Friday, December 18, 2009
One More Pain in the Ass: Holiday Cards in the Age of Facebook
***WARNING: THIS POST INVOLVES NO LAW. REPEAT: NO LAW***
And that was back when making a holiday card was easy.
In the age of social networking, of status updates and blog
posts, of tweets and twitters, the holiday card game has changed. These people you hadn’t heard from in decades
now share with you their every trip to the supermarket, their kids’ every
report card, their every episode of lactose intolerance. What do you not know about these people that
you could possibly learn about them from a holiday card? And what do they not know about you? Let’s face it, this year’s “we’re friends on Facebook”
is last year’s “we trade Christmas cards.”
So, what should you do now?
One possibility, if you happened to think of this early enough, would
have been to purposefully withhold your best picture of the year and most juicy
news tidbits from Facebook to save for the holiday card. Imagine the surprise of your 312 friends (you
are going to send each Facebook friend a card, aren’t you?) when they realize,
after following your every move for the past 365 days, that your wife actually
gave birth to twins back in July! If you
have the willpower to do this, then mazel tov to you—Facebook has actually made
your holiday cards more of a thrill than they used to be.
The rest of you, though—those who lack the willpower to
purposely withhold your spouse’s death from your closest friends to ensure a
big surprise come holiday season—will have to come up with something else. If you’re not going to add some value to the
picture and the news blurbs, then what’s the point? You might as well save your money and your finger
blood and forget about it. Just make
“Consider my year’s worth of status updates your holiday card this year” your
status update for a week around Christmas, and call it a day. Nobody will mind, and maybe you’ll also save
a tree while you’re at it, which is all the rage these days anyway. (perhaps mention that in your next status
But say that you don’t want to give up on holiday cards
quite yet. You’re a real sticker for
tradition, you are. Then what? If you’re artistic, maybe draw a funny
picture of a snowman or something. If
not, perhaps consider sharing a piece of information that you would feel queasy
about sharing on Facebook or Twitter.
For example, if you own a home, mention how much you paid for it, as
well as its current value. Sure, your
friends could figure this out for themselves with Zillow, but who has time with
all the cookie baking and tree decorating and twittering about cookie baking
and tree decorating that has to be done during the holiday season? Plus, everyone loves to hear about people
losing money in the real estate market.
Why should your friends be any different?
Alternatively, on the back of your card, draw one of those
maze puzzles that children love to play—you know, the ones where you have to
help the pirate find his way through all the swirly lines and wrong turns and
dead ends to get to his treasure? Imagine
how much fun you’ll be providing for the more dim friends on your holiday card
list! Plus, if you’re feeling particularly
Grinchy, you could make a really complicated maze with lots of twists and turns
but all dead ends and no way to get to the treasure. If you’re lucky, maybe some of your friends
will get so pissed off at you about the trick maze that they’ll cross you off
their holiday card list for next year.
Do it enough years in a row, and before long you won’t have to send any
holiday cards to anyone.
With the internet, who needs them anyway?
(previously posted on Holy Hullabaloos)
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Jay, great read at this time of year! Enjoyed it and laughed out loud.
Posted by: anon | Dec 18, 2009 11:47:32 AM
Great post. But what's the legal hook?
Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Dec 18, 2009 12:18:02 PM
Have you checked out Send Out cards, yet? They may be just the answer to your obvious stress over sending holiday cards. I love the ease of use and a postcard or card can be customized with your own pictures, artwork and words.
Feel free to check it out and grab a card on me. www.SendOutcards.com/heidi. Go ahead! It's free
And happy holidays,
Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher
WE Magazine for Women
Posted by: Heidi Richards Mooney | Dec 19, 2009 12:44:13 AM
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Posted by: Karen | Dec 19, 2009 1:33:18 AM
a good text. very good share
Posted by: css | Feb 2, 2010 3:51:46 AM
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