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Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?

The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a civil servant who had helped set-up the new ‘Public Record Office’ (now called the Post Office), where he was an Assistant Keeper, and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary people.

Sending Christmas cards gives us a reason to connect with old friends and family and spread Christmas cheer.

But with the cost of postage and the rise of the Internet and social media, is this tradition soon to be written into the history books?

The Biblical nativity story has been brought to life on this year’s Royal Mail Christmas stamps.

The six stamps show scenes from the Biblical story of the nativity, the annunciation, the journey of the Magi and the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

The cost of a second class stamp is now 61p. Reports suggest that the older generation, who traditionally would contact old friends each year, is being put off by postage costs. The younger generation, which does everything online, isn’t interested in sending a physical card.

What are your views? Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards? Have you always sent Christmas cards to friends and family? Is this a tradition that you will continue? Do you prefer to donate the equivalent money to charity? Or have times changed and so have your Christmas card sending habits?

Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?

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ecarg
16 hours ago
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Iv'e tried to cut down this year but as cards arrive I find myself sending off cards'thinking if they have been kind enough to remember me I must do the same.I have however asked people for their E.Mail addresses so I can be more 21st century next year.
DebsDarling
1 days ago
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A mixture of the two for me! I save up for the stamps and write and post around 50 cards, enclosing personal letters with about 15 of them. I love receiving and displaying all that I receive. I also send Christmas greetings to around 50 friends and more distant family via Social media.
SPSandy
5 days ago
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Yes but I am seriously thinking of cutting down next year to nearest and dearest because of the rising cost of posting them.
ponocio
6 days ago
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Most of my cards are given out buy hand through family and friends, people I cannot reach the cards are posted to with their presents (if it is someone I send a present to) to cut down on the cost.
Jankel
6 days ago
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Just the close family and friends but I also donate to charity as well.
StephenB318
7th Dec 2019
0
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I send very few to close family. Other than that email or Facebook post
jackim
7th Dec 2019
0
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I donate to charity instead, and only send cards to friends who do not do eMail. The rest I send an email
Angie95
6th Dec 2019
0
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I make my own, and find it not only therapeutic but fun , and they are appreciated too
Rowland
6th Dec 2019
0
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I don’t want to send cards because of the postage but feel I must.
DeniseW99
5th Dec 2019
0
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The postage is dearer than the card and is very off putting. I have reduced the amount of cards I send and do pass on some cards through friends but it will still cost me £20 in postage! I don’t think I will be able to send cards next year
Angie95
6th Dec 2019
0
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It's crazy the price of stamps
Jackie2716
4th Dec 2019
1
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I like to buy my Christmas cards from charity shops it helps the charities xx
Bald123
4th Dec 2019
1
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We always send cards to our friends. It is part of Christmas. Not sure the younger generation will keep doing this though.
Goldengirl2
4th Dec 2019
1
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I will send cards, but most not my mail - for several
years I - along with many friends - have used e-cards -
You are sure they will be received and less costly - especially
as I have many friends/family overseas.


I do send a few cards to a few friends who are not
familiar with technology.

Works well for me and for my friends.
MaureenM56
3rd Dec 2019
3
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I’m not sending Xmas Cards this year as I am donating to Cancer Research instead
EuniceM1
3rd Dec 2019
2
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I notice over the years all my friends have stopped sending Christmas cards and say they are giving the money to Charity! I give to Charity all year and do more at this time of year but still like to give cards out to my friends, I think it is a nice way off letting people you don't see all the time that you are remembering them and they are still in your thoughts! Be a sad day when we stop giving cards as its a very old tradition!
Wendy1942
3rd Dec 2019
1
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Love getting Christmas, birthday and Easter cards. Also postcards from friends holidays. Several of my 70/ 80 /90 plus years old friends do not use social media - so how would they be able to receive my greetings if I did not send an appropriate card. When my grandchildren were younger and I was working in London I used to send them a postcard of a London scene every week. They say they still have them. One of said grandchildren is now working in London herself and has begun to send me a postcard. . So long may the card reign supreme!!!
Yagala
3rd Dec 2019
2
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My card sending days are complete over, I have nobody to send a card to in the whole world.
I just buy a Christmas card for myself and put it with the rest of them on date together.
DizzySpells
3rd Dec 2019
3
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We stopped sending cards a couple of years ago. The money goes to The Salvation Army instead.
Lionel
3rd Dec 2019
2
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Completely agree Dizzy, it's what we do. My wife was Army for 35 years.
Deedee1935
2nd Dec 2019
1
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Regardless of cost involved, I send Christmas cards to celebrate the reason and celebration of this time of the year
LadyLynda359
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I'd rather donate the cost of the cards and the postage to a local charity. I do give cards to immediate family but that's it
GladysFriday
2nd Dec 2019
1
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Christmas cannot begin until I have written my Christmas cards. I settle myself away from the family, door shut, cheesy Christmas music playing and a glass of something nice to thoroughly enjoy myself. It's a real pleasure to go over my lists, each card makes me think about the recipient - often someone I haven't seen in ages - and as I write my best wishes for them, I hope that I pass on a little of that pleasure. Long may the tradition last!
jameson1
3rd Dec 2019
2
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That's me too ! Remembering friends who are far away
GwenK
2nd Dec 2019
1
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A Christmas tradition. In spite of the rising postal charges I will always send cards x
Billythequiche
2nd Dec 2019
1
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Yes, Email and Facebook don't cut it if you want people tp think you mean it.
HappyHippie
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I look forward to getting Christmas cards, and for people you don't see much anymore it nice to show them that you are still thinking of them
Quickstep
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I have put a note in with my cards to friends and family to say this will be the last year of sending cards and all money saved will be donated to charity next year. Also glitter and foil on cards cannot be recycled so a bit of help to the environment. Hopefully traditionalists will not be offended.
GlenisM
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I love to send Christmas cards, I buy the ones which support a charity usually my local hospice, Its nice to send card to friends and relatives who you might not see very often,
Raindrop
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I enjoy writing and sending Christmas cards it`s always been a part of Christmas. I deliver most by hand and only have about 6 to post. I like the idea of a special Christmas card rate that would help everyone. I give to charities all year round and love receiving cards so I will carry on this tradition.
flobenjamin
2nd Dec 2019
1
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In addition to sending Christmas cards. I also donate to charity, and but charity cards.
flobenjamin
2nd Dec 2019
1
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,,,,that should be 'buy' charity cards.
flobenjamin
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I will always send Christmas cards. I know some people moan at the cost of stamps. but come on folks...it's only once a year!!!
MARGARET BALSTON
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I send very few cards preferring to donate to our local Hospice what I’d spend on postage ..those I’m on line with get a greeting or private message..I’ve done this now for 7/8 years and my friends understand with some doing the same thing ....
violetM
2nd Dec 2019
1
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Love sending and receiving cards. Always a letter to. old friends to keep up. Deliver most via the pub but still have to post quite a lot. It is expensive but so worth it. Of course I buy charity cards.
HelenL49
2nd Dec 2019
1
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With age comes more friends sadly the cost in time and money means that I will only be able to send a small portion of the people whom I would love to wish a wonderful happy and healthy Christmas too a card this year
Poppie
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I will be sending cards and, to some people, a traditional, handwritten letter. Some of my friends and relatives are elderly and we don't get to see each other. A phone call is nice, but once it's over, there's no tangible reminder of what took place. So a card for Christmas and Birthdays is, in my opinion, a must and a lovely way to keep in touch. Knowing that someone has chosen something for you, especially. Also, even now, not everyone is online or has a mobile phone so texts, emails and Facebook are non-starters anyway.
HeatherH62
2nd Dec 2019
2
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Definitely, it might cost a little more but to show friends and family across the uk and world that you are thinking/love them is a small gesture.
SueC62
2nd Dec 2019
1
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After the year I cancelled a social outing to get my cards done, most of which were to be handed to people I see all the time, I now only send cards, with a letter, to those friends who I have no contact with in the year but want to keep in touch. All the others I see personally or communicate with on Facebook.
Hazbeck48
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I have sent cards again this year, but will probably think twice about it next year, as the cost of postage is astronomical.

I can see it is probably a chicken and egg situation, inasmuch as if we send fewer cards and letters, the cost of postage will continue to rise, which means that more and more people will be unable to afford to use the postal service!
JaneC17
2nd Dec 2019
4
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I shall be sending cards from Alzheimers . My husband was diagnosed in March.
AnneR367
2nd Dec 2019
1
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Fewer than before, but quite a few go abroad, and to folks I never see any more. The round-robin letter has got shorter, too. Hand-deliver locally. Buy from Erskine Hospital, and collect stamps in the aftermath from all the groups I'm a member of for Canine Partners. (Had/have friends helped by both of these.) Cards and stamps bought, not done yet - but will do soon, now it's actually December and Advent. 🙂
LindaG36
2nd Dec 2019
2
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Always with ageing relatives who live away receiving mail means so much and at this time of year a card and note is the least we can do the rest I deliver by hand .... we are losing so many traditions Christmas carols are no longer learned in school as they are to be sung only at Christmas itself when school of course are on holiday ....
AnnW64
2nd Dec 2019
4
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Will always post Christmas cards to friends and relatives who don't live nearby. Local ones are delivered by hand.
Shirleycyril
2nd Dec 2019
1
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An old tradition don’t want to break it
CatherineG62
2nd Dec 2019
4
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I buy one pack for family and very close friends. Then I write a little verse which I put on Facebook to explain why I’m not sending out cards and then I send a donation to a charity. Save a tree and put my money where it’s most needed. Every little helps
oscarsmum08
2nd Dec 2019
5
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Love sending and receiving Christmas cards but the cost of postage is off putting. Charities can often benefit from the purchase of the cards but only the Post Office benefits from us sending them. It would be great if the PO were to offer a special Christmas card rate which may also encourage more people to send them.
In time, the tradition may well die out but it has had a good run!
SusanneJ5
2nd Dec 2019
1
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As you say, some of us oldies still prefer to keep in touch with old friends in the traditional way. It is not the same to receive an e-card although a lot of my friends are now doing it that way.
WendyY9
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I have about 20 cards to post, some of which have letters in, I have friends from being in my teens and they live all over England, yes the cost of stamps are going up all the time but this is once a year and its important to let people know that your thinking of them, and then there's a few that I give by hand
KateF48
2nd Dec 2019
2
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Friends & family would be surprised to get one from me as I haven’t sent cards for about 12 years preferring to give a donation to charity where it will be of more use, this year it will be our local Young Carers group
Christabell
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I think many people say they would rather give money to charity but often this is a lame excuse for not being able to be bothered to write out cards. They could buy charity cards. I think it is an important way to let friends and family know you are thinking about them at Christmas
carol1952
2nd Dec 2019
2
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I like to send cards to my friends and family. It's a nice way to keep in touch with people you don,t see very often and to know they have remembered you too! Also I think Christmas cards are part of your Christmas decorations too.
JulieB55
2nd Dec 2019
1
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As already mentioned I keep in touch with old friends via social media so don’t feel Christmas cards are relevant now.
Maggiefaulkner
2nd Dec 2019
2
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For the last few years I have sent very few cards - cost and laziness!
However, now that my son lives in Denmark, my daughter in Brighton, this year I asked him to design a card representing where we all are (he is a graphic designer). The result is a beautiful and meaningful card which I will be sending to family and friends. I will also get great pleasure from writing individual messages in each one.
Joyce-Elayne
2nd Dec 2019
0
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I have not sent cards for years. We give gifts and all the money we would have spent on cards goes to a charity of the family's choice. With social media and telephones we can keep in touch, no need for cards.
GwynethC8
2nd Dec 2019
1
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Yes, I do send cards. I post some and hand deliver some.
I think cards are important for friends/relatives who live in other parts of the country and also for those who are on their own and/or are housebound.

I also like to receive cards.
bob scott
2nd Dec 2019
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Hello Gwyneth, sorry about the time in replying only my life is like a Catherine Wheel going off in all directions, I also like to send and receive cards. just posted my overseas Canada USA & one to my Army buddy in Australia, now I am left with the big quantity back home, finding the time between caring for my wife a stroke victim & myself with arthritis : osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, so being thrown to be a carer, then to think about Christmas is a big ask.
Have a good one yourself. Bob.
Kroll
2nd Dec 2019
0
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We add up the cost of the cards and postage and then donate the monies to charity. More people than ever need help not cards.
jane63c
2nd Dec 2019
2
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Always a charity card. I send to people I don’t see regularly with a brief hand written note.
MargaretL533
2nd Dec 2019
1
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But a much reduced amount of postage. I think the post office should have special card only Christmas stamps to cut the cost. Otherwise this will be lost for ever.
CarolE899
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I have always sent Christmas Cards, but cost of postage is becoming very expensive. Next year I may cut the cost by sending e-cards to friends who have the internet.
MargaretC67
2nd Dec 2019
0
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Commercialised Christmas stresses me. Surely it is about showing love to all
GwenneM
2nd Dec 2019
3
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Every year I complain about the cost of postage and every year I say this is the last time and every year I continue to send cards! But I always send charity cards.
ValerieB49
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I now only send a card to Mum-in-law as she is a lovely lady. The past couple of years we have made a donation to Myeloma UK, a charity which is relevant to me.
SusanM6
2nd Dec 2019
1
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It is the only time of year that we contact friends and family across the world, After my father passed away I took on the list he kept - which has decreased with several deaths since. I also have my own list of ex colleagues and friends so it is quite a big task but it is only once a year.
Lionel
1st Dec 2019
1
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My wife manages all that sort of stuff.

She's been using a UK e-card service for a few years. The cards are always animated and carry a reasonable message. Inside we may write our own greeting.

It's good to send an animated snow scene to my ex-pat mate in New Zealand as he'll be basking in sun right now. Remind him of what he's missing.
MrsPat
1st Dec 2019
1
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Yes and no. I think we should cut back on cards-The plastic glitter is a definite nono.
KimWarry
1st Dec 2019
5
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Every year I have sent Christmas cards around the world to family and friends, spending over £100 on postage, As this has been the most stressful part of Christmas, I have decided to phone my very special people and wish the others a merry Christmas on social media.
skippysdad
1st Dec 2019
3
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Its a way of connecting with people
LesleyGrif
1st Dec 2019
1
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Maybe my "silver" age but I love sending and receiving Christmas cards with catch up messages from friends and family I haven't seen for ages. Always promises of meeting up in the New Year !!!!
bob scott
1st Dec 2019
1
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Unfortunately? Yes I will be sending loads of Christmas cards this year as usual! the unfortunate bit is becoming a carer to my wife at 81. means I'm overloaded with work most of the time exhausted.
Lionel
1st Dec 2019
1
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Bob, you have my complete understanding. I'm carer to my wife with MS so like you, exhausted most the time.

The only good bit for me is I'm only 68.
GwynethC8
2nd Dec 2019
1
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I know how you feel but it may be worth sending to those nearest and dearest and/or those who have been particularly kind and helpful to you.
It's a hard road you are travelling but you won't regret it. Also take what help is offered.
Stitcher64
1st Dec 2019
2
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Not sending this year as we’ve had a family bereavement and so it seems inappropriate.
Ian123
1st Dec 2019
0
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Waste of resources.
Bah humbug.
Margaret Hart
1st Dec 2019
2
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I not only send Christmas cards but I make them all with love. Some people think it must be cheaper but it is actually a lot more expensive. I used to embroider many but my arthritis Has stopped me doing that this year as my fingers cease up very quickly. Many people say they are giving money to charity now instead of sending cards but how many give the cost of cards and postage - very few I would guess. It’s very easy to copy something elaborate on iPads or computers but that takes no thinking about and very little time and is really an excuse for people who use can’t be bothered.

However there are many people who really can’t afford the cards or the postage but they are more likely to try very hard to at least get cyber cheap cards and give them to those they can. I know Christmas is very commercialised which tempts people to borrow much more than they can afford and some end up paying for Christmas throughout the year and when it comes to the next Christmas do exactly the same again mainly to give their children the same as others and that must be a very worrying way to live.
swaneldo
1st Dec 2019
3
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I used to send loads of cards, but it seems the tradition has died and they are considered contributing to landfill! I send a few to closest family / friends only.
Felix1
1st Dec 2019
4
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I love sending and receiving cards, every occasion. I reuse my cards by cutting them down to use as shopping lists. I saved the ones from my sister, mother, Aunty and husband. Every now and again I have a look at them. My mother and sister are now gone and they invoke memories of happier times.
Whitelaw
1st Dec 2019
2
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I only send to people I don't see. Former work colleagues etc. And immediate family.
AnnaM31
1st Dec 2019
2
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Love to send and receive Christmas cards. This year though I will be delivering a few more than usual to save on postage.
Wilf
1st Dec 2019
4
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Yes we do every year. Its a part of Christmas.
MikeBrough
1st Dec 2019
4
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I'll buy one for my mum but that's about it. If every one who gets a card from me is anything like me, it'll be a case of 'Lovely, a card. Stick it on the mantle-piece and then chuck it in the bin on the 6th'.
Margaret Hart
1st Dec 2019
2
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What a shame that you don’t give and get some pleasure drone the greetings and then give them to a chairity who can reuse them to make cards for the following year. It’s a lovely custom.

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