Year end countdown and the end of paper?

Yep, it's December again.  There's no possibility of escaping holiday muzak anymore.  The threat of snow is in the air. And it's time to get to work on my new year card.

For reasons I can't really explain anymore, every year for about 15 years I have designed, produced and mailed a new year card to as many as 150 of my friends and colleagues.  Here are examples of two recent card designs: 2007 and 2008.   As it's gotten easier to design and produce them, it's also gotten harder to maintain up to date postal mailing addresses for all my contacts.  Every year I add people to my circle of acquaintance without much formal exchange of contact information.  Sure, I collect lots of business cards, but people change jobs often, and more and more business cards don't even have postal addresses on them.  Don't even get me started with the Facebook people.

Is this the year I finally give up on paper and send some kind of e-card?  I'll save at least $40 in postage and probably another hundred or more in paper, ink and envelopes.  Not to mention countless hours of production.  But I'll miss the whole process, even the tedious licking and sticking.  There's something about paper.

So help me out folks.  Cast your vote for paper and send me your postal address. If you've gotten my card in years past, even if you haven't moved, send me your address.  If you might like to get one, send me your address.  You don't need to send me a card in return.  Really.  I hate the clutter but I feel guilty throwing them away.  Send your address (and your name, please) to

3 Responses

  1. I vote for snail mail for obvious reasons! By the way, you can easily buy stamps from Check out the nutcracker holiday stamps available in booklets of 20.
  2. Paper says you care, so I vote paper (just did my son's birthday invites in paper)-- you can send me a holiday Tweet tho
  3. seema
    A new year without an original DK card? k.. i'm old fashioned but the photoboxes, shoes boxes will remain in my attic for years well past lost passwords and digital archives. Yes for paper..
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