Thursday, December 2, 2010

Is the Christmas Letter Obsolete?

Every year I write a Christmas letter.
I write it to keep a record of what happened in our year, how the kids have grown, what we've been up to.
I write it to share about my family with loved ones who we don't communicate with on a regular basis.
But this year, I'm wondering if my Christmas letter has become obsolete.

I'm a blogger now.
I practically write about and post pictures of the highs and lows of our lives daily.

On a general level, social media like Facebook and Twitter has made the world a smaller place. We are able to keep in touch and stay updated with family and friends all year long. I already know that my niece's baby is crawling, that my cousin is about to have a baby, that my friend started a new business. And everyone certainly knows more than they could possibly want to about me.

But while I consider not writing my letter this year, I picture my aunt in her house with the stack of two dollar bills that she sends in every family member's birthday card. I don't believe she reads my blog and has certainly not friended me on Facebook yet. But, whenever I see her, she always remembers to thank me for my Christmas card.

I also mourn the loss of what is tangible, what is written on paper. There is something about holding a letter in your hand—even if it isn't hand written and is sent as a mass letter.


So, I don't know. My cards are ordered and will arrive in a few days. Will I write the letter? I'm not sure yet.

What do you think? Is the Christmas letter obsolete?


12 comments:

Foursons said...

I'd write it. Sometimes it is about tradition, not practicality. Did I spell that right?

all things new said...

i think it depends how much of your christmas card list reads your blog. for me, i think most of ours doesn't. i'm also trying to make mine a bit more creative (not the traditional 'letter' format) and have info that i haven't shared on the blog so it's still fun to read for our readers. i don't know...let me know what you think when you get it! :)

PBKISSES said...

I am foregoing my mailed letter this year, but just to simplify things. I have always written a "family letter" that I do not mail out. I keep it in our Christmas journal, for only our immediate family to read. It's mainly to record our year,and for the kids to be able to look back on someday. I can write about things that I might not want to write about in a mailed newsletter. And I can brag on my babies all I want without turning anyone off-HA! I'm like you, I love the tradition of pen and paper letters.

Kendra said...

No way. I still, and you too, probably, have relatives/friends who haven't jumped on the blogging or social network bandwagon that would still love to know about the family. Besides, you are a writer now, you HAVE to do all you can to keep the written word alive! ;-)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Go for it! We don't write one because I have my blog. You could always put a link to your blog so people could catch up with your life. That's an idea. Wish I would have thought of that!

Nolie said...

Because you love it and do not view it as a chore I think you should do it. There are the family members who do love receiving them and probably look forward to them.

MamaMonki said...

I think I'm going to try my hand at a Christmas letter this year. Sadly since my dad died I feel like my family doesn't keep up with each other as well. Makes me heartsore.

2 Moms of a Feather...Stick Together said...

I would least send Cards to people who don't do email or much internet or don't even have internet.
Christmas letters are lot of work...I always want to send a family picture with mine.
Besides...what would you do with the cards that you ordered? ;-)
Go for it!
Take care,
Nancy

Transparent Mama said...

Okay.. sounds like I'm writing one girls!

Brigetta's Mom said...

I look for my Christmas card and letter in the mailbox everyday! Still waiting...love you, Mom

Farmers Wifey said...

I need to write a xmas letter, but I literally don't have time...sad isn't it..

GlowinGirl said...

You know, I decided not to write my letter this year since I started blogging. However . . . maybe next year I will do it and send it to those friends and family that just aren't Internet people. There's something so nice about that which you can hold in your hands . . .