When I was a kid I was thrilled to receive a postcard from a faraway place! In fact, I still have every postcard that I have ever received - from the Jersey shore to Lithuania! What a fun custom that was to share your vacation scenery with someone back home.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: