Holiday cards: Mailbox, inbox, no box?

When I was a kid, my parents would collect all the holiday cards we received and hang them around the house. Most would include photos of the kids or stories about the past year. We’d read them together and catch up on the lives of our families and friends.

“Wow, my second cousin is funny looking…”

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed there are fewer and fewer cards around the house. Not only that, but a lot of the stories are old news. Are we too busy to write or are we too connected to need to?

So I decided to compare my network of holiday card recipients to my social networks and found a lot of similarities. In fact, everyone on my holiday card list is a friend on Facebook. The stories and photos we’d once gathered eagerly to read are now broadcast for all to see year round.

“My second cousin changed career paths but still has that weird haircut?”
I already knew that.

Community is a huge part of the holiday season, but how we share is changing. Some of us have entirely shifted our holiday greetings to e-cards and festive tweets. We’ll still send a holiday card with a photo of my son, but you probably saw it a few months ago.