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Do you still send Christmas or season's greetings cards by post or do you send everything by email these days?


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Most by e-mail illustrated ones, but to some old-age people I send by post-card.

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I would regard receipt of an email card no better than getting nothing at all.

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Christmas cards were used to tell people you hadn't forgotten about them, even though you haven't talked all year. With Facebook and all that, there is really no need anymore. I am now in touch with people I haven't spoken to in 30 years. I even know what they eat for lunch.

That said, an email is appreciated. Those generic "Merry Christmas everyone" posts on Facebook don't mean anything at all. And email indicates that the person thought of you specifically. Not as nice as a card, but ebooks aren't as nice as paperbacks. Things change.

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Fully agree with Reckless. Better nothing than spam-like wishes sent to huge distribution lists.

I can agree with a personalised one sent by e-mail only to one person or to a small group.

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Everyone in Japan still sends millions and millions and millions of New Year cards, and summer seasonal cards.

We send a couple of hundred of New Year cards. We have found it's an important way to keep in touch with our family, friends and clients. It takes a couple of weeks to write them.

Until my mother passed away a couple of years ago, we always send her cards several times a year because it meant so much to her to receive them.

We don't do Christmas cards because we are not Christians but these days I do send web cards to my family in the other countries.

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We've given up on Xmas cards altogether. Now we just slap a ¥7 stamp our Japanese New Years cards and send them overseas. Most people I know back home are giving up on sending cards. It is only my elderly family who have kept up that tradition.

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I send New Year's cards with a picture of my kids and a short, handwritten message to older family members. They still send me birthday cards, so it feels nice to do something in exchange (although I guess it is lazier than actually remembering their birthdays and sending a card then).

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I'll include a Christmas/New Year's card if I send a package with gifts, but all other tidings of joy and greetings are done by email and/or SNS or by phone. There is no need for physical mail. I stopped sending Nengajou last year after having phased it out over the past two or three, as I felt it was mostly a mandatory thing, and the people I feel thankful to and enjoy communicating with all exchange greetings regularly by other means. I do sometimes send back to those who send to me anyway, but that's it. I also don't sent cards telling people I can't send cards this year, either.

Now, here's the down side of all that... just moved recently and while doing so went through boxes of things in the closet to get rid of as much as possible. Had old Christmas cards, photos, and scraps of this and that kept from childhood. As impractical as it all is in this day and age, and literally heavy, there's something about holding an old book of photos, and old cards and letters... this year I put the old cards up on my tree in some cases as decorations.

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Smith - I know what you mean. There is something special about holding in your hand the physical object that a loved one took the time to choose, hold in theirs, write on and walked to a postbox, maybe on a street with fond memories whose images flash up and spark a smile. Particularly when the sender isn't around any more to send one this year.

A physical card is a tangible presence of someone who loved you. I treasure mine.

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A physical card is a tangible presence of someone who loves you.

Snailmail, always. We don't text at all. Either email or voice if not snailmail.

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