Keep Birthday Cards Alive!

by Thelma R. on August 1, 2013

Today is a faced paced world. We want everything yesterday! All the emails, tweets, texts and Facebook. Everyone is connected at top speeds. Instead of going to the bank to cash your check, just take a picture of it on the newest iPhone. Forgot to send your wife flowers for your Anniversary? Buy them online and have them shipped that same day. There are plenty examples of how disconnected we are these days. Something as simple as taking a few minutes to write out birthday cards is now replaced by e-cards. There is something cold about that. I admit Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with family members who live apart, but we need to stop electronic communication for special events and show people that we really care.

Birthday Cards

What ever happened to checking the mailbox to find birthday cards waiting for you instead of your computer? Where are the singing telegrams now days? Do we still use them or are we just flash mobbing our way through birthday greetings now? I feel the only people still using actual business birthday cards are in the office. Either from co-workers or employers, they seem like a lasting breed to extend physical cards that you can touch. I know I’m over exaggerating. I really do think sending someone a card, for any occasion, beats an electronic one. I much prefer to jot down a personal note inside the card and hand address the envelope. It’s the simple pleasures in life we take most for granted. Keep birthday cards alive and let your hands get a workout instead of your keyboard.

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Charity Florez August 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I believe that birthday cards are a great way to let a person know they are special. The physical birthday cards are much more significant. I feel as though they take more time and effort and that way show more appreciation.

Amanda Del Bianco August 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I truly think receiving birthday cards is far more special than someone saying “happy birthday” on a social media website. It means so much more and shows that the person took out the time to send you a birthday card. I always look forward to sending out birthday cards to loved ones, family & friends!

Michaela Paolino September 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

What better way than to recieve a birthday card in your hand, and keep it forever! It’s funny but, I still have one of my birthday cards from my previous years and still look at fun memories of my birthday through those cards. You know how people say pictures last forever? So do birthday cards.

Tiffani Morris September 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Nowadays, people are saying “happy birthday” over Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. I think it’s not the right way to communicate especially when it’s someones birthday. To this day, I still send out birthday cards to loved ones, family and friends. It’s funny to think that people get surprised or shocked when they recieve a birthday card in the mail but I still love to put a smile on someone’s face on their birthday! :)

Joan Smith September 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

The great part about sending a birthday card is you can select one that fits the person. When you view the inside, you want to make the person smile or laugh. That’s why it’s so much fun to receive one in the mail.

Susan R. September 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

The sending of physical birthday cards is becoming old fashioned in this modern social media age but that is what it so nice about them. There are many millions of people that need that connection to the way things were. An actual birthday card is so much more meaningful and heartfelt. I know there will always be a demand for them.

LaurenC September 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

I see nothing wrong with wishing someone Happy Birthday on facebook. I certainly am not going to send a birthday card to the 300+ “friends” I have on there. I think social media gets a bad rap sometimes. I don’t think we are disconnected. We are more connected now than ever. I like being reminded that it’s my cousin’s birthday so I can give her a shout out. But for those close friends, family and even business associates, yes, absolutely, a card that you have selected and addressed with a handwritten message is the way to go. I don’t think that will ever go out of style.

Mathilde October 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I remember as a child, the best thing about getting birthday cards in the mail was the cash gifts that came along with them from grandparents or aunts and uncles. Now that I’m a grown up, nobody sends money in my birthday cards anymore, so some of the excitement has worn off… but it’s still nice to know that people are thinking about you.

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