It is the same every year.
Around October I think about Christmas cards. I think how great it would be, to send one out---- to catch up with friends and family, to take a cute picture, to write some kind of clever family update that is entertaining without being cheesey or braggy. In October I decide it is both possible and a Good Idea.
Then I forget about it until early December.
And in early December I start to realize that there isn't time. No time for picture taking or update-writing. Though again, it sure would be nice to do a card. Maybe tomorrow. Or the next day.
And every year it's the same: I run out of time and steam, watching the cards of friends and family flood our mailbox. I promise that I'll do it next year.
I'll let you guess where I'm at in the Circle of Christmas Card Delirium right this minute.
This year there is something new. I've started to contemplate the alternative of mailing a card, which is of course: emailing a Christmas greeting. (This is where you come in.) I'm wondering about the Social Acceptance Rating of email Christmas greetings. I think it shifts every year---- like maybe a few years ago this type of thing was considered to be Lazy. But as the cost of postage keeps rising, and the number of people who are online and emailing and regularly writing on Facebook and such keeps rising--- the idea of doing a Christmas card in an email seems more and more practical.
What I want to know, from all of you, is where you stand.
Would you rather receive some kind of greeting over nothing at all? Or do you think the Christmas email is a Grand Cop Out? Postage is horribly expensive, after all. Does an electronic greeting still do the job of sending news and sharing a cute picture and letting you know that the sender is thinking of you, or do you lose the meaning when you lose the tactile experience? I know that Swistle has an awesome and perfectly-worded scoring system (highly recommended), but I'm wondering again about that social acceptance shift that I mentioned earlier. As time goes on, does it become more the norm, or will I be considered a Christmas Card Pariah for even considering it?