What’s the best thing about the Holidays?Some like the presents, others live for the family gatherings, and then there are those who spend the holidays looking forward to the cards. How can you not look forward to the time of year when you go to your postal receptacle and find it stuffed with greetings from loved ones, long-lost friends and, of course, mortgage companies? It is the ultimate way to catch up once a year with the community that comprises your life.People send different kinds of cards. At the top of the list are the ones that are homemade. The ones that show that your friends have a little creativity, a little imagination, and they want to make sure that everyone knows it. The most ubiquitous may be the “photo-cards.” These remind everyone of the times, back before digital or even box cameras, when parents and kids all gathered around, dressed to the nines, posing as a happy family in front of the tree or sled or other Christmasy motif. In September.People still do the photo thing, and it is a great way to see how big the kids have grown, or what the new dog looks like. Thankfully, the photos, like most things these days, are a little less formal.The people who write the “this is what we all did this year” letters and put them in their cards deserve extra credit for their efforts. Not only does it save the cost of a long-distance phone call to 100 friends, but writing the letter can be a cathartic and valuable experience. For both the giver and the receiver.And now as we reach the halfway point of the first decade of the new millennium, the trend is toward the e-mail greeting card. There are a number of companies that now put together generic video cards with musical scores and whiz-bang animation that you can personalize. Some may find them better suited for the spam box, but hey, it’s the thought that counts.And speaking of that, you will inevitably get a few stragglers sending you cards that will arrive, oh say, in late January. Consider these to be from folks who are just too busy to get them in the mail at the close of the year. Columnists, for example, have that problem. But the intent was good, nonetheless, so take pity on the poor slackers who didn’t get to the post office before Christmas. To repeat, it’s the thought that counts.And then there are those who use the media to address all they know and love. So here’s wishing all of you the happiest of holidays and, of course, a Pollyanna New Year.
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