I'm not sure how many people do anymore, but I like sending and receiving Christmas cards.
A couple of cards were waiting for me on my desk Monday morning, and they made my day.
We'll probably send a few dozen cards this holiday season. It will cost us some money and effort, but I think it's worth it.
Sure, it's nice to say, "Merry Christmas," in person, via social media or on the phone. However, I like having a card to hang on the wall - rather than a holiday wish that gets buried on my Facebook "wall."
Of course, email, Facebook, Twitter and text messages have their advantages.
For example, emailing a press release to The Post-Journal typically reduces the amount of time it takes us to get it in the paper. We don't mind receiving news items through the mail; they just add time to the process. There's the time it takes for the mail to actually arrive. Then, the press release needs to be typed into our system.
Communicating electronically allows people to easily stay in touch with friends they don't see very much.
I use social media, email and text messages to keep up with my friends from high school and college throughout the year, but we'll be sending them Christmas cards anyway.
Hopefully, they'll appreciate the cards and the time and effort we put into them. I know I'll appreciate the ones I receive.
At home and at work, I probably get 50 emails and 10 voicemails for every letter or card I rip open. The emails and voicemails - even the ones I particularly like - eventually get deleted inadvertently or by necessity.
So many work and personal emails come in that there just isn't room for an electronic note from months ago.
The cards I can hang onto for a while, though. There's plenty of space on the wall and the fridge.