DEAR MS SMARTPHONE: I USED TO WATCH MY MOM SEND OUT CHRISTMAS CARDS EVERY YEAR AND IT WAS VERY TIME CONSUMING. NOW THAT I LIVE ON MY OWN DO YOU THINK I SHOULD CONTINUE THIS TRADITION? EVERYONE IS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND I CONNECT WITH MY FRIENDS THERE. Tracy,Tiburon
Dear Tracy: You mentioned that sending out Christmas Cards was time consuming, but was receiving them fun and did you look forward to getting the holiday mail? I know of families that string Christmas cards along the fireplace mantle and use them as part of the holiday decorations. After Christmas, the local children’s hospital asks people to donate these cards for young patients. You said your friends are on social media, but how about the relatives? People of all ages are reevaluating their Facebook connections this year. Here is an article that provides even more reasons to continue the tradition.