Christmas Cards Carol “Good Bye.”

Is the Time-Old Tradition Coming to an End?



A display of Christmas Cards at Meijer.

Brenna Filbey, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Features Editor

Christmas Cards used to be EVERYWHERE in the mail. I remember my mom making a festive archway in my house, but lately, Christmas Cards have been scarce. Why?

  Back in the day, the Christmas Card was used to send “well-wishes” and “good-tidings” to loved ones, who perhaps lived far away. But now, in the technology-filled twenty-first century, all someone has to do is send a simple text or press a button to call. The need for christmas cards has decreased dramatically.

   However, according to St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School in the U.K., “Over 2 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. each year. Around 500 million e-cards are sent each year.”

   500 million e-cards is a lot, especially when someone could just run to the store and get a traditional card. Also, notice WHO is sending the 2 billion Christmas cards. While according to research, the Millennials are keeping the Greeting Card industry alive, it’s mostly the group considered “Senior Citizens” that still ALWAYS send a Christmas card. Hopefully, younger generations realize the importance of this practice, and help support this tradition.

   The complications of sending these holiday cards that hold seasonal joy include manners, cost, time,and the possible mess of coordinating a family picture. However, overlook that and one can see the benefits: many people write letters describing their year to their loved ones, are able to customize these greetings, and send joy through this simple greeting card. 

   Christmas is a very busy time, but the Christmas card allows one to slow down and acknowledge those whom they love.