Merry Clicks-mas: Holiday Greetings for the Digital Age

Gone away is the bluebird...and here to stay is a world where we order gifts from Amazon and burn yule logs on TV. We get it -- life moves fast! -- but while you're dashing through the snow, don't forget to stop and smell the chestnuts. Instead of swapping sentiment for convenience, use tech tools to make the season even more magical. These social media holiday greetings will delight kids from one to 92 (because let's face it, they're all online).

Beginning to 'Book a lot like Christmas. The definitive social network has plenty of room for silver bells and whistles. Uploading a seasonal cover photo is the web equivalent of decking the halls -- a string of lights or festive feast will bring cheer to you and all your friends.

You can also show the holiday spirit by being generous with your social support. Go ahead, "like" what you might otherwise scoff at or ignore. We can all use some comfort and joy this time of year -- and nobody likes a Grinch.

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Season's tweetings. Twitter's the place to send a low-pressure greeting to someone you might have lost touch with -- like a former coworker, or Kanye West. But you can do so much better than a generic string of hashtags! Tweet a link to a would-be gift or a carol you adore, or extend your followers an invitation to celebrate together…apart.

Martha made this donkey GIF to share a slice of farm life with friends and fans. We pulled a similar trick on Instagram:

Your move, Hallmark.

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Let's make merr-E. The E-card game has only gotten more elaborate, so you've no excuse not to let friends and family know they're on your mind. Design guru Kevin Sharkey recently shared his picks from Paperless Post, but no love will be lost on a DIY version -- especially one that goes beyond the standard year-in-review announcements.

Dashing off an impersonal greeting because you "should" feels icky and fools no one. Find a way to share a part of the season that makes you happiest, be it your famous eggnog recipe or a snap of a snowy afternoon. Just like every day, Christmas should be about living what you love -- and passing it on to those who share the honor.

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