have you mailed those cards yet?

December 14, 2009 at 10:48 am 7 comments

the holiday cards are starting to come in. every time i open one, i feel this sense of guilt. it reminds me that i haven’t sent mine yet and time is running out. it’s another activity that contributes to the holiday stress.

actually, i thought of doing away with the tradition of exchanging cards this year. my reasoning goes like this: what’s the point when they are rarely kept by the recipients anyway? most of them go to the recycle bin after the holiday season is over. but something deep inside me is telling me that i can’t.

sending cards reconnects us with our long-distance families and friends. in a way, every card that we mail validates our existence on this planet. it reminds us of the places where we have been and the ties that we have established. it keeps the memories alive. this is especially true for an immigrant like me who left home to seek fortune in another country.

of course, there are other ways to keep in touch. one is to take advantage of the power of the internet. we can save postage stamps and save trees by sending our greetings online. i don’t know about you, but i still prefer the old-fashioned way. doesn’t it feel great opening a card with the familiar handwriting on it?

one of the christmas cards that i received this year came from my english teacher. she’s a nun and a member of the franciscan order. it was probably in response to the anniversary card i sent her recently.

“whenever i review your message on my 50th year in god’s love and service,” she wrote, “i’m very proud to have become a part of your life. keep up the good record, sonny boy! always praying for you!”

reading her note, i felt misty-eyed. she was my favorite teacher. it was truly a hallmark moment.

according to the news, the usps expects today, december 14, to be the busiest day of the year. on this day, more than 839 million cards and letters are expected to be mailed. it represents almost twice the average daily volume of 583 million. i’d say there are many procrastinators among us. and i’m one of them.


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  • 1. AC  |  December 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    if i may share, my first job could have been into card-writing/designing. at hallmark. probably i didn’t grab the opportunity because of the technology, that old fashioned way might vanish soon. but i think sending greeting cards the traditional way is a lot more meaningful and touching. πŸ™‚ now i’m into the world of information technology.. labo ng konek noh. hehe

    this reminds me that i need to buy greeting cards pa pala. hahaha. thanks. πŸ™‚

    • 2. plaridel  |  December 15, 2009 at 1:50 pm


      i didn’t realize that hallmark hires writers in manila. i thought everything creative is done at their home office in virginia. anyway, i’m not a bit surprised that the company would hire you. you write well.

      • 3. AC  |  December 15, 2009 at 10:02 pm

        Naks. Thanks. πŸ™‚

        They have office here in Pasig.. even the prod is there. I think that was 4-5 years ago pa. πŸ™‚ I think the reason why they do creatives here is for the cards to suit Pinoy’s taste/culture/customs.. etc etc.

        Haaaayyy… di pa pala ko nakakabili ng greeting cards. Patay, malelate na ko sa pagpapadala. Hahaha! πŸ˜†

        • 4. plaridel  |  December 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm


          better late than never. i mailed mine today.

  • 5. coolwaterworks  |  December 14, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    In the past, I guess I am one of those procrastinators. This year though, I’ll be sending my presents a bit late due to a technical problem… Hay… And I have to say, we humans are still very much tactile and we have more appreciation for a more “tactile” form of communication. And I appreciate really the effort of the sender…

    @ AC, oo nga, saan na ang card ko? πŸ™‚

    • 6. plaridel  |  December 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm


      as far as expressing holiday sentiments is concerned, nothing beats the old-fashioned way. it feels more personal. it also keeps the postman employed.

    • 7. AC  |  December 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm

      CWW: hahahaha.. been busy bro. SOON. hihi πŸ˜‰


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