As friends, families and colleagues start planning their holiday shindigs and inboxes fill with details on quiches, spirits and fruit cake, it can be a marvel to imagine how people scheduled these things before internet connectivity. If all these parties can be planned with the help of tech, what about the traditional holiday greeting? Is a digital version just as acceptable as the snail mailed classic?
A few months ago I wrote a post on Evite etiquette, which asked the important question of when a traditional invitation can be replaced with an internet delivered version. One of the key points that almost everyone could agree on was, if it's a regular occurrence, it's OK to send a digital greeting.
I say it's time for a revolution. While my postman is a lovely guy, it seems silly to limit myself to paper and pen when there are so many additional options for a digital holiday greeting.
Here are some fun alternatives to consider:
- Sing your favorite holiday song with your family and friends and record it (check out Stan Lee's video version above).
- Share an infographic of your year in review.
- Make a gif of your family trimming the tree.
- Create a photo slideshow with highlights from the year.
- Start a tumblr blog with entries from each member of the family reflecting on their favorite part of the holidays, and update it each year
Whatever you do, just don't send a JibJab.