Once, Christmas cards represented a tradition so huge that the U.S. Postal Service hda to hire seasonal help just to sort through them.

I have always wondered whether people are sending more e-cards or have just stopped the tradition of Christmas cards altogether. Greeting Card Association analysts estimate that one e-card is e-mailed for every 20 printed cards sent.

Most cards are bought and sent by women between the ages of 35 and 65, according to Kathy Krassner, communications director of the Greeting Card Association.
"You don't really start sending greeting cards or holiday cards till you're a little older and living on your own," Krassner said.

The theory is that the older you get the more leisure time you have to address and send cards. There's still a tendency to want to touch the card, some analysts observe, A card is a very tactile experience.

Whether you choose to send a traditional card or use the computer, the thought remains the same. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanazaa to all!

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