Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Is It Old-Fashioned to Send Christmas Cards

Jeeze, I had to go back and edit yesterday’s post title. I got the countdown number wrong. Today marks the 27th day until Christmas. Why didn’t y’all point out my error?

I was at the post office on Monday and I’d recommend getting those Christmas cards and packages ready if your local post office is anywhere near as busy. The line snaked way long even though they had all clerk positions open. Maybe it was because once you finally get to the clerk, he or she makes you feel like you are the most important customer in the world. Well, that’s been my experience so far in Springfield, Missouri.

I decided to come back later for the Christmas stamps, but did you know you can order them online and save a trip and gas?

And I thought, is it old-fashioned to send out cards these days? I like the photo cards but can never find a suitable picture to inflict on family and friends. I am not photogenic to put it nicely. I always look like a prison inmate let loose on good behavior. Unlike some folks, I also love the Christmas letters a couple of friends send out each year.

Even though I have made cards with my own designs, I found myself picking up a couple of boxes at Target this year. Only after I got home did I discover they were made in China. That strikes me as strange and I wish I’d gone to more trouble to find cards MADE IN AMERICA. Is every blasted product made in China? Well, I think nearly everything in Hobby Lobby is. It bothers me because I wonder if are we buying ourselves out of our position as an economic world leader just to save a few cents.

Sorry for the digression. Now, go mail those cards!


Marion said...

Sheila, long ago my friends and I made the decision not to send cards to each other, since we saw them over the holidays. I still think it is a very nice touch to send cards or letters to people who are in my thoughts, but whom I rarely see.

Graham sends out his annual Christmas letter; however, he sends mostly by email. And we receive letters back by email.

But that being said, I remember the excitement and warm feelings from opening Christmas cards. I remember the cards being displayed in such colourful, creative ways.

This part of it, I think, is a great loss.

The difficult part of this Christmas is finding toys that are ok. I hesitate to buy even the ones from makers who promise there is great care taken in producing their toys, some of which they admit are made in China.

This is my GRANDSON we're talking about here, lol!

Sarge Charlie said...

Look out for those made in china cards, lead paint you know........

Sheila said...

I think an e-mail Christmas letter is a great way to go, but grew up with a mom who always sent cards and who took the time to write a personal message. Sometimes that was the only contact for the year. I understand the caution when it is a grandson. It's a shame parents and grandparents have to worry about the lead in toys.

Seriously, Sarge, I don't think I'm going to lick the envelopes to seal them.

yankee617 said...

Hallmarks cards are made in USA. I think there is one other mfg as well. You can find Made in USA products at It's not a store just a resource for consumers.

Sheila said...

Thanks, Yankee, for the link. It was a spur-of-the-moment purchase and thus I am guilty of shortchanging my values like so many others. I have bought cards made in Canada at the Dollar Tree, 2/$1 so I know they are out there.

Lorelei said...

I love getting Christmas cards, especially if they also have a letter in them and photos. Sending them out can be tedious, but hopefully people enjoy them just like I do, so it's worth the effort. I never want to start getting Christmas emails instead of an actual card.

Sheila said...

Me too, Lorelei. Once a year is all we can hope for sometimes.

Miss Trashahassee said...


Digress, digress, digress!

You reminded me to check the labels on what I buy! I appreciate that!

Miss T

Sheila said...

Miss T, you had better look closely too. This is just way too much work. I think I'll go back to buying whatever looks cool and not worry where it came from. I licked the envelopes and I haven't died yet and so I guess the cards are fine.

Janey Loree said...

Our most popular item is Christmas stationery this year, I think people are wanting to get back that personal touch Christmas cards, letters and pictures brings to those we love and care about!

Happy Holidays, Shiela!!! Playing the piano much?!

p.s. our cards are made in The United States of America, too!

Sheila said...

I have to dig out the Christmas music and sit down. That'll get me in the mood.

Glad to hear your cards are made in America. Your paper dolls are so cute too. Maybe I'll be a customer one of these days.

Jackie said...

I no longer buy the charity Christmas cards I used to, I rather just give a donation. What I do is make my own cards for those I will see over the Christmas season and send e-cards to those I normally would need to post.

Cards are now too expensive to produce or buy and many get lost in the post here anyway.

Janey Loree said...

I need to dig out the Christmas music too, my brother is wanting to sing while he is here on the weekends.

You are welcome in PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe anytime!

Don't you create greeting cards too, Sheila? Hey, Jackie you need to post your card creations on your blogs!!

Everyone have a very Merry Holiday Season!!!

Sheila said...

I might posted some designs, Janey and maybe Jackie will share her work. I'm afraid everything published and printed these days will eventually go the wayside as technology moves us forward. I supposed it is ecologically sound to quit cutting down trees for so many paper products.

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too Miss Janey and all who read these words. I'm not done with Christmas yet. In fact I am just getting started.

If any readers would care to share a non-Christian-influenced tradition or holiday, I'd be interested to read it and share just to keep some balance.