November 4, 2009

Deep Thought

Why do we send birthday cards instead of birthday letters?

Please, discuss.


Succubus said...


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?


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.