With the advent of social media and electronic greetings, there is a stark demise in mailing holiday cards. Like most other baby boomers, I grew up without email or a smartphone. I kept my contacts and calendars in written form and relied on USPS almost exclusively for handling correspondence. When Ohio University submitted photos for the Inside Higher Ed 2017 holiday greetings contest, I was pleasantly surprised not only to find out that OHIO won but also that they would be printing actual cards for our use. According to information provided to TIME a couple of years ago about the decline of personal mail, including holiday greetings, the older you get, the more likely you are to mail holiday cards. Since OHIO is 213 years old, it should not come as a surprise that we’ll be mailing several of these cards this year.
The winning photo, an iconic image of Cutler Hall in the evening, dusted lightly with snow and featuring lamp posts donning red bows, has been uploaded on Inside Higher Ed’s Facebook and Twitter profiles @insidehighered, which says to me that while we may follow the holiday greeting habits of older generations, we’re kinda hip, too!