Dear Preston: Is Holiday Stationery a Relic of the Past?


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Dear Preston,

A couple of months ago, my favorite bookstore went out of business. And then the holidays came and I noticed the quickly vanishing tradition of sending holiday cards. I did receive dozens of well-meaning e-cards, but, as much as I appreciate the gesture, they feel lazy.

How do you feel about e-cards, Preston? Do you think stationery is going to become a relic of the past?


A Stationery Fan

Dear Stationery Fan,

I’m afraid I have to agree with you. E-cards are the easy way out. Even though I received some very cool and very beautiful e-cards this year, I appreciated even more the few pieces of holiday stationery that came in the mail. I know how much time and effort it takes to select, write and mail real cards, and it means something to me when friends and family take the time to send them.

Call me old school, but there are some traditions I just won’t let go of. And thoughtful stationery and pretty holiday cards are certainly one of those traditions.

However, there is another side to this argument. Even the most beautiful holiday cards are usually tossed after a few weeks of display on the mantel. Are they worth it? E-cards save a lot of trees, and they are MUCH less expensive.

I understand both sides, and I think it’s a personal choice. Besides, it’s the thought that counts!

Dear Readers, what do you think? What kind of holiday greetings did you send friends and family this year? Do you think the stationery business is in danger? What about the renewed interest in letterpress, which I keep seeing everywhere? Please join the conversation in the comments.

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