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Carlo Klemm
Christmas cards, anyone?

by Adrian Bobe, The Sun Star

Sept, 2, 2014

 

Excerpt:   OH! CHRISTMAS cheer is already in the air! With the start of the ‘ber’ months, most of us may have already been digging in our cabinets and piles of old Christmas ornaments.

I think is one of the first Christmas articles you will be reading on the second day of September. However, there is one thing that makes Christmas way different than it was, in 1995 or early 2000s. And this haunts me every time we welcome the ‘ber’ season.

When was the last time you send or receive a Christmas card? Many of us even forgot now how it looks like.

In the United States, polls showed that in the last two decades a household sends at least 28 Christmas cards and receives equally the same number. However, in recent years there was a pullout of numbers, resulting to the decline in the volume of cards sent and received. The statistics, however, does not only hold true in the US but in countries like the Philippines.

This decline is blamed on the advancements in technology and breakthroughs in making communication faster and cheaper. With the Internet, the world has shrunk into a global village, making information—both sending and receiving—readily accessible.

 

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A sales girl shared that during December, Christmas cards stock would range nearly to 1,000 items, with each card produced with at least 18 designs.

A similar situation can be observed in stores in downtown area. Far from its nearly 10 racks of cards, four to five of which for Christmas cards in late 2000, presently, it declined to half of its number of racks, with one rack dedicated for Christmas Cards.

A department store employee lamented that they even lower the price to 40 or 50 percent during sale, and, at times repack cards and sell it in fives and tens for a lower price. “It has tremendously lost its appeal to market,” she added.

Sending Christmas cards through air or hand mails is a tradition that the current generation should not forget as it is an expression of love and effort. I may be enjoying the social media age big time, but hey, more and more people are missing the old times. Especially when a post man would hand in a glittery envelope in your door, surprising you with a card worth reading over and over.

 

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Santa Marty

The number of Christmas Cards sent has been on the decline at my home simply because of seasonal time constraints. Even so, I exchange more cards with fellow Claus' than I do with family members.

Sadly sending cards, like sending handwritten letters is rapidly becoming a lost art.

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Cynthia Lewis

Are you kidding?  The cards are too expensive and then add the postage at 49, or more likely 69, cents a piece???!  I have even told my kids not to send me birthday or Mothers' Day cards.  One card can buy two hamburgers.   Long live email!

 

OK, so I'm cheap...

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Carlo Klemm

Are you kidding?  The cards are too expensive and then add the postage at 49, or more likely 69, cents a piece???!  I have even told my kids not to send me birthday or Mothers' Day cards.  One card can buy two hamburgers.   Long live email!

 

OK, so I'm cheap...

Postage is the killer. 69 cents a piece for you........here it's $1.00 for across Canada and $1.20 for the USA and $2.50 International.   (cards are cheap if you buy next years this season.)

Small packet to mail Christmas ornament to the USA is about $10.50, depending on size and weight.  

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Cynthia Lewis

I keep telling any young one starting out:  "If you can figure out a way to move people and things cheaply and reliably, then you will be a billionaire, guaranteed.  "Beam me up, Scotty!"

 

In one of C.S. Lewis" Space Trilogy stories, he has his angels pondering how much thought and effort humans put into transportation.  It would take me a little while to find the reference if anyone wants it.  Its one of Lewis' many sly insights that pass by in an instant while you read the story.

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Steelwheels

I keep telling any young one starting out: "If you can figure out a way to move people and things cheaply and reliably, then you will be a billionaire, guaranteed. "Beam me up, Scotty!"

In one of C.S. Lewis" Space Trilogy stories, he has his angels pondering how much thought and effort humans put into transportation. It would take me a little while to find the reference if anyone wants it. Its one of Lewis' many sly insights that pass by in an instant while you read the story.

I love Lewis! I forgot all about the Eldila until I read your post. I remember how they, Eldila, had to stand against the wind while on our "silent planet" because it was moving so fast. Ya' gotta love his perspective.

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Cynthia Lewis

OK, I am on my way to the Noerr Pole in tomorrow for my Santa to attend their University.  Guess I can find room for Out of the Silent Planet in my back pack!

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Steelwheels

OK, I am on my way to the Noerr Pole in tomorrow for my Santa to attend their University.  Guess I can find room for Out of the Silent Planet in my back pack!

I think Perelandra has the quote you're thinking about. It's been a long time but that seems about right.

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Santa Bruce Geron

I still enjoy receiving Christmas Cards and other cards through out the year by post. We are in the process of sending out Thank You cards for our Wedding last month. Yes, it does have a cost but as they old ad said: memories - priceless.

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Santa Johnathan

I love writing letters and sending out cards, even putting a little drawing in each. I cannot imagine skipping that. I realize it is an expense issue, but a time issue...that's the point. Taking a moment to wish someone "Merry Christmas" is important. I collect and even make high end fountain pens, and am a member of the Penmakers Guild. I can tell you, there is a whole community that places a great importance on taking time to write letters. There is nothing like sitting down with a quality paper, liquid ink and a gold nib fountain pen.

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Cynthia Lewis

Santa Johnathan, no doubt your missals are true works of art and are so valued.  My Christmas cards would probably go straight to the round file.  Your description of your cards reminds me of Tolkien's Father Christmas Letters.  When God made me he left out art.  My Santa husband, who does have an eye for that sort of thing, is always amazed at how much I miss.  I'm a true nekulturnik.  My scribblings make a 2-year-old look like DaVinci.

 

Funny thing is, I work in Graphics and have been a draftsman since I was 3.  But I make signage where the only priority is clarity of communication.

 

I try to ask every artist I meet: "what is  your definition of art?"  I would like to know yours!

 

Steelwheels, I think you are right about Perelandra, but I have good reason not to trust my memory.  I believe  Ransom had an interview with the Oyarsa in OotSP before they sent him home.  It COULD have been there but still, you are probably right.  I tried to shortcut the process by Googling it but did not find anything.  Came across a guy who has made a DVD called the Narnia Code!!!  Have it on request from the Library.  (Highly skeptical of his hypothesis.)

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Allan Siu

I used to love writing an update letter and enclosing it in all the Christmas cards that I sent out.  I have a two year old now, so, those days are long gone!

 

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I do send out the family picture Christmas card, though.  However, as you may well know, it gets quite expensive having those picture cards printed at Walgreens and then paying for the postage on top of that!

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Cynthia Lewis

I think Perelandra has the quote you're thinking about. It's been a long time but that seems about right.

I found it (I think).  In my 1972 Macmillan Paperback, bottom of page 102: Ransom is being interviewed by the sorns on the way to Meldilorn.  "Two things particularly struck their minds:  One was the extraordinary degree to which problems of lifting and carrying things absorbed our energy...."

 

Lewis may repeat this in Perelandra.  Will let you know if he does.  Its good to be reading him again.  Relaxing.  Do you care for Terry Pratchett's Discword?  Guilty pleasure, but his "Long Earth" series seems to have lost all the humor.  You can tell he is sick.  Anyway, it seems a plot device to remove one of the fundamental problems that plagues mankind and explore the consequences...

 

What this has to do with Christmas cards is beyond me...

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