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maybe 2005.

i am sitting at my desk, taunted by boxes of christmas cards that have remained unopened for yet another year.

gone are the days of letter writing in this e-mail and cell phone driven age. we can send e-cards for any occasion, chat online using our messaging program of choice, call from the store to ask what new release to pick up. but somehow, the simple christmas card lives on. perhaps it is the no-strings-attached aspect of them -- "hi there, i don't have much to say, but i still remember you exist". or perhaps it is the sense of obligation. or maybe we think that sending christmas cards is What Jesus Would Do.

personally, i'd like to think that it's because everyone is just like me. [a comforting-yet-frightening thought.] we desire to stay connected with those people that have come and gone from our daily lives, but we don't have the willpower/ability/unselfishness to do it consistently. december 25th seems a good a time as any to stay in touch, doesn't it? in some cases it's both an excuse for, and a redemption from, our lack of communication.

but more likely than not, the answer is much less cynical than any i will conjure up... namely that people just want to celebrate Christmas and share in that joyous night with those around them. basically i'm just trying to make excuses for not getting around to sending out christmas cards yet again, even though i had every intention that THIS would be the year.

so, to all of you fantastic people that did not receive a cheery greeting in your mailbox from yours truly: please do not be alarmed, offended, or otherwise put off by this non-incident. know that i care about you and probably think about you more often than you may suspect.

merry christmas to you, dear friends.
Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 10:41PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

Merry Christmas, Mdog! Isn't it strange that for as connected as we are...we are so unconnected at times? Never before have we had more ways to stay in touch...and never have we felt so isolated. All of this is to say that I have not done my Christmas Cards either!
Dec 23, 2004 at 10:54PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
I actually made the rebellious decision not to do the card thing, just to defy what I consider a somewhat inane status-quo.

Thanks for putting words to what I have been thinking about for a while now. I have enjoyed an unprecidented amount of letters lately, loved seeing the pictures of friends and their families, but secretly wish that everyone didn't wait until the busiest time of the year to address an envelope to me.

Dec 24, 2004 at 10:19AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
hmm...very interesting. maybe i should shorten my christmas card list. i don't see the harm in sending out christmas cards. i enjoy both sending and receiving christmas cards. i like to take the time to remember people that maybe i don't talk to all the time and maybe brighten someone's day. i take effort in choosing my cards carefully both for design and message, not to mention the cost. maybe i am being too traditional. even me, who has been depressed and struggling a great part of the past year took a little enjoyment through the christmas season, and that included sending out cards and spending time with family. i guess i thank you for your point of view even though it makes me a little bit sad.
Dec 28, 2004 at 12:43AM | Unregistered Commenterjoy
i too didn't get to my Christmas cards this year. usually i revel in writing to others, but starting the new job less than a month ago and my quite depressive emotional state after the year's romantic fiasco caused me to forego such greetings. perhaps i'll make them groundhog's day cards...
Dec 28, 2004 at 10:26PM | Unregistered Commentermaren
i didn't mean to come across as a scrooge. mostly this post was an elaborate excuse as to why i didn't send cards yet again... i really had every intention of doing so! it's a testament of my laziness. and that is indeed sad.
Dec 29, 2004 at 02:46PM | Registered Commentermdog

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