DEAR MISS MANNERS: I love to send out Christmas cards, greetings and an annual holiday letter to about 150 people. I do so at a great investment of time, finances and commitment, but I enjoy sending holiday greetings in the joy of the season.
This year, for some reason, I received a large increase in the number of electronic Christmas cards and electronic Christmas letters, which I do not appreciate nor welcome. I choose not to respond in any way to these electronic greetings and cards.
Had I shared my real response and feelings, it would not have added to the joy of the season. How would you suggest one respond to such electronic Christmas cards and letters?
GENTLE READER: “For some reason”?
The reason is that technology has made it infinitely simpler to address people electronically than by hand and regular mail. The content, which you characterize as spreading joy, remains the same. And many paper Christmas cards contain a mere signature, which is sometimes even printed.
This does not merit an unpleasant response. You are free to reply using actual cards, or to ignore the exchange and let it drop.
That said, Miss Manners actually shares your annoyance. To her, it is the time and computer space occupied by receiving such greetings because they often have animated features. But she is willing to concede that this is a prejudice, and would not hold it against the senders.