Do e-mailed Xmas cards cut it for you?

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  1. earllogjam

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    I've been getting emailed xmas cards and greetings from people I know and I'm sorry but I feel they are just really fake and obnoxious substitutes for the real thing.

    To me they scream NO CLASS. What a fucking lazy ass cheapskates to do this! I could understand emailed cards if it were some impersonal company or business marketing thing but from a friend? Come on.

    What do you think of emailed Xmas cards?
     
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    Print it out on your printer. Instant Card.

    Really though....the sentiment is still there without the wasted resources of Paper and fuel uses for delivery requirements X's MILLIONS.

    It is a different world now.....with conservation efforts desperately needed. Is a phone call an empty gesture as compared to a visit?
     
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    not the same as getting one in the mail
     
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    I know some people who prefer e-cards. But I prefer the real ones as well.
     
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    Fine line here. folks. You want a Christmas card but you don't read a newspaper. You want to save the Earth but you want to cut down trees and waste petroleum products in a mail truck.

    Some might seem impersonal but I don't really see a difference between an online card and a stamped card from Terminix Exterminators.

    Now, if there were original artwork that's sent, well, that might make all the difference in the world.
     
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    I send cards to my family and close friends in the states.
    It doesn't matter to me but I know some people do feel the way you do, so I send them a card.
    I guess I look in my card drawer and think, there has got to be a better way to save paper.

    Now to most of my friends in other countries and acquaintances I send e-cards.
    Some of my best friends live in England, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.
    I may send them an e-card for the holidays but I send them a birthday card with a gift.
    Overseas mail is a drain on the pocketbook.
     
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    I like real Holiday cards! Everyone on my friend list here will be getting a PM, only because I don't know the majority of their real names or addresses!
     
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    It has to be traditional holiday cards sent through the regular old fashioned mail! E-cards are too impersonal.
     
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    Same deal with me.

    I don't have the meatspace addresses of some people so they don't get a card. I don't send holiday emails because they do seem to usually be done with a minimum of thought and care and many people don't like them. I, however, don't particularly care and particularly so if it's someone living on a tight budget. It's the thought that's most important and just to be included on someone's list means they bothered to think of me and I always appreciate that sentiment.
     
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    Seeing this thread reminded me that I got a bunch of cards in the mail today that I havent bothered to open...yet. Oops.

    Some of us just aren't organized enough to send cards out. I like the concept of original art, though.
     
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    Not 'empty', but it isn't nearly as fulfilling.

    Human beings have 5 senses. The more of them that can be satisfied--by anything--the happier they will be.

    And the effort and personal touch that go into a Christmas card are often most appreciated even something as simple as seeing the sender's handwriting.
     
  12. Principessa

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    I'm a big fan of the paper Christmas card. I love to send and receive them.

    I have a friend who stopped sending them about 5 years ago, and I understand why. During the space of 8 months her husband lost his job, her son graduated from high school, her heroine addicted half-sister gave birth and she took in the baby so it wouldn't be put in the system, and she had bariatric gastric bypass. She didn't have the time or the money to send out traditional Christmas cards so she sent e-cards.
    So true!
     
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    I'm suprised grown rational people actually care one way or another if they get a card in the mail.

    I love what xmas is supposed to represent but yet people have to debate what's better someone sending a card in the mail, or via the internet.:rolleyes:
     
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    I'm usually a traditionalist in this regard however this year I decided to go e-card for several reasons I need not go into here.

    but understand I don't use an online e-card service. I've created several myself from scratch and send them with individually personalized messages.
     
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    If you have their home address it is rude to only send an e-card to a friend.
     
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    I'd really rather have them wishing me Merry Christmas in person, trying to ram their tongues down my throat, and otherwise clutching and getting at my body with an intensity that has me wondering if I'll survive intact, but otherwise, an e-mail, a text message, or a card would be just as nice:biggrin1:
     
  17. earllogjam

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    It's more about the effort one goes thru to give something "special" that makes a real xmas card more meaningful for me.

    Getting a email xmas card is about special as getting a xeroxed form letter from a friend addressed to 50 people besides you.
     
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