I never thought I’d see an intersection between legal technology and the Holiday Season. 

This year I have received noticeably fewer holiday cards by US Mail and many more by e-mail. The e-mail greetings range from simple images in the e-mail body to links to extravagantly produced Flash or other animations.

I welcome cards with hand-written notes. Instead of pre-printed cards, however, I prefer bits over atoms: an e-mail greeting spares the environment the impact of the paper and moving it around.

Updated (12/24/07): E-Greetings Gain Ground at Businesses This Season, a front page business section story in the New York Times today reports on this trend. It reports “Eric B. Rothenberg, a partner at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers who directs its green committee, said his firm sent about 10,000 e-cards this year, but individual partners sent out an additional 1,200 traditional cards at their own expense.” The firm sent an image embedded in the e-mail so recipients would not have to click through to a web site.