few made up at Costco on the cheap to send to mostly older relatives, but if you’re reading this, you probably didn’t get one. If you did, you’ve surprised me with your technological prowess.
We do still enjoy receiving Christmas cards from others, so please don’t let this dissuade you from including us on your lists, whether print or digital. We were happy to receive a couple dozen in the mail that my wife has creatively displayed on a ribbon above the fireplace (so long as the kids don’t knock them off into the flames). It’s amazing to see all the family photos and watch how everyone’s kids have grown.
So it’s Christmas Eve, and here’s our digital card. Time marches on, and who knows if next year we’ll resort back to print, but our lives don’t seem to be getting any slower, so I doubt it. Regardless of the delivery mechanism, we’re glad this message has reached you. We pray that your holiday season is filled with hope and grace and love, and that 2015 brings happiness and peace for you and your family.