When I was younger, I used to get really excited this time each year as Christmas cards started to fill my parents’ mailbox. Every evening I would flip through the new photos we’d received that day.
When I go home for the holidays as an adult, I still flip through all those photos and letters, but I mostly just marvel at how I don’t remember hardly any of these people! And yet they are still spending the time, money, and effort to put a photo in the mail (not to mention keeping up with the frequent address changes we’ve had).
It’s sweet, but, I wonder if anyone actually feels anything when they get a Christmas or New Year’s card? Some may call these cards personal, but I disagree. These are photos sent out in mass with a printed message on each slip. The only thing personal is if they hand wrote the mailing address (and even that’s rare!).
So if you want to send out something that’s both personal and more cost efficient this holiday season, consider sending out a video email “card” using mailVU.
You’ll save time and money by not having to stuff, address, and stamp all those envelopes. While I don’t help out with this effort anymore, just thinking about the hours spent around the dining room table getting the Christmas cards together makes my hand hurt.
Instead, just upload a list of contacts into your mailVU account, record or upload a video, and send it out to all of the people in your list!
I can hear the protests now: “But Lucy! This isn’t tradition! Don’t you know that we always send out a Christmas card?”
Here’s what I have to say about that: Why is sending out a card around the holidays a tradition in the first place? Isn’t it because you want to have at least one semi-intimate connection with the people on your mailing list during the year (other than liking a Facebook post, perhaps)?
If your goal is to waste time, get arthritis, and spend money, then go with the traditional Christmas card sending method. But if you are actually looking to have a more meaningful connection with these folks, I’d recommend getting the webcam or video recorder out.
Now this is uncharted territory for most of us. What do you even talk about in a video email holiday card? Here’s a few suggestions:
Gather your family to sing & record your favorite holiday carol
Get a drink in everyone’s hand and make a few toasts on camera for the New Year
Share who got on the naughty or nice list in your family this year and why
Stand in front of some holiday decorations and share a message of hope or love
Prepare a few Christmas jokes to share with everyone
There’s so many ways to be innovative with a video email and its endlessly simpler to send out than your slow-mail holiday cards.
We’d love to hear from you. Have you sent out a holiday video before? What did you do to make it fun or unique? OR are you still sending out Christmas cards each year? Are you “stuck” on that tradition or are you looking to shake things up?