I’m one of those rare throwbacks to another era. A time when people sent letters and cards through the postal service. Although I love technology, and social media is a favorite of mine, I prefer to send special greetings by mail.
To do this, one must buy cards and stationary. I keep a stock of greeting cards at the ready for any occasion. I do need to find a new blank thank you card that makes me happy. Lately I’ve been using blank paper to send those. I also have a large supply of thank you stickers left over from my teaching days. They work nicely to seal the envelope.
Another component that I keep on hand is postage stamps. I usually buy the generic flag stamp as that’s what offered at the grocery store where I can get stamps along with my cereals and produce.
This week I had a stack of Easter cards to mail and really wanted a more “spring-like” stamp for those envelopes. I stopped at a post office, figuring they would have a lovely assortment. They still had Valentine stamps, you know, hearts and love. Not what I had in mind. Then the clerk pulled out these beautiful, very large, Oscar de la Renta designs. Gorgeous colors. Even Mr.
de la Renta was a stamp.
The stamps looked beautiful on my envelopes. I don’t know if the recipients even noticed, or cared, but I was happy.
I think we’ve had this discussion in years past…do you still send and receive the old-fashioned type of paper Christmas cards?
So many people now just put a greeting on Facebook and count that as their Christmas card. I don’t do that, but I send very few old-fashioned cards, either. A few have arrived in the mail, even a Christmas letter from some friends whose children are all grown but who are still included in the letter. I never did do Christmas letters as my life was never that interesting.
I just read an article that says older people, like me, send fewer cards now, and the younger 30s and 40s are sending the cards as they see that as their duty to continue the tradition. We baby boomers feel that we did that when we were younger (and yes, I did) and see little to no point in doing it now.
This morning I sat and wrote about 10 cards to friends who I wanted to thank for making the year special and to a few who I knew would just like to receive a card. I will see many of my dear friends (like those Ladies Who Lunch) around the holidays and will extend my greetings and warm thoughts to them in person.