What would Emily Post say

about the practicality of still sending cards? In his technological era of skype, e-mail, ecards etc does the “old fashioned” celebratory paper card, envelope and postage stamp still have a place in society?

Personally, I’m unfazed as to the method of conveyance – the most important facet is “to feel the love”. That said, DH’s sisters (both live overseas) are quite particular about sending and receiving tangible expressions of good will so in response four hand-written missives lie ready to join the snail mail train to honour various January red letter days.

I am an enthusiastic exponent ofย  the “there’s a right way and a wrong way to do things on a social level” philosophy. However, my question still remains – is it more appropriate (from an etiquette point of view) to still send cards for ritual, annual festivities (in other words discounting “one offs” – births, deaths and marriages) or does etiquette really not influence human behaviour anymore and its all about convenience?

PS – After an intense session of web-surfing (a mug of tea at hand for inspiration) in an attempt to find an amusing visual anecdote to conclude my musings, I find myself empty handed! Apparently etiquette is not a laughing matter ๐Ÿ˜‰

“Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential. ” Will Cuppyย  OR “Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin. ” Quentin Crisp

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8 thoughts on “What would Emily Post say

  1. When I was five years old, one of my aunts sent me a dollar in the mail for my birthday. A week later, she called my mother and questioned her child-rearing skills because I had yet to send a handwritten note of thanks.

    Needless to say, I have always been a rabid sender of handwritten notes. In my own business, I write them as thanks for referrals and to congratulate people, and I can count business I got from that investment.

    On the personal side, I know a handwritten note stands out in a stack of junk mail and brightens someone’s day. Whether it is proper etiquette or not in this day and age, it says we took a little more time. It carries our fingerprints. I don’t get angry when I don’t get them, but I will say they mean more to me than a quick e-mail in the torrent of electronic communication I receive.

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