What do you think of those family photo Christmas cards that people send out the

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  1. joleenruffin profile image59
    joleenruffinposted 12 years ago

    What do you think of those family photo Christmas cards that people send out these days?

  2. MickS profile image59
    MickSposted 12 years ago

    I think they are rubbish.  I know what my family looks like, why do I want another picture of them.

  3. Smaridge01 profile image68
    Smaridge01posted 12 years ago

    They confuse me. At work so far this year I have received two of these, and I don't get it. I don't know one of them that well, and I don't interact with either of their families. I've never made a fuss over their children, and I don't have kids of my own. So I don't get it.

    When I try to see it from their perspective, the best I can come up with is them thinking "these are my children, they are the most important treasures in my life, and I share them with you for the Christmas holiday".

  4. viryabo profile image94
    viryaboposted 12 years ago

    I can understand if they are sent to close family members probably those living far away. I'd only send them to close family members who hasn't seen my family or even the children for a while, say like some years.

  5. profile image0
    fashionjewelry10posted 12 years ago

    I think the cards are very thoughtful. Especially precious when it is of a new baby in the family.

  6. Klena profile image74
    Klenaposted 12 years ago

    I think they can be really nice to receive as long as they feel "genuine."

    We received cards from family members over the world. And some look really posed and static - all the family members wearing similar colours or "festive" jumpers and are sitting very straight and posed on a sofa. Which my father and I do not like.

    Then again, other family members send cards that have a photograph that looks a little more candid - one of the kids has chocolate around their mouths or the family is obviously laughing at something silly being sad. Cards with images like that make me feel really happy.

  7. esatchel profile image87
    esatchelposted 12 years ago

    I dislike them.

    I also dislike the long, rambling Christmas letter detailing every accomplishment (dear Lord, the detail) and omitting every failure.

    I think the two above Christmas correspondences are self-centered. A little picture of your children tucked into a card sent to people who are close but perhaps don't see the children often is certainly thoughtful. The entirety of the card being a picture of yourself and/or your family is tiresome. It is like advertising.

    How about a nice "Dear Aunt Gladys, It has been far too long since we have spoken. I am thinking of that wonderful summer at your home (your wonderful holiday pies, etc). We hope this holiday season finds you happy and health and wish for you..."

    Focus on the "thinking of you, hoping for you, remembering you..." as opposed to "look at me, , let me tell you about our new pool, look at my new house, see me me me".

    Of course, Facebook drives me nuts as well. Could be me, I recognize this.

  8. TahoeDoc profile image83
    TahoeDocposted 12 years ago

    Meh, I'd rather get the photo cards than random generic ones. Of course, I only really get cards from people I know pretty well and I like to see their pictures. If I got one from someone I didn't know, I'd be indifferent.

  9. Iontach profile image68
    Iontachposted 12 years ago

    Cheesy and creepy unless it's from your own family.

  10. fayehelen profile image59
    fayehelenposted 12 years ago

    can't stand them unless from a close relative.
    why would i want somebody else's family who i hardly know sitting on my mantelpiece?

  11. FrankSB profile image61
    FrankSBposted 12 years ago

    They're better than those stick figure family portrait things on the back of mini-vans.

  12. StuartM profile image60
    StuartMposted 12 years ago

    I think they are thoughtful and expect that true friends will be interested enough in your family to appreciate such cards. I reckon they only really become a pain if you receive them from people who are not really that close to you, and are only giving out cards because it is the expected thing to do.

    All said I am glad I live in the UK where the habit of Christmas family photos doesn't exist. Too many people send me cards,and most of them are not really friends (clients, colleagues, ex-colleagues, etc, etc) and I really don't wish to be exposed to their family life. A generic,pretty picture will do just nice thank you.

  13. Jean Bakula profile image95
    Jean Bakulaposted 12 years ago

    The family pics are nice if you don't see them often, such as if they live in another country. Those typed, 3 or 4 page lists of accomplishments are awful. I've ended relationships over them. Why would I care if little Jenny dressed up as a pumpkin in the Halloween play at pre-school? Or if hubby groated the shower & tub this year? Please.........

  14. Darknlovely3436 profile image75
    Darknlovely3436posted 12 years ago

    I think that they are keep sake, however I prefer Hallmark
    greeting card...  I am old fashion...bring back the old fashion way, when I used to the  Hallmark store
    and stand in front of the card rack for more than 10 minutes, reading
    all the cards until I carefully selected that perfect card...
    that's the spirit of Christmas... now it's e-mail card...


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