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New Year’s Cards

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One day, the author received a postcard from her friend, Yuko, who said she would not be sending a New Year's card from the following year. She also aplologized for her lack of courtesy. Some people admired her for her unusual courage. The author says that it is a terrible burden to write them at the end of the year, when there was so much shopping and houseclean to do for New Year's Day. On New Year's Day the letter-box is filled with greeting cards. Most of the cards just offer formal greetings. Others use them for commercial promotions. Most people perhaps want to stop sending them, since they are afraid they might fail in their social obligations if they did so. New Year's cards had been the only means of communication between the author and her friend. The last tie was broken.

Keywords: commercial promotions; greeting cards; happy events; letter-box; means of communication; New Year's card

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