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03 December 2008 @ 01:31 pm
What the hell is the point of Christmas cards?
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Aarona_pawson on December 3rd, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I don't really know. I used to work with a couple of folk from the Czech Republic and they were baffled by our requirement to send cards to everyone you know.

Over there they apparently only send cards to people they are not going to see over the festive period as a way of sending a message to people. This makes a lot more sense to me than what we do.
Benbenicek on December 3rd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yea, but the Czechs are weird too because they send Easter cards.
Benbenicek on December 3rd, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
That's how I use my Christmas cards; to send mini letters to people I haven't communicated with for ages.
Fairygothmum: Chickfairygothmum on December 3rd, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
To let people you don't speak to for the rest of the year know that you aren't dead. ;)

I don't see the point in them.
✞The Rose Rocket Launcher: ...You're embarassing me...puddinchan on December 3rd, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
...It's a... nice sentiment...? You got me there, mate.
Perfidious Albionmatttt on December 3rd, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
To stop Royal Mail from going bankrupt.
Jackjaquez on December 3rd, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Obviously the point is that it's so f/cking cold and dark and shit we simply have to do something that makes us feel like there's a point to life.
zephret on December 4th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
I love how this comment sums up pretty much all of everyone I know in London <3
tyrell on December 3rd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
It was a Victorian thing.
We have email now.
Jackjaquez on December 4th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
lol @ this comment.
freetraveller15freetraveller15 on December 3rd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hi all, I live in London but I'm originally Italian.
Italy is much more of a "verbal" culture than England. Verbal communication is preferred over the written one, in informal situations, I mean.
At work it's completely different.

When I lived in Italy we only exchanged Xmas cards with people living abroad or in another Italian city, but with people living in your town or who you can see almost every day, there is not this need to send written cards, not even for birthdays.
You just wish them well in person or by phone.

I think in England there are more "unwritten" rules on how to behave socially, including sending written notes/wishes for special occasions.
I'm always amazed at the mind-boggling choice of greeting cards in the UK. I've never seen such a choice in any country, except maybe the US. By choice I mean the pre-written cards offered on sale for any occasions. It's like they want to cater also for those people who don't know what to write themselves on a card.
It's ok to have "birthday" cards, but is it really necessary to have "grandma birthday", "brother birthday", "belated birthday"...? Can't you just customise a generic birthday card with the words you need for the particular person you're addressing it to??

fiat_knoxfiat_knox on December 3rd, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
The point?
None whatsoever. Nothing about Christmas is at all mandatory.

But it's up to everyone, as an individual, to decide what is and isn't important about the season - or whether or not we individually wish to celebrate it at all.

Myself, I think the whole business of sending Christmas cards is irrelevant. Everyone I know is online or on the phone, so it's texts, emails and LJ blog posts all around. That works for me. Go for whatever works for you.
Blue_Cat: Winterfestblue_cat on December 3rd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
We gave up on them about 4 years ago. Now people get an e-mail from us saying 'Happy Christmas/Joyous Yuleties/Fun Holiday Season of choice ~ Rather than by a card & stamp we have spent the money buying an Oxfam Goat/toilet/teachers kit/condoms for someone who needs them.'

Cards are for those that don't have e-mail, and even then it might be a printout of the above, with nice photo taken by one of us.
Sarahmorganmuffle on December 3rd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
A way of keeping in touch with people you don't see very often (it's the one time of year it's okay to send a card without having to explain you're sorry you haven't been in touch)

Plus they're really fun to received and they make great decorations, the house looks Chrsitmassy as soon as you have a few up!

Mostly they make me smile and if they don't for other people then that's fine.
El Estuche: Ringo 菅笠czarny on December 3rd, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I just like an excuse to give people presents and cards :D
pbristow on December 3rd, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
They give your mum something too make you feel guilty about not having done.
Inigo: Life - Bad Elfinigo on December 4th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
It keeps an industry in business.
zephret on December 4th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Baby Jesus demands it.
martyn_dormermartyn_dormer on December 5th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I can think of many things in life that have no real point but they still contribute in some small way to the sum of human happiness. To the sum of my happiness, anyway...