How do you convey your greetings on the occasion of New Year?

@dpk262006 (56480)
Delhi, India
December 28, 2009 8:08am CST
Hi friends! New Year 2010 is approaching fast and as we all know that it is customary to send greetings to each other. I was curious to know in the age of Internet and mobile, which method do you adopt to convey your New Year greetings to your near and dear ones. Do you rely on sending e-cards, mails, paper greeting cards, sending text messages (SMSs), making a call or extending the greetings in person (if feasible). I think many of us send text messages to convey our greetings and I am no exception to it. Earlier, when Internet was not so extensively used, I would send paper greeting cards to all my friends/relatives and would buy it a week before and would post the same in advance so that they could receive in time. I also would receive lots of greeting cards, however, with changing technology the joy and warmth of sending/receiving greeting cards has lost somewhere. The personal touch goes missing in e-cards or text messaging, as one would feel in a paper greeting card, which was written with one's own hand-writing. Your views please. Thanks a lot in advance. I wish A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my friends and other mylotters here.
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
hello deepak! how are you my friend? hope you are always well! i think, sending greeting cards with our handwriting in there will always be the best & sweetest of all...like me, i am a person who loves receiving cards or even letters from my friends & loved ones...but too bad, that my friends are not the type who sends greeting cards! hehe and so i don't send them also...but i do write a letter to my husband to greet him! haha but of course i also greet him personally! to my other friends & relatives, i guess i will just send them text messages since its the most convenient for all of us and this is the available means for them since they are not into using the internet...but with my parents, i will call them so that we can hear greeting each other and it will give us a feeling of being near even how far we are from each other... with any means of greetings, what is more important is that we were able to greet them and its always the thought that counts! happy new year in advance my friend deepak!
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
ooops by the way, to those friends that are just near me...i greet them personally with a kiss on their cheeks! (with female friends) and a handshake with my male friends!
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@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi ck! I am doing fine. How are you. It appears that you were busy in the festivity. It is always great to send hand written greeting cards and letters, they are full of personal touch and love. Your husband must be the luckiest fellow on this earth, as you still write him letter, when he is supposedly away. Sending SMSs and talking on phone are the convenient methods to extend our greetings. Many thanks for responding and your new year wishes. Deepak
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@ckyera (17261)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
hello! well, i've been quite busy last week coz its our scheduled vacation and so very seldom do i get on line, but now, vacation is over and so i have lots of time again to be here...hehe yes you are right...that its more personal and it can show more love...well, i really do write to my husband even if we are always together! haha i can easily express my feelings on writings...
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• India
29 Dec 09
Oh c’mon Deepak, don’t cry over the past and whine about how golden it was…be thankful that even in today’s fast paced world when no relations can be taken for granted, you at least have friends who remember you on special occasions and send you cards, even if they are the online ones. Personally I prefer online cards these days coz of the convenient factor. For one, I get so many varieties and of every themes and don’t have to hop from shop to shop, secondly the cards have beautiful illustrations and messages and some even come with music which’s all the more great. Thirdly, they are fast and you get to know instantly if the other person has received your card and last but not the least, they are free LOL However, I completely dislike SMS wishes.
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@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Sudipta! Nice to see you and it is even better to read your considered comments. I am not whinning over the past, I know it has gone, however, I can still recall those past sweet memories, is not it? Yes, I am indeed thankful that in today's fast paced world, we have all the modern technology to extend our greetings at a faster speed and at a lesser cost. I value greetings from my on-line friends, as much as in real life, there is no doubt about it. I feel happy if my on-line friends send me greetings. I can understand your reasons for sending e-cards and you wish to use this facility extensively. Any special reasons for disliking SMS? Wish all of you a very Happy New Year! Deepak
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• India
31 Dec 09
I think SMS are too perfunctory, no emotions in them. At least if you are selecting an online card, you still go thru the options, read the messages, write something good with your own thoughts and then send...so it kind of becomes personalized and requires some effort on your part and that to me matters a lot. You know how I dislike any kind of show-offs...if you dont really care whether my new year goes well or not, then dont bother to send me any wishes....I'm perfectly OK with that...but dont send me any SMS wishes just as a part of 100 other people only because you need to or that is in fashion. BTW winter is on Kolkata with a vengeance this year and I'm freezing though I think in Delhi it would be like staying in the Poles LOL...how's everybody in this cold?
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@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
31 Dec 09
Hi Sudipta! First of all thanks so much for keeping your promise and going through my comments. I will have to but agree that SMS are mechanical and one cannot infuse any emotion in it. E-cards are of course better and their is variety to choose from and you can always write few good sentences to spice it up and send your warmth and emotions to the other fellow. I endorse you on this point that if you personalize your e-card, the other one can judge your intensity of sending it. However, sometimes, when no other option is there to contact the other fellow (in case you do not have her/his e-mail ID or something like that) then SMS could serve the purpose. We are also freezing like you in Delhi in the bitter and chilly weather, temperature plummeting to 5 degree Celsius. [i](Subah rajai/kambal se nikalney ki bilkul dil nahi karta, par kya kareen office jana hota hai.........lol!) Deepak[/i] I am taking advantage of this post and conveying my wishes to you for a very very happy New Year (and needless to say the wishes are coming straight from the heart
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@neelimaravi (1794)
• India
28 Dec 09
hi deepak,yeah, sometimes i send greetings to my friends and to my relatives also. I wish everybody on their birthday.. i won't forget anybody, i love to wish on that day, i don't know why, they will be very happy for the wishes, and thankyou for your wishes in advance.. just 3 more days to go.. i am eagaly waiting for that day, because, our family will enjoy on 31st night till 2'oclock at night.. we play playing cards, we sing antakshari tambola. like that.. just simple games but nice enjoyment. thankyou for the topic, have a nice day.
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@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Neelima! It is good to know that you would invariably send greetings/wishes on one' birthday and on the occcasions such as New Year. It is great on your part that you do not forget to wish your near and dear ones. They must feel proud of you. HOpe you will enjoy your new Year party. All the best. Deepak PS - I can also expect a greeting (e-greeting) on my Birthday from you, if I tell you my birth date.
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• India
29 Dec 09
hi deepak, sure pls tell me when is your birthday, definitly i will send card for you.
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@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Thanks Neelima, it is many months away.............lol! Pl. check your mail.
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
28 Dec 09
hello dpk, Hello again dear friend...wishing you the best of everything on this coming year!!! Well,when this internet world and mobile phones are not yet used as common communication,i always send my greetings thru cards to all my loved ones and friends. And,mostly,my cards were handmade(made by me) I always give cards and gifts from my own touch. Even now,i still send my greetings thru my own handmade cards,this is for some special people in my life. I am a very sentimental person,i value people(i loved so much)with pride and honor. And,sending my personal touch is like sending myself,to hug and kiss them. HAPPY NEW YEAR ....
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
28 Dec 09
Hi Jai! I am really touched by your response. I feel blessed are the persons (your friends and relatives) who get an opportunity to receive your hand made cards. I must say that it is one of the most wonderful gestures on your part and you must be appreciated for your tenderness and human touch in conveying your greetings. Thanks a lot for sharing your method with us. Deepak
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@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
28 Dec 09
perfect words from my friends in India who receives my handworks. Last July i was able to send some parcels to my friends in Southern part of India(Kerala)and Maharastra. It was all handmade...and their response is same as your words my friend. It is my idea since my adulthood,giving gifts and making cards with my own hands is worth more than a million. The time i spent for making it(cards or gift) means how much important a person is.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Jai! I am falling short of words to appreciate your gestures, it is excellent on your part that you take so much pain to send hand made cards and you give so much importance to your friends. I think whosoever receives your greeting card will feel lukcy on this earth. Full marks to you on your supberb gesture.
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• United States
28 Dec 09
I don't semnd any Happy New Year cards. I just say it to my loved ones. If I were, I would send out a personal email to my family and friends. It is the easiest way.In fact I am going paperless when it comes to greetings thes days. My birthday is in January and I told my family to send me e cards instead of paper cards. It is better for me and them in the long run. I have a place to store them, and they don't have to spend money.Pefect.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Sara! You made a very interesting point that as you have no place to store paper greetng cards, you have requested all of your relatives to send you e-cards for your birthday, well in advance.. I agree with you that e-cards help us exchange greetings without any paper etc. We are getting used to it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Deepak PS - Please do let me know your Birthday (throgh mail/PM) so that I could extend my wishes to you on your Birthday.
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• United States
29 Dec 09
I just reminded my sister a few minutes ago. I am not shy about my birthday. It is January 7th.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
30 Dec 09
Thanks Sara for telling about your B'Day. I have taken note of it.
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@Sreekala (23616)
• India
29 Dec 09
Hi Deepak, I feel guilty to admit that I am no longer sending hand written greeting cards. Earlier I used to send greetings card through post for those people who do not have a computer. Now I prefer to call them and convey my wishes to them directly. If we compare the expenditure for buying cards and sending through post, are very costly and if we call them directly we know the reaction immediately (now the call charges are cheaper). But I agree with your views, by getting a greeting card by post is giving some more happiness. Happy and Prosperous New Year 2010.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Sree! There is no need to feel guilty because we keep changing with the passage of time. In the good olden days, when we did not have net or mobile, we would send the greetings and now the facility is available, we use this facility. It is good that you call them in person to convey your greeting. I agree with you on this point that sending e-cards is less expensive than snail mail. Thanks a lot for responding and extending your wishes. Deepak
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@Sreekala (23616)
• India
29 Dec 09
Thank you very much for the encouraging words. Yesterday I have seen, beautiful cards were displaying in a shop and I really felt to buy then on a second thought I left the same idea. Who is going to visit the post office to purchase the stamp and all those?
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
30 Dec 09
Yes, you are right buying a card, writing on it and then taking the pain to post it appears tedious now a days.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
28 Dec 09
Thanks to internet for making everyone connected by the press of the button. We are only a screen away from each other. I have taken full advantage of the ease of sending my greetings through the net as it is more convenient and fast. And there are wide choices of ecards to choose from the net which save us so much of time going to shop for cards to be send to friends.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Zandi! I loved this one from you "we are only a screen away from each other." I agree that when we are on-line we are just a screen away from each other and Internet brings us closer. Also, sending e-cards is convenient than other modes of extending our wishes. Have a great day! And Happy New Year! Deepak
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@sasalove (1710)
• China
29 Dec 09
I agree. We are just geography distance and our heart is very near. If I received an e-card in the new year full of sincere wishes, I will feel touch as I did not be forgotten by my friends at least.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi sasa! Conveying our greetings in any form either e-card or mail is always makes us happy.
@vandana7 (66908)
• India
29 Dec 09
Well Deepak, here is a new way I plan to wish new year to all my friends. Babyfaces like you, happy drooling and babytalk. :) Grown up girls, Wishing you luck to find exactly what you are looking for. Grown up boys, Wishing you all luck to understand that girls do get scared of lizards and cockroaches, and it is not something extraordinary. Grown up women and men, wishing you happy mylotting, happy earning, happy spending, and happy fun times (I come in this category so I have to be partial). Kidding. Actually, I wish I could be a fairy and fulfil everybody's wishes this year. :) Hope everybody has a peaceful, prosperous, healthy, hopeful and happy 2010.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Vandana! What a way to extend new year's greetings. Do you mean to say that who are with Baby face are supposed to do baby talk and drooling only.. Thanks for wishing me luck.
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@vandana7 (66908)
• India
30 Dec 09
I think babyfaces just do that. And they give lectures or instructions so seriously you almost want to obey them. :) I think I am a slave to babies without teeth, as long as they dont start talking normally. :)
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@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
1 Jan 10
Please do not be slave to babies..........!! However, Baby face sometimes could give useful advice.
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@mayka123 (10756)
• India
30 Dec 09
I liked the time when we sent greeting cards to everyone. It was a pleasure receiving the bunch of greeting cards from the postman everyday. I would use those cards to add to the decoration of Christmas every year. Now that is missed. This Christmas I realized that I do not even have the postal addresses of many of my friends and family because we are so used to communicating by email and mobile everyday that the need of taking the addresses has not come. The advent of SMS and egreetings has made things a bit impersonal but I do try and call up my family on festival days and wish them other than sending them an SMS or egreeting.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
30 Dec 09
Very well said Mayka! The charm of receiving and sending those greetings cards appears over and now we miss those cards. We need to adjust ourselves with changing technology and therefore we have started relying more on e-cards and mobile/SMSs. Have a great day!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
29 Dec 09
Deepak, It's been a while since i have sent out signed new year greeting cards. At the same time i don't text out greetings much on new years day, because it seems to be loosing the personal touch by many who type out a message and then send out to all the friends in thier contact list. To people i meet daily, i wish them personally, to those i'm in touch with on the phone, i call them and to those i correspond by email, i send them an email wishing them.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi alok! It means that you cannot remember, when did you last send your signed greeting card, as now a days the practice of sending greeting cards is getting faded. I agree with you that while sending SMS one loses the personal touch, however, in this fast paced world, I think sending SMS saves us a lot of time. Many thanks for your response.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 Dec 09
We usually send New Year greetings with our Christmas wishes which we do via email or text message these days so come the year’s end we don’t send greetings any more although we wish each person all the best as we come into contact and that is what I’ve been doing here too. I was surprised how many people still posted on Christmas Day so I guess there will be somebody here New Year’s Eve and New Years Day; I will try to drop in if I can manage it. Happy New Year to you and your family Deepak, may 2010 be the best!
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Paula! It means that you do not extend any separate greetings on the occasion of the New Year. You just finish the job in advance on the occasion of Christmas. Yes, you are right, many posted about Christmas and there would be many more threads about New Year (as it happens every year). Many thanks for responding and extending your wishes to us. Deepak
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I usually just say it to the ones who are around me at the time. I do call a few people and tell them also. I hardly ever send a card out for the New Year, I would rather say it myself.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Step! It means that you resort to calling your near and dear ones, whenever possible. Thanks for sharing.
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• Philippines
29 Dec 09
I never in my whole 29 years of existence send an e-cards or greeting cards hahahahaha. I send a message to them early before January 1. I start sending them greetings on December 30 to 31, I know that here in our country a lot of people will be sending their greetings to their loved ones so we all experience traffic of messages. Sometimes when we received the messages, it was cut off. Lessoned learned, I send my greetings earlier. And this is for you since we are not textmate but true friends here in Mylot, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Be safe and enjoy!
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Grecy! It is good to know that you take advance action to convey your greetings and would send text message to your near and dear ones. You are right that on the New Year day' message traffic increases manyfolds and it gets difficult to send across messages. I also sometimes send advanced greetings, to that my friends could receive in time. Thanks a lot for your wishes.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Hi Deepak. I used to have small get-togethers with snack type foods, card games and other games. These days, I prefer calling by phone by nearest and dearest to wish them a happy new year. Happy New Year wishes to you and yours early! Karen
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Karen! It is good to know that you use the services of yoru telephone to convey your greetings on the occasion of New Year. Hope everyone loves to listen to your sweet voice. Thanks for your responses and wishes. Deepak
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@Hatley (164506)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Dec 09
dpk by using the net and mylotof course. I wish you and all mylot friends the most wonderful and Best New Year ever. and I hope each of us has a ,much brighter and better coming year with all who are out of work getting good jobs, and getting back into homes and hearths.I used to use the snail mail but internet is so much quicker and actually less expensive as most of us are on the net anyways so use it to greet all our f riends the world over.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Hatley! Many thanks for your wishes and we reciprocate the same. Yes, you are right that 'net' is far quicker and less expensive than sending snail mail that we have got addicted to it and use it extensively.
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• United States
28 Dec 09
I wish you a Happy New Year too. I guess since most of my friends are on the internet via Facebook, myLot and the ones I have access to their e-mail addresses I will send out electronic greetings. I will call some of my family members on the phone and text the other ones. Unless I see some friends at a party I'll just e-mail them.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Thanks for your wishes git! It is good to know that you are taking full advantage of Inernet and convey your wishes through e-card/email. Hope your friend love receiving your greetings.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
28 Dec 09
I used to send cards in the mail and then I started to send email but these days I get distracted and forget to do anything formal. These days it's fairly easy to text out of town friends via the mobile.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi can! So you are using the text messages more than sending e-cards, text messaging is easier and faster. Thanks for sharing.
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@Emvy548 (387)
• India
28 Dec 09
The age of sending post cards for New year's is indeed over. Now all messages are 'e-messages' or text messages sent over the cellphone. I send text messages to most people I know by cellphone which has a convenient feature of sending one single message to a group and the 'send to many' feature. Of course it attains the tag of being a kind of a mechanized message, most of the messages being recycled greetings that get circulated around - one does't even have to type it since the same messages get circulated around. Wish you too a great New Year!
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Em! Yes you are very right that messages are recycled and forwarded without typing even a single word and sometimes it so happens that if someone has typed his name below the original message, that also gets forwarded to the other persons........lol! It is sad that age of sending Post Card is over now. Thanks for joining us with yout wonderful thoughts.
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@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
28 Dec 09
Earlier, as you told, I used to take an indent from my children and adding my own requirement, I used to buy greeting cards and stamps and ten days in advance I was writing something to give my personal touch and send greetings to all my relatives and dear and near friends. My children were taking their cards and sending it to their friends as family cards will be common. But now people find sms as personal touch as well as easy to send. I am also no exception to this. Very many Happy New Year Dpk.
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Buchi! It is good to know that you would send paper greeting cards in the good olden days in advance to all your near and dear ones. I think the practice is fading and it has been replaced by more convenient method of sending cards through e-mails/e-cards and SMS. Don't you miss those (old) greeting cards..... Deepak
@kiran8 (15354)
• Mangalore, India
28 Dec 09
Hi Deepak, I too miss those good old days when I went shopping for greeting cards for diwali,ugadi and new year. I used go to a particular palce where one could buy hand made greeting cards made by destitutes using recycled paper and natural ingredients.I still have few of those. Slowly the practice is completely stopped.But that is the rule of life....So now we all wish on differnt forums on the net , sens msgs on mobile or call up friends and wish them....HERES WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VEY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
@dpk262006 (56480)
• Delhi, India
29 Dec 09
Hi Kiran! Seen you after a long long time. Hope everything was fine at your end. Many thanks for your wishes. You are right that old practices are changing and we are changing with the advancement of techology. Now hand made/pringted greeting cards have been replaced by e-cards and SMSs. Nonetheless, be sending wishes, we keep remembering our near and dear ones. Have a nice day and Happy New Year to you and your family! Deepak
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