I came across a couple of interesting articles today involving cell phones and the holidays. The first is about a survey conducted by a British website, which shows that 58 percent of the 1,014 people polled said they would be sending holiday text messages instead of traditional cards this year from their mobile and refurbished cell phones. I was actually surprised that the percentage wasn’t a little higher as the idea of a traditional holiday card just makes no sense to me. Why pay five bucks for a piece of cardboard that someone will throw out within hours of you giving it them? Plus, in reality, texting instead of sending a card is the “Green” thing to do. Think of all the trees that will be saved this year if more people just text their season’s greetings. Sorry Hallmark, but it looks like your racket is almost up.
The second article that caught my eye, is about a website called TextSanta.net, which seems like one of those brilliant ideas that makes you go, “Damn it. Why didn’t I think of that?” At TextSanta.net, you can pay $5.49 to have Santa Clause text your children either on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. There are three stock messages to choose from, or you can create your own customized message, which is a great option as it allows adults to send “naughty” greetings as well. If your child doesn’t have a cell phone, you can have the text sent to your phone. Keeping in the holiday spirit, TextSanta.net will donate $1 for every text sent to the March of Dimes in support of its mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.