Are holiday Evites and thank you emails bad etiquette?

WASHINGTON — The holiday season is in full swing and you might be thinking about going digital when it comes to social invitations and thank you notes.

But is using services like Evite OK, etiquette-wise?

“Absolutely,” says Daniel Post Senning, the great-great-grandson of Emily Post. “It’s become part of our communication architecture and we want to use all the tools at our disposal to stay connected with the people that matter to us.”

But what about saying thank you?

“Any way you can get someone a thanks is a good idea. Of course, it’s going to lend more weight, more significance — the medium is part of the message — if you hand write that thank you note,” he says.

And although it is the happiest time of the year, it can also be an awkward time because we’re torn about whether to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”

The answer is simple, says Senning.

“When I’m talking to a general audience or thinking professionally, I like to wish people a “Happy Holidays.” It’s inclusive of everyone you might be talking to.”

But when it’s a more personal situation, go ahead and wish your Christian friend a Merry Christmas or your Jewish friend a Happy Hanukkah.

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