Candice: I celebrated a Birthday recently. Not a momentous one, just an average, run of the mill birthday. But hey, it happens at the same time every year and still people manage to forget it.
But I think these days its become so acceptable just to message people on Facebook they think its OK not to bother sending a card.
Now, the other half and I, we like sending cards. It’s the picking and writing that makes the difference, as well as having a nice collection of them on the mantle piece to say – hey wasn’t that a funny one, or thats a cute cat, something else than just a ping on the web.
Sometimes it goes too far the other way and you have social media and text going mad, and I never know whether the etiquette is to reply to each one or a blanket note will do?
However, the other joy of cards is often the messages inside. Most of just write ‘Happy Birthday’ and sign. But some go the extra mile and add a personal message that can make the difference. It just as good to get an off the shelf card with a personal message inside as it is to get a quirky card.
I think, as we don’t write as much or post as many things we have lost the art of putting together a good card. Some times Christmas and birthdays are the only times I communicate with people so it seems a lost opportunity not to add in a note.
So next time you think a Facebook message will do, think again, as that personal touch will often give someone a smile that a poke won’t.