To Holiday Card or not to card that is the?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché,

Holiday cards are a pain in the but, lots of time and expense. Are E-cards alone a politically correct viable alternative?



Dear Postal,

I tried that the last two years but the feedback I have received is that it is not the same thing. Many people post their friends’ cards on their trees or make a friend board. You and I, having sent electronic impulses, would have been left out.

So no, in this case the post office is not obsolete. You should probably send the real thing.


Dr. Brilliant Cliché


The Granny Doctor says: that depends on your friends.

If you have green friends, then they will applaud your conservation of paper. But most of the die hard holiday fans will disagree. You see, aside from making arrangements on their mantels, they also like to collect cards in a box and forget about them until they are 60 and going through stuff one rainy day in the attic. Old holiday cards make for warm memories.

No one will ever remember your ecard… unless it also says “Happy Holiday! I mailed you a check for ten thousand dollars!”


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