Put the stamp back in Christmas

Throughout the year, making our way to the mailbox usually results in obtaining a few more bills, or junk we aren’t really interested in.
Dec 24, 2013


We’ve all been there and know the feeling.

This time of year is different.

A certain feeling of excitement is within us as we approach our snow-covered mailbox in anticipation of Christmas cards from family or friends near and far. Some even include family photos that allow us to see how their family members have changed over the year. 

It’s fun, it’s festive and it’s personable to know that someone was thinking of you enough to go to the effort and the expense to include you on their Christmas card mailing list.

Unfortunately, digital technology and the continued rise of social networking is changing the way people stay in touch, and is putting the "bah humbug" on this joyful tradition.

Some 1.8 million well-wishers made their way to the mailbox in 2009. That number dropped to 1.5 million in 2010. 

In comparison, Facebook had 728 million active daily users this past September. Undoubtedly, that trend has a significant impact on the way people spread the holiday cheer, and that is unfortunate.

We feel the e-card is an effortless and impersonal way to send your holiday greeting, and is one more way that people are becoming digital robots that desensitize society.

People are busy these days — we get that. But this isn’t a daily occurrence. We’re talking about a once-a-year activity that allows you to reach out to family and friends, and bring a smile to someone’s face. 

We encourage you to put the stamp back in Christmas!

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.




Stamp prices being raised 3 cents next month! Joy!


I am sure that people used to say the same sort of thing when people started moving from hand written letters and notes to greeting cards. We all long for the "one removed" technology of our past. Some day in the future we will probably write an editorial saying "We long for the good old days when people sent social network messages or SMS texts to wish a Merry Christmas instead of the mindless telepathy we are now using."


I still get hand written letters from my aunts every year. It's nice. I myself don't even send cards.


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