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The elusive non-religious "seasonal greeting" cards

The elusive non-religious "seasonal greeting" cards

By samanthaorwell on January 18, 2008 - 5:24pm

So once again it is that time of year again. Christmas. And let me just say that I hate Christmas. Not only because I'm a bitter grinch (I can admit it), but because of all that wasteful consumerism running rampant. And let me just say, Christmas came way too early this year. It's in VERY poor taste to be putting Christmas trees and holiday decorations prior to Halloween, and definitely in poor taste to have such things up on Remembrance Day. Yet they were up well before both holidays. Disgusting. Anyhow, let's talk about Christmas cards, or how I'd like to see them, "seasonal greeting cards" which are only sent during one season. I have decided to get into the networking business and I have found sending seasonal greeting cards to be the least offensive manner to keep in touch with all those people you met during the year- "I know you but I don't really know you"-types. You know what I'm talking about. All those people that you know you'll need to keep in touch with because at some point along the road you'll need them. So here I am, attempting to be a seasonal greetings card with no reference to any religion. It's difficult, to say the least. All cards either have references to Christmas, Hanukkah outside and inside the card, or have implicit references with pictures of ornaments or trees. Is it so difficult for somebody to make a card that says, "season's greetings" and not mess it up with some flashy reference to a denominational/religious holiday? Not that I'm politically correct in any sense, but I just want the cards I send to reflect my personality. Or I don't want the cards I send to reflect anything more than what I want them to say. I don't wish you a Merry Christmas, and I don't wish you a Happy Hanukah (sorry, Kwanzaa… I didn't find you on any cards- greeting cards seem to think you're too much of a minority-holiday to celebrate). I don't need a nativity scene, 3 old men "bearing gifts", little baby angels with miniature trumpets, reindeer tugging at a sleigh, dwarves carrying giant packages, or any type of plant, house, or scene decorated in lights or reflective dress. I'm tempted to get the menorah card just because I love the story, but that would neither reflect what I believe in nor do the religion justice. I want whatever I send to say a mild, "Have a nice season- hope nothing bad happens. And, oh yeah, don't forget me because at some point in the future we'll talk again." Maybe a "season's greetings" on the front and then inside a little message saying how I hope you well this season (without it mentioning "holiday" season). Or a nice picture of a snowy Winter scene..maybe some firelogs in a serene wood cabin down by the lake. Anyways, my "seasonal greeting card" search is still on. If anybody can find a card somewhere that has no reference to religion then send me a note because I'll buy out their whole stock to show my appreciation for the fact that such cards even exist.

Submitted by larry (not verified) on January 19, 2008 - 12:53am.

how about:
Thought of you - enjoy your festivous?

Submitted by Ray on January 19, 2008 - 3:34am.

Being an "old fart" (75) and not particularly liking all that useless extravagance seen around this Christmas time of year, I've thought about that problem a lot too.

Maybe we need a greeting card that simply says something like this:-
"Enjoy your Winter Solstice, no matter what you call it, and may the New Year bring you good fortune, good friends, and good times."

This winter solstice celebration stuff has a long and colorful history, going 'way back to the time of the ancient Romans, or even beyond. In those times, it was a festival and drunken orgy supposedly honoring their principal gods. Romans called it "Saturnalia" after the god Saturn. Along came those persecuted Christians, needing a date on which to celebrate the birth of their own God, and not wanting to stick out in the crowd, they hijacked "Saturnalia" and started calling it "Christmas". And the rest is history - soon, everybody was renaming it for their own celebrations. These days, nobody seems to know what the hell to call it. So the safest way to go seems to me to be calling what it is: Winter Solstice. The original intent of it being to help us get through that period of shortest days and longest nights which most of us find so very depressing without some kind of distraction. Whatever the name, that distraction works. It's just starting too soon, lasting too long, and costing too much.

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