It's always been one of those debated subjects in my family when it comes to Christmas cards. I remember as a little girl watching my Mom pull out the big box of cards, the roll-a-dex, pens, stamps and address labels. She'd then proceed to use up an entire book or two of stamps (which back then were lick and stick so I got to help) as she wrote out each and every envelope, signed our names inside of the cards and then sent them off to various friends, neighbors, family members and everyone Mom could think of.
At first we'd get so many cards back that we'd have an entire door plastered with them, some hanging onto the wall next to it. That was, of course, before the internet really caught on with the masses.
Then, people started to die and people just didn't do Christmas cards any more. So when we received a card from someone, Mom put a little symbol next to their names in the address book (she got rid of the roll-a-dex), changing the symbol from year to year so the next year she'd know who to send Christmas cards.
After awhile, those numbers dwindled and I think Mom got by with just using cards from previous years and sending out a handful here and there as she received them. And actually, shortly before I moved out, I was helping her with the few cards because I put in my friends and associates as well.
When I moved out of state, I was fired up! Time to send out a bunch of Christmas cards so everyone knew where I lived and I'd print out pictures of me and my (at the time boyfriend) husband who I was living with.
I received about 10 cards that year.
The next year, only about 5.
This year, so far, only 1.
I'm debating on whether to send everyone Christmas cards this year since we just moved and yes, I have a new address that maybe not everyone knows about... but it's this personal debate of whether it's worth the time and effort. Even in a technological age, much of my family doesn't keep in touch with me through the internet or even Facebook. So you'd think that even once a year they'd want to hear from me through a card. Say "hey, how you doin'? We're still alive" or something to that extent. But when we're only 15 days out from Christmas, just two short weeks away...you think I'd have more to show for it.
It's not that I'm expecting presents, visits, fruitcakes, or even a phone call. But a card? Is it REALLY so hard to send cards now in this age of texts and emails? Why is it so hard to WRITE more than two-three words? People don't want to call when they can text, and they don't want to write because they can text...and yet if I don't get even a text, are you even alive out there?
Maybe that's why the Christmas spirit is so hard to come by anymore. It's hard to receive it when no one is giving.
'Nuff said from Scrooge. ^_^;