I love Christmas for so many reasons. One reason is because at this time of the year my post box is usually filled with letters/cards rather than bills. Well, that used to be the case. Over the past few years, the amount of Christmas cards I receive has seriously declined.
Usually by the 5th of December, there’s at least a dozen cards hanging in my place. This year, there’s only one. This isn’t unusual as many people have stopped sending cards, preferring to send emails or texts.
To a lot of people it doesn’t make sense to send something that could take up to two weeks for someone to receive (if sending internationally), when a digital message can be received instantaneously.
The thing is, while the intentions behind the digital message is the same as the written one, it doesn’t feel as special.
There is something intimate about seeing someone’s handwriting and knowing that they have gone out of their to send you a card. It’s not just opening a laptop or picking up a phone. That person had to go out and buy (or make) the card, write it, get stamps, and then find a post box in which to send it. This seems like a lot of effort for a little message. But it is that effort, and the knowledge that someone is thinking about you, that makes it so very special. It feels like a gift in itself.
Many people say that cards are old fashioned and sentimental but if you can’t get sentimental and traditional at Christmas time when can you? Isn’t that, along with goodwill and spreading the love, what Christmas is all about?
I don’t base my Christmas card list on who sends me one. It’s who do I want to send one to? A Christmas card, to me, is a way to tell people how much they mean to me, thank them for being a part of my life, and send them my best wishes for a great festive season and beyond.
So this Christmas, why not get back into the art of letter writing and surprise some of your nearest and dearest with your handwritten message?
The last posting dates, in Ireland, to ensure that your cards get to their destination in time for Christmas are:
07th December – International Post (excluding the US)
12th December – USA
18th December – Europe & Great Britain
19th December – Northern Ireland
20th December – Ireland