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Monday question: Card etiquette

Posted by Robin Abrahams  November 22, 2010 06:10 AM

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And let the holiday season begin, with a question on Christmas/holiday/New Year's cards:

I would love nothing more than to have the time to make beautiful, personalized cards for each person on my list. I'd be happy to have the time to write notes to everyone. As it is, I am lucky to find the time to make a photo card, order it, address the envelopes (by hand, at least!), stamp and mail them. I enjoy receiving cards from far-flung family and friends, who I may only hear from at Christmastime, and send a large number of cards to let said friends and family know that I am thinking of them. While I love getting handwritten notes in the cards, I'm touched to get any card. Should I not send cards if I can't write a personal note on each one? Is a photo card, where one carefully chooses a photo, a background design, and a message, really so impersonal?

What do you think? I have an opinion--a fairly strong one--but I'll keep it to myself for now. The ConductMom will be in town for a Thanksgiving visit this week, and entertaining her is Job One, so I may not get my response up until Sunday.

ALSO, people, if you have Christmas or New Year's questions, get them in now! My deadline is weeks in advance, so this (aside from my two December chats) is your last chance to get a 2010-specific question in for Miss Conduct. 
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