The Evolution Of Holiday Cards - Page 2
In my pre-married, working to pay for my night-college days, my parents ceased putting my name on their cards and my greetings took on a more professional tone. “Seasons Greetings” and other generic holiday tidings were adopted so that I didn’t offend anyone. Cards were sometimes sent to business associates and to customers with whom I was friendly. I even gave holiday cards to my bosses through the years, I suppose in the hopes of increasing my Christmas bonus.
Fast forward to my married years with a husband who is Jewish and all references to Merry Christmas went out the window as a bow of respect to our two faiths. We had generic images of snowmen, penguins, snowflakes. One card even had Santa with a reindeer whose antlers were lit like a menorah. Our mailing lists were joined and we both spent time picking out and mailing the cards. That’s what couples do – they share everything, right?
Now that we have children, of course, photo cards are sent and they have been handed off to me as my domain (so much for couples sharing responsibility for everything). The names of our family members are listed and, coincidentally enough, my kids’ names start with the same letter, much like the families of the 1960s. I keep two cards each year, one for each child’s scrapbook. I’m back in the “family phase” of cards.
And like my parents, my cards will eventually rewind back into couples’ cards as my children grow and send out their own cards. It’s inevitable. It’s the evolution of one’s Holiday Cards. And I hope we never become too technologically-advanced to send them.