With the numbers of websites offering free e-greetings, why would anyone buy a printed card, use a postage stamp that keeps going up in price, and then “snail” mail the good wishes?
Although I often send an e-greeting for instant recognition of a happy event, I still enjoy shopping for that perfect card and sending out my good wishes with my personal handwriting embellishing the card. The tangible, tactile card can be said to be a wasteful use of our natural resources. On the other hand, the card sent through the mail can serve to become a memoir. Especially now, as people who are survivors of the Great Depression slowly die off, sometimes a family’s only souvenir that’s personal is in the form of a saved greeting card. The scrawled personal note, the person’s individual handwriting, and the stamp dated from USPS on the envelope are truly a slice of the past.
So that is the question: Should we continue the tradition of paper greeting cards or should we only send e-greetings. What do you think?