Admittedly, I pound myself on the back a lot because I’m ahead of the curve. But that too is too much. There was no way I knew a year ago when I recommended Holiday Phone Calls as an alternative to cards that just three months later we would be deeply caught in a widespread pandemic that has made sending Christmas gift cards difficult. Nowadays it’s hard to know if and how often people work from their office to collect mail. However, most of us do not have a colleague’s home address to which cards can be sent.
Despite the complications, with all the challenges of 2020, lawyers have more than ever the desire to send Christmas cards as a sign of good humor. Now many are trying to figure out what to do. Some lawyers have doubled in and insist they plan to send out Christmas cards this year as past years. Others are thinking about electronic cards that I wasn’t a fan of seven years ago and that I still haven’t become. If you insist on something as impersonal as an e-card, send at least a Starbucks coupon or an Amazon gift card.
You can also continue to host a virtual happy hour – with or without additional entertainment – or a Facebook live party. Or send a calendar link to stay up to date on Zoom. But for me, more than any other year, this year will resonate with more than a call from a loved one, a colleague or an old dear friend out of the blue. It’s on my list for this season.
You can find tips for making phone calls on vacation in my post from December 2019 here
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