A friend of mine just forwarded me an e-mailed invitation to her sister-in-law's "virtual baby shower." "Are you KIDDING me?" my friend asked.
I'm assuming you've never heard of a virtual baby shower. I certainly hadn't. Basically the couple created an online gift registry and then sent out a link to the registry with the "invitation," which explained, "We didn't want to ask people to travel for our baby shower, so we're hosting a virtual baby shower instead! Hope you can join us!" I kind of expected there to be some online feature where the "guests" could e-chat with the new mom and dad at a designated time. Or maybe there would be a Skype element? But no, the virtual baby shower is ongoing, starting from the date the invitation was sent out and ending on the baby's due date.
So it seems a virtual baby shower is just a thinly veiled excuse to let everyone on your list know that you have a baby registry, without coming out and saying, "Hey, everyone! You can buy me presents now!"
Making all this extra-annoying: While the mom and dad do have far-flung family members, there are plenty of friends and relatives who live close by, so traveling for a real live baby shower just wouldn't present a problem. So what gives?
I'm not saying every couple HAS to have a baby shower—I get that some moms-to-be don't want to be the center of attention and others pass for religious reasons. But this virtual baby shower BS feels like nothing more than a virtual gift grab.
Have you ever heard of a virtual baby shower? Is it the tackiest thing ever? Or am I missing something?