How long do you keep a generic holiday card?

Posted by Sam on December 27, 2017

When you receive a card from someone for:

  • Christmas
  • Your birthday
  • Graduating high school
  • July 4th
  • Adopting a blind cat
  • Losing your virginity

that simply acknowledges you and / or an accomplishment(s), how long do you keep it?

Tom’s recent post touched on this as well as a Seinfeld episode, but for me personally? I throw it out right away.

I used to keep them for a weeks on my desk before eventually thinking “Okay, I’ve kept it long enough, I can throw this out now”. No more.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice thought / gesture, and I’m not discouraging them from being sent. But once the “Good job!” has been read, it’s fine to go in the trash.


I do keep cards / letters that I receive from friends, family, current / former lovers, that contain real content. Those are worth keeping, and I go back every now and then to read them.

When I write someone a letter, I put a good amount of effort into it, and I think recipients have a different feeling when they receive something like that versus a generic holiday card.

This is just my way of saying that if you’re going to send me a card or letter, either put some love into it or IT’S GOING IN THE TRASH!

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