The problem is those cards that have a photo, a printed message, and an address label on the envelope. Mass-produced in the home. Not a bit of it is handwritten. I get more personal cards from my mortgage company.
What I want to see is old-fashioned cards with a pre-printed message inside and a handwritten line underneath. Here's some samples to give you the idea. (Olde Tyme illustrations courtesy of Old Christmas from the Sketch Book of Washington Irving and Gutenberg.)
|Sing a song of Xmas cheer|
The birth of Jesus drawing near
Hi Joe happy holidays to you hope you and the kids are ok have you find work???? ha ha ha love Geri & pete
|Snow on the churchyard|
Everyone is dead
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVEN THOUGH YOU VOTED TRUMP YOU BASTARD
|Standing 'neath the mistletoe|
To get kissed (if you please)
I hope it's someone that you know
Don't catch a dread disease
Dear Barb: Saw this card and thought of you and that guy at
Jimmy's party, Christmas '97. I still have the pictures to prove it.
Merry Christmas, Jill
|Christmas is a time of joy|
For every little girl and boy
It's a time of recreation
Depending on denomination
Hey, Cuz! Me & Suze & Jimmy & Teddy & Perry & Joey & Howie & Gaston & Andy & Little Alice are planning to come to town without warning at some indeterminate time in the future and would love to stay with you! Call you when we're three miles outside city limits!
On second thought, maybe the mass-produced cards aren't so bad after all.