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The Great Christmas Card Debate

Updated on January 12, 2012


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?

Miss Manners' Basic Training: Communication
Miss Manners' Basic Training: Communication

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.



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?


Hand-written is awfully nice ... but actually getting them sent

is even nicer!


How do YOU feel when YOU receive a Christmas or greeting card?

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    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image

      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Fun lens here! Thanks for sharing :) Blessed by a squid angel.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

      I just stopped by to wish you, and those who surround you with love, a very merry holiday season. Many blessings in the New Year.


    • LisaDH profile image

      LisaDH 8 years ago

      I like anything that includes more than a plain card with a signature. Electronic cards with a personal note? Great! Printed newsletters with the yearly recap? Great! Personalized photo cards? Great! But why bother spending money to send a stock picture of Santa or a snowman or a tree with just a signature? I want *something* personal.

    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Great Lens. I do like the going green and saving money by sending eCards.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      When's Presidents' Day? (Since I don't know does that mean I still have plenty of time to send out my cards from last year?)

      Sorry, Carma -- I couldn't participate in your poll because I fall in the middle. I don't mind a newsletter format but I do like it if you've managed to add a personal note. That's what I try to do!


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      greenerme 9 years ago

      Great topic for a lens! Great work!

    • Cyrano Smith profile image

      Cyrano Smith 9 years ago

      Thanks for bringing up the debate. I got a little worked up on this topic! 5 stars, and I am anxious to see how things change on this topic in the next few years!


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      JLenney LM 9 years ago

      Hey cool lense, thanks for stopping by mine, good stuff here on yours as well.