Facebook May Kill Christmas Letters

... but there's a way to save them
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2010 11:54 AM CST
Facebook May Kill Christmas Letters
Are the days of the Christmas letter doomed?   (Shutterstock)

As Francine Kiefer sat down to write her annual Christmas letter this year, it struck her that friends and family already knew all the stuff she was putting down on paper—courtesy of Facebook. Looks like the days of this annual rite might be numbered, she laments in the Christian Science Monitor, yet another form of good-old-fashioned written communication to go "poof" in the digital age.

Unless—and here we can cue up the bells of Santa's sleigh riding over the Island of Misfit Toys—yes, unless we can save the Christmas letter by making it better than ever. Facebook posts are superficial, but the letter doesn't have to be. "What if such a letter bore down on a single meaningful experience?" suggests Kiefer. "Facebook skates over, it doesn't dive deep. It's crumbs, not a thick slice of Christmas stollen. Hmmm. Go deep. My friends and family might like that. Historians will, too." (More Facebook stories.)

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