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03 December 2008 @ 01:31 pm
What the hell is the point of Christmas cards?
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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??