Do you still send "old fashioned" greeting cards?

Philippines
July 30, 2008 11:54pm CST
My officemate takes the time to buy cards from the bookstore - birthday cards, Christmas cards - and addresses them to her friends with a special note. She sends the cards thru snail mail. I think its so sweet of her to take the time, and I guess it must be really nice to receive greetings the old fashioned way. Almost everyone else I know sends their greetings thru text message or email. What about you? Do you still send or receive greeting cards from family and friends thru snail mail? Would you rather receive greetings thru email (i.e. faster), or thru snail mail (i.e. slower and old fashioned)?
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• United States
31 Jul 08
E-mail seems impersonal, so I do still buy greeting cards. The personal notes I write on them are more meaningful to me and the recipient than e-mail could convey. When I forget, or when I find out at the last minute, e-mail is a lot better than nothing. There's something in the e-mail system at work that tells us whose birthday it is each day, and most of those are merely nodding acquaintances, so they get e-mails. I keep a small supply of birthday, anniversary and get-well cards in my desk, though, just in case.
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• Philippines
1 Aug 08
Now there's a good tip, thank you for sharing it with us all. I am going to try that myself. There are so many times when you are too busy to notice the days and then PING! a reminder goes off that it is a dear friend's birthday - leaving me no choice but an email or a text message. Happy mylotting and take care.
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• United States
1 Aug 08
I get totally lost if I'm not really organized, because I have a terribble memory!
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• Philippines
1 Aug 08
That's a comfort. At least I'm not alone :)
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
14 Aug 08
i send alot od cards. why do u call them old fashioned? i love getting them also & had alot rather get them in my mailbox than any other way. some things never go out of style in my opinion. i have alot of older friends that were my customers when i was able to still work. i think anyone appreciates someone thinking about them. i know i certainly do.
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
Thank you. I see you feel strongly about greeting cards. I have a friend on the internet (never met her) who sends me electronic cards on my birthdays and during Christmas. But one time I received a Christmas card from her over snail mail, a real, live Christmas card. And I realized what a difference it can make. Its as if it made that friend really "real" to hold that tangible thing from her. I don't know if I'm making myself clear, but greeting cards thru snail mail have a different effect, much more "real" than those sent thru the internet.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
14 Aug 08
i do, just feel they are much more personal. think bout when someone sends u a card, they have made the trip to get it, picked it out just for you. i just think they are nicer not that i don't like to get e-cards to. thanks for your response. greetings from tennessee.
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
Thank you too, for your response as well as your greetings. I feel that people I interact with in Mylot are very real because they express their opinions so clearly and some with quite a lot of passion. Now this may be sent thru email, but its no less real. Greetings and take care.
@phatelara (243)
• Malaysia
31 Jul 08
Yes, I send greeting cards by snail mail and by hand too! :):) I love snail mails. I love making my own greeting cards, they're more special and precious than store-bought cards. Handmade cards can be cheaper too. :)
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I agree. I like to make cards, but I almost never send them because my artwork isn't that good. Still, I love handmade cards. And it gives a very personal touch to your greeting. Happy mylotting!
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• Malaysia
31 Jul 08
Don't worry about how good your handmade cards look. After all, it's the thought that counts! Happy MyLotting to you too.
• Philippines
1 Aug 08
Sounds good :) Thanks. Happy mylotting
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Yes I do still send out birthday cards and Christmas cards. There is something very personal about sending them out that e-mail will never replace. It is tangible, was chosen by you, touched by you, written on personally by you and mailed with care by you. I keep the cards that are sent to me too. I am very sentimental. [b][i] Have a great day and happy myLotting![/i][/b]
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
We're the same. I could go on and on about the things I keep because of their sentimental value. My husband scolds me about it, but I just can't bring myself to throw away mementoes that remind me of special people, special times, etc. Take care.
• Malaysia
2 Aug 08
i do send birthday card and christmas cards thru snail mail to my bestest friends. other people it's usually via text messages or IMs hehe!
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
That's understandable, especially when you are so busy. Happy mylotting.
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@howard96h (11658)
• New York, New York
31 Jul 08
I will send a greeting card to someone who does not have access to the internet or a computer. A lot of old timers do not have computers so sending a card the old fashioned way is the way to go.
• Philippines
1 Aug 08
That's nice of you. Most people here just send a text message thru their mobile phones since almost everybody already has one. But I agree, its still good to send and receive a greeting card thru the mail. Happy mylotting
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• United States
31 Jul 08
I love to send greeting cards by mail from time to time. I send them to my parents all the time, along with a few of my relatives that I was really close with in Michigan before I moved here to Florida. I think an internet greeting card or a text is nice as well, but I think actually taking the time to pick out a card, write a little message in it, address it, and take it to the post office truly shows how thoughtful you can be, and if it's a thank you card how much you appreciate what they did for you. Since I've moved down here I know I've sent my fair share of thank you cards to my parents when I've come across money troubles and they've helped me out or just plain how are you doing cards because I missed them. I always get a call from either my Mom or Dad, depending on who got the mail that day, the minute they get the card. It always brings a smile to my face knowing a made their day a little bit. :o) Oh and who doesn't like to receive snail mail either? I know I love it!
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
What a darling daughter you are! I keep constant touch with my parents thru calls and text, but I'm sure they'd love to get a card every now and then. I should take a tip from you. In this electronic day and age, sending cards thru snail mail does have a personal touch, doesn't it? And yes, I sure love receiving cards and letters thru snail mail. Happy mylotting.
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