Though we all love the conveniences of the modern, digital world, sometimes nothing beats taking a classic, old-school approach to things. Traditions have stood the test of time for a reason, and there’s just something about doing things the old-fashioned way that provides a different type of satisfaction.
Mailing a personalized holiday card — or, better yet, receiving one — is one of the best examples. It’s hard to say why, but getting something in the mail from friends and loved ones can bring a smile to anyone’s face in a way that no email, text message, or even a phone call can replicate.
It likely comes down to the classic saying, “it’s the thought that counts,” even if it’s just a small gesture. Still, everyone can appreciate the thought and effort of someone taking the time to buy a holiday card, write a heartfelt message, place a stamp on the envelope, and actually mail it out.
If you want to create this feeling for someone special, all you need to do is find the right reason. In need of a little inspiration? Here are three of the best reasons to send a holiday card.
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1. ’Tis the Season to Spread Joy
No matter how digital the world gets, Christmas cards are never going away. They just hit differently and are a tradition like no other. In fact, many would agree they’re right up there with holiday music, sugar cookies, and ugly sweaters when it comes to spreading some simple joy. Plus, receiving one just makes you want to smile. While any type can get the job done, nothing beats a holiday photo card with the whole family grinning from ear to ear. The only thing better is staging a fun photoshoot — and including your pets! — when you set out to give the gift of joy this holiday season.
2. You Have Some Great News
The photo on the outside of any greeting card definitely shines through and looks great on the mantle. Oftentimes, though, it’s what’s inside that hits you square in the heart. In that vein, take the time to update your loved ones on any major life events and/or milestones, leading with any big news about babies, relationships, career changes, or life accomplishments. Not only will they be eager to hear what’s going on in your life, but it can also be a fun exercise for you, too, in terms of recalling all the important moments of the past year.
3. Gift Giving with a Little Something Extra
We get it — some people are just hard to shop for, which is one of the reasons why gift cards have become so popular over the years. If you don’t know what to get someone — and prefer not to give cash — you could always put $50 on an Amazon gift card and call it a day. Of course, you need something to put it in. Voilà! Time for a greeting card. Indeed, it makes the gift feel a bit weightier and, in even more basic terms, helps hold everything together. This way, hopefully, your present will be appreciated, rather than lost or forgotten like billions of dollars in gift cards that go to waste every year.
Why You Need to Keep Sending Holiday Cards
Social media and smartphones have taken over the world, but you don’t have to sit back and watch as everything from the old world disappears. Instead, be part of the good fight.
Continue buying physical holiday cards to spread joy with photo cards, share your best news of the year, or just add a little something extra to your retail gift card.
We should all do our part to hold on to our favorite traditions. So, let’s keep holiday cards alive in our hearts — and our mailboxes.