November 4, 2009

Deep Thought


Why do we send birthday cards instead of birthday letters?

Please, discuss.

4 comments:

Succubus said...

marketing.

dashreeve said...

Interesting that you should mention this. The last two birthday "cards" that I sent out were actually letters on my stationary. Neat coincidence, but I have started doing the letters instead of cards.

all-my-hues said...

Because cards have pretty pictures on them, and you don't have to write as much -- you're saved the trouble of coming up with something sweet/clever to write. It's just easier.

Plus, who has time for writing letters any more anyway?

;P

PNT said...

I'm with dashreeve. I write birthday letters as much as cards, largely because I can't always find a good card or, lets face it, I procrastinated, the store is closed and the card has to go out tomorrow. Plus, at what point does a card turn into a letter when you've written on the inside back, inside front, and continued on the back?

Agreed, all-my-hues, about cards as a socially acceptable way to not have to think of a lot to say. "Love, Me" and a $20 is a suitably an eloquent birthday wish to get you off the hook for most things.