Should you send a Christmas card if you’re single?

A lot of single people are sending out Christmas cards this holiday season. Should they?

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  • Many singles are having a pretty happy holiday so far.

  • And although Christmas and holiday cards are a tradition for families, single people, too, have chosen to embrace the seasonal greeting as a way of keeping in touch with family.

  • Michigan college student Josh Brassow, who has a very large family, including some cousins and long-distance relatives he rarely gets to see, sought out a fake family to take a Christmas card picture with him so that he could keep in contact with those he loves, BuzzFeed News reported.

  • Though the card's creation was mostly out of jest, Brassow used it to stay in touch with relatives he hadn't seen in "five, 10 years," he told BuzzFeed News.

  • Single Twitter users have also been upfront about their forthcoming holiday plans.

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  • But singles aren't always sure if they should send holiday cards, especially when the card's picture only features that one person and are an indication to family that the sender hasn't found marriage or love yet.

  • To calm any possible concerns singles may have about sending holiday cards, The Root's Jenee Desmond-Harris told a reader who mailed in about the issue, holidays cards are fine for all people to send — no matter the marital status.

  • "Do it! Seriously," Desmond-Harris wrote. "Short answer: It's your life and your time (and money) spent on VistaPrint. It doesn't harm anyone. My guess is that the people who have a problem with this are likely the same ones who become so deeply angered and traumatized by seeing holiday decorations more than six weeks before Christmas that they're forced to go on Facebook to post a rant about how hard life is."

  • This fits into a larger discussion about how sending Christmas cards has declined throughout the United States in recent years, The Chicago Tribune reported.

  • Because of the rise of digital technology, Christmas cards declined by .4 percent in 2009, which was an indication to researchers at the time that "the next generation of correspondents is unlikely to carry on the tradition with the same devotion as their parents," The Tribune reported.

  • Many of today's greeting cards are made by consumers with their designs rather than relying on traditional card companies, like Hallmark, The Economist reported. Today's American consumers will often print their greeting cards through online companies.

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  • And The Economist reported that many people will probably turn to more technology-friendly ways of sending holiday greetings, like through social media or e-card websites.

  • But that doesn't pack the same punch, especially when you want your card to be a way for you to reach out to your family. As David Flick wrote for Dallas Morning News, Christmas cards are the best way for your family and friends to know that you care about them, which is why it's important to continue sending them every year.

  • "A card is best when it comes from people in other cities, annually renewing past friendships divided by time and geography," Flick wrote. "The card says that the ties haven't been broken, that even if you haven't seen someone in two decades, that person is still in your thoughts and part of your life."

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

Website: https://twitter.com/HerbScribner

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