- Holidays and Celebrations
The Great Christmas Card Debate
HAND-ADDRESSED CHRISTMAS GREETINGS vs. GETTING THE DARN THINGS IN THE MAIL
Sure, if I had the time, I would sign each card and write a long, personalized letter, then address the envelope with my personal calligraphy in multi-colored inks. But I'm a homeschool mom of four and time like that just doesn't exist around here! So I settle for getting greetings out in any form, including electronic. And they are always sent at least by President's Day.
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MISS MANNER'S BASIC TRAINING - Communication: In which Miss Manners explains the proper form and choice of technology for messages private, professional, and pu
I think that subtitle just about says it all, don't you?
From Publishers Weekly: In her latest resourceful etiquette manual, Martin, aka Miss Manners, brings shrewd insights and an amazing awareness of contingencies to her coverage of traditional terrain-the dos and don'ts of personal and business letters, telephone calls, get-well messages, rejection letters, condolences, invitations, Christmas cards, adoption and birth announcements. Recognizing that it has always been rude to press unwelcome intimacy, to misrepresent oneself, to bore people, to monopolize others' time, she extrapolates these principles to office e-mail, answering machines, conference calls via speakerphone, fax machines, beepers, cyberspace, computer bulletin boards. She has her pet peeves - printed greeting cards and "cute" writing papers - as well as her taboos (never fax a thank-you note to a human resources manager after a job interview). Readers will find a wealth of good advice delivered with wit, class and civility. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
YOUR TURN! IS MISS MANNERS' WAY THE ONLY WAY?
How old-fashioned are you? Do you sign each card by hand with a personalized note, and address each one with love and calligraphy? Or do you go for preprinted signatures and address stickers ... or bypass the whole thing with electronic greetings?
Miss Manners believes hand-addressed missives are de rigueur for meaningful greetings.
HERE'S MY VOTE
Hand-written is awfully nice ... but actually getting them sent
is even nicer!