I noticed this Christmas a trend that gets worse every year – the Christmas postcards with nothing but a picture of a friend’s children and the words “Happy Holidays” or some other version of the same sentiment. A couple of years ago it was cute, now the majority of the cards we receive are not cards, but pictures. Many troubling questions arise from this trend out of hand:
What do you do with the pictures after the season is done? I like digital pictures because there’s no additional clutter. I don’t have photo albums, so printed pictures sit in a box some place. Honestly, I throw them out. Sorry, most of the time I don’t even recognize who’s on the card, why would I keep the picture? Which leads me to the second point:
Why aren’t the people I’m friends with on the card too? It used to be that you might get the odd family photo at Christmas, but of all the cards we received, only one included an image of the people we’re actually friends with (and those friends don’t have children). But if they do decide to have children, then the next question is:
How long does this last? My friend Nancy had a little girl last year, and sent out Christmas cards with a picture of her daughter to her friends that haven’t seen her in awhile. We saw her last night and she asked me “when do I stop?” Good question. At least once the kids get to college.
To my friends that have sent us Christmas cards with their children on them – don’t fret, we’d rather hear from you, than not. Take this post as me being Andy Rooney, who I seem to get more and more like each year.