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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?

Miss Manners believes hand-addressed missives are de rigueur for meaningful greetings.

Miss Manners believes hand-addressed missives are de rigueur for meaningful greetings.

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    • squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      I get our signature printed on the card, but hand address the envelopes.

    • RealityTV LM 6 years ago

      Well, when I send them, I do actually sign them by hand.......

    • PizmoBeach LM 6 years ago

      Definitely signed by hand with a personal message.

    • Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I only send hand-signed and hand-addressed greeting cards. But I also only send cards to folks I don't see over the holiday season who I miss and with whom I want to stay in touch.

    • Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Yep. Everyone gets a little news as well as a lottery ticket. I hate to mail an empty card.

    • CoolFoto 7 years ago

      I address cards, sign and usually write a personal message. But, I only do that for 10 people who live out of state.

    • kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Send it in the mail! I guess I'm old-school on this one, but I will never send an electronic Christmas card, and I am really annoyed when I receive one, unless it is followed by a "real" card. I prefer you sign it yourself, too. Calligraphy not required.

      If you can't take 30 seconds out of your life to address a card, is it really worth sending at all?

    Miss Manners can kiss my ... I mean, I think printed or electronic greetings are just fine.

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      • anonymous 7 years ago

        We got snowed in and I can't get my Christmas newsletter published, so I'm emailing it to those whose email I have.

      • HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

        Miss Manner can kiss my.... Also, I am into the going green thing and saving money. There are so many great eCards that are FREE.

      • religions7 8 years ago

        Personally... I've sent my Christmas greetings by e-mail this year. Except those people who sent me a physical card, I sent them a physical card (and yes, handwritten and all) back.

        But, you know, they did invent the PC for a reason.

      • greenerme 8 years ago

        I think we also need to keep in mind that electronic cards are much better for the environment, not only do we save the trees that the cards are printed on, we also save the carbon footprint associated with the printing of the cards, shipping the cards to the store, driving to the store to buy the cards, and the delivering of the cards by the post office.

      • Cyrano Smith 8 years ago

        Next year, I'm asking Miss Manners to hand write all my Christmas cards, since she must have the time to do so. Cyrano at The Twelve Polls of Christmas

      • Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

        I like to get news with the Christmas card whether hand written or mass produced. It's nice to get caught up with those we don't necessarily keep in close touch with.


      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 6 years ago

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

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          Lorelei Cohen 7 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.


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          LisaDH 7 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.

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          HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

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

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 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 8 years ago

          Great topic for a lens! Great work!

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          Cyrano Smith 8 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 8 years ago

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