Are Christmas cards still a thing?
They are if you’re the prime minister. Justin Trudeau and his family released their first official Christmas card on Friday, sending season’s greetings to Canadians.
The holiday card features shots of the couple and their three kids.
The Royal Family’s Christmas card this year features just one jovial photo.
The Royal Family Christmas photo. Chris Jelf /Kensington Palace/Getty Images
The Royal Family Christmas photo.
Chris Jelf /Kensington Palace/Getty Images
In a 2011 Canada Post study, one in five Canadians admitted they bought holiday cards, meant to send them out, but never got around to it.
Nine out of 10 young Canadians said they prefer holiday cards in the mail, but only 30 per cent actually sent them out.
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Etiquette expert Julie Blais Comeau feels Christmas cards are still an integral part of the holiday season, and a way to let people know what they mean to you.
“To me, the spirit of Christmas is all about gratitude and appreciation. So the card is foremost the number one symbol of the season.”
She says the traditional card is always a nice touch and will likely make more of an impact than an e-greeting — especially since most people only get bills and fliers in the mail nowadays.
But since the custom has evolved, she says both forms are totally appropriate. It just comes down to personal preference.
And let’s just say tastes differ.
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My family’s xmas photo dis year. Disclaimer: this was my idea I want the credit bc it’s damn good 📷: @chelseaashe
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The Holderness family is a big fan of the holiday video, which has gained popularity in recent years.
They first found fame with their 2013 “Christmas Jammies.” This year, they’re back with “Elfed,” set to Kendrick Lamar’s I Love Myself.
The Orgills, meanwhile, have gone viral with their Justin Bieber stylings.
The more politically correct conscious among us opt to just send well wishes for the new year. Those can be given any time until the second week of January, according to Blais Comeau.
And if you choose to spread holiday cheer to your co-workers, remember not to discriminate.
Here are some pointers from the etiquette expert:
With files from Heather Loney
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