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?