Granted, I often pat myself on the back for being ahead of the curve. But even this is too much. No way I knew a year ago when I recommended Holiday Phone Calls as an alternative to cards that just three months later, we’d fall deep into an all-encompassing pandemic that has complicated the sending of holiday gift cards. These days, it’s hard to know whether people are working from their office, going in to pick up mail and if so, how frequently. Yet most of us don’t have colleagues’ home addresses where cards can be sent.
Yet despite the complications, with all of the challenges of 2020, there’s more desire than ever amongst lawyers to send holiday cards as a show of good cheer. So now, many are scrambling to figure out what to do. Some lawyers have doubled down, insisting that they plan to send holiday cards this year as year’s past. Others are considering electronic cards which I wasn’t a fan of seven years ago and still have not become one. If you insist on something as impersonal as an e-card, at least send a coupon for Starbucks or an Amazon gift certificate.
Likewise, you can still host a virtual happy hour – with or without added entertainment – or host a Facebook live party. Or send around a calendar link to catch up via Zoom. But for me, this year more than any other, nothing will resonate more than a call from a loved one, a colleague or an old,dear friend completely out of the blue. That’s what’s on my list for this season.
For how-to tips for making holiday phone calls, check out my post from December 2019 here