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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?

This year Royal Mail are celebrating the festive season with two distinct themes for their 2017 Christmas Stamps;  beautiful Madonna & Child designs, and two winning designs from the Children’s Design Competition held by Royal Mail.

The cost of a second class stamp is now 56p. 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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Joan Fraser
18th Dec 2017
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Still sending some; but a hugely reduced list, and savings have bought stuff for the food bank
Jan1956
11th Dec 2017
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Only to those people who are not on e-mail or Facebook.
ecarg
10th Dec 2017
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You can't put an e.mail on the mantle piece whereas a card provides space for a yearly update from people that may not be close friends now but once were a part of your life. My children's school friends parents and I like to have progress reports on education , marriages ,babies and any mishaps along the way.
However the expense did make me think twice about the amount of the cards I send but then I carried on anyway as I'm sure the cards received give as much pleasure as the ones I receive in return.
H0llybert
7th Dec 2017
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I make my cards & love sending them to friends & family & I love receiving Xmas cards
Madmor
7th Dec 2017
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I donate the money I ould spend on cards nd postage to local Salvation Army. They provide food boxes and toys to srugglng families.
lizfid3
7th Dec 2017
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I am very old fashioned with this. I love sending an receiving cards. An email or text message just doesn't work for me. I know the cost can be prohibitive but I buy a little bit at a time to spread the cost.
Rosegilly
7th Dec 2017
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I love sending Christmas cards!!! I have kept some fabulous ones over the years and put them up again for display use only. Dont want to throw them away because they are so lovely.
Munsterlander
6th Dec 2017
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I buy ours at the Card factory as they are so much better value than other shops like Hallmark for example. about 30% of the price of other shops actually and a good selection.
greenfairy
6th Dec 2017
1
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We are using stamp and deliver by the scouts/guides as it's only 30p per letter whatever the size for local catds. There are friends who do not use the internet but most people now have a mobile so a text is often the best way to communicate. Merry Christmas to you all
PaulineR43
6th Dec 2017
1
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We are not now sending Christmas Cards except to close family and a couple of friends who do not have internet. Since coming to live in Spain we have always donated to charity at Christmas but there is an increasing number of needy here so we will donate more now with the money saved on cards and stamps. Most people seem to understand.
Nellbat
6th Dec 2017
2
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It is only once a year and Christmas Cards is as much part of the Christmas spirit as gifts and turkey. I don't send so many since retiring but people will still get a card from me. I used to collect and recycle them at the Youth Club I worked at so they were used again.
ElizabethB24
6th Dec 2017
2
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The effort and thought that people put into Christmas cards is an indication of the value that they place on our friendship/connection. I don't imagine that any silver surfer would give this up easily since it is how we were brought up! The personal gift of sending a card (birthday, anniversary, thank you, thinking of you) is priceless. I will continue to both send and appreciate those sent.
GaynorW3
6th Dec 2017
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Definitely - and making my own too!
spiritbird
5th Dec 2017
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Why would we not send Christmas cards? it is a tradition as well as a shared token of friendship not to be forgotten wherever friends are.
errycarr
5th Dec 2017
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This is my philosophy with Christmas cards, Yes, we are all busy, and, yes, stamps are expensive, but the pleasure that I get from sending cards to people who matter to me, if only keeping in touch just this once a year, is priceless to me. Apologies if I shouldn't post this poem, but I don't know who wrote it. However, it sums things up for me perfectly


The Christmas Card List


There is a list of folks I know, all written in a book
And every year, at Christmas, I go and take a look
And that is when I realise those names are all a part
Not of the book they’re written in, but deep inside my heart.
For each name stands for someone who has touched my life sometime
And in that meeting they’ve become a special friend of mine.
I really feel that I’m composed of each remembered name
And my life is so much better than it was before they came.

Once you’ve known that “someone”, all the years cannot erase
The memory of a pleasant word or of a friendly face.
So, never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine
Of names upon a list, that are forgotten in between.
For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you
It is because you’re on that list of folks I’m closest to
And whether I have known you for many years or few
The greatest gift there is, is having friends like YOU!
Musty
5th Dec 2017
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What a lovely poem. I have never seen it before but it certainly expresses genuine thoughts about sending cards.
Pollard24
5th Dec 2017
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I will only be sending to very close family the postage I save from not sending to friends will be put in the charity box for the salvation army
AngelaS95
5th Dec 2017
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I will be sending xmas cards but it is harder to justify the cost of the postage each year. I used to send them all first class but now try to do them by hand or second class. I know that there will come a time when I know that I will no longer be able to do this as finance will not allow. It is a shame as I enjoy receiving my xmas cards and following the traditions of xmas of my younger days and my ancestors gone by.
ginntonic
5th Dec 2017
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Yes, I posted mine today. Not as many but still to family and friends who I don't get to see very often. The local scout group have a Christmas post box every year and deliver for a donation put in an honesty box. I use this for local friends and family.
Val Stebbing
5th Dec 2017
2
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Yes,I have already sent mine out to pen pals, here & abroad, we still write by hand every month or so. I have had pen pals for years & we always send Christmas cards in with letters, this time of year. I also send to relatives & other friends every year.
toi toi
5th Dec 2017
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Yes, I will send Christmas cards for as long as I can. Folk like to receive them and the art of communicating without the use of a mobile or a computer is rapidly disappearing.
Eric Lewis
5th Dec 2017
1
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We have not sent cards for 5years we donate £100 to hope house hospice in shropshire we then post a card on the Internet wishing family and friends a merry Christmas and a happy new year ,at least six of our friends now do the same ,Eric Lewis
janpot
5th Dec 2017
1
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No doubt I will be sending less and less, due to cost of stamps and most of the younger generation prefer a “round robin” email or media share d Chrisatmas card as it os less effort for them.
Stafilos
5th Dec 2017
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Family and close friends only, it's just too expensive otherwise.
phillip38
5th Dec 2017
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I do send them, because although I may not have seen them for quite a while, I still think of them often
Hazbeck48
5th Dec 2017
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Each year I am tempted to say that I will donate the money I would spend on cards/postage to a charity dear to my heart, but I do like to see cards hanging round my living room walls, and think that my friends and relatives would like that too. That is what will keep me sending cards despite the rising costs, unless it really does become unaffordable!
SheilaD5
5th Dec 2017
1
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I used to send so many cards. Since my son was diagnosed with MS I have since only bought cards for very close family and prefer to donate to the MS Society who are constantly striving for better treatments and a cure for this terrible disease.
quietlady
5th Dec 2017
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I am sitting at the table now, just about to write my cards. I keep last years and I love reading them, they make me think about the people and the memories we have shared. Wonderful
CarolM92
5th Dec 2017
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Yes I love making and sending Christmas cards but the younger generation can't be bothered but they still like getting Christmas cards I do think it will die out x
SueC62
5th Dec 2017
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I believe the tradition was started as a way to send greetings to people you couldn't personal wish 'Merry Christmas' to. These days it seems to have turned round so that you only send cards to people that you see regularly. I send cards to all but my main focus is to friends who live a distance away, who I don't get to see regularly, sometimes years at a time. I include a letter of news with those cards. I do think that Christmas Cards, with newsletters, should be used only to keep in touch with friends we don't see often and those we see regularly, deliver Christmas greetings either in person or, dare I say it, electronically. A charity donation instead of cards is a good idea. Same with presents; I've asked my son and family to make a charity donation instead of buying me something and they want the same. I'll have great fun choosing an appropriate charity for each of them.
Alicia
5th Dec 2017
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Yes, too much is done by E-mail now and it is nice to send a real card.
EileenS54
5th Dec 2017
1
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Writing cards and letters is becoming extinct how would Xmas be without any cards on the mantelpiece So sad bring the price of postage stamps down for Xmas cards
Prosseco
5th Dec 2017
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I send cards to my family who are not living close to us .
susannewton
5th Dec 2017
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I stopped sending Christmas cards in 2014 .
This was the year my youngest daughter died , leaving behind two very young children,
we as a family have always celebrated Christmas with lots of fun , laughter and togetherness,
not sending Christmas cards was the only way I felt I could change the way we celebrated Christmas , as Father Christmas still had to come and we all had to "enjoy" the event , we all got through it very well and we have continued to do so .
Every year since I have donated my
"Christmas card money" to charity, the first year was to a park my daughter and her friends were in the process of getting up and running again , which was finished and is now a lovely place to play for the children and lovely for the adults too .
Every year since , I have donated the money to
"End of treatment bell" , they are trying to put a bell into every hospital so patients can ring the bell at the end of their treatment, I can't think of a better incentive to hurry up and get well !!
I know my friends and family would rather me do this although I still send them all a Christmas greeting, but by Facebook and emails . And of course our family gatherings.
Dottielew
5th Dec 2017
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But I do need to get them written first (mostly done now), and have to buy the stamps for them still...
chilterncabby
5th Dec 2017
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Instead of sending Christmas cards I donate £10.00 a month to Myeloma research.
JuneG22
5th Dec 2017
2
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I love my cards, sending and receiving them, from family and friends we dont see very often. I will carry on sending them for as long as i can write them myself. We dont buy presents any more, that is why the cards mean so much to me.
JoL2
5th Dec 2017
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I make a donation to a local cafe who provide free meals for the homeless in our community. I prefer to do that instead of spending the money on cards and stamps. Many of my friends and family are happy for me to do this. I only send cards to those who I feel would be upset if I didn't and these are hand delivered. Some of my friends and family will also make charitable donations rather than send cards. A few have also stopped buying presents preferring to make a larger charity donation.
JuneAA
5th Dec 2017
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I think I will always send Christmas cards, it shows you can actually be bothered with friends and family, and I consider the ones I receive to be part of my decorations 🙂
NorfolkBroad
5th Dec 2017
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I meant to add that the biggest cost as far as I am concerned is the price of the cards themselves - especially if you buy specific Daughter, Son, Grandchildren cards. Even the packs of Charity Cards aren't cheap for something that gets put up for only a matter of days before being consigned to the bin. The postage in comparison is not an issue.
NorfolkBroad
5th Dec 2017
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Those who I will see will be handed their Christmas Cards. Those who live far away will be sent theirs. It's how I've always played it so nothing really has changed.
AnneF72
5th Dec 2017
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The stamps cost more than the cards but I will send a few cards to friends who don’t use internet and hand deliver as many as possible. It would be a wonderful gesture if Royal Mail reduced the cost of stamps for Christmas cards.
Andrea Pretli
5th Dec 2017
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I will be sending Christmas Cards but just a few, far less than I used to send. My cards will be mainly going to relatives and friends in the UK (I live in Canada now) to keep in touch with them. I usually include a short letter with the card. I used to send at least 25 cards to the UK but over the years this number has shrank so now I'm only sending about six. In Canada the numbers will be about the same or less.
ThomasM3
4th Dec 2017
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Only to distant friends
Jo Kingham
4th Dec 2017
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No - a complete waste of money. you can just say Merry Christmas to people as you see them. I have just donated the money I would have spent on the cards and postage to Macmillan - I might be a miserable old goat (according to some of my friends) but I feel really good that I've done it!
Janice Wilkinson
4th Dec 2017
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I went to buy a birthday card today and had a look at single Christmas cards today for friend,daughter etc,there was nothing under £2.75 each,needless to say i came out without buying.Need to re-think buying special cards me thinks but i really won't be posting many,my list will be reduced.x
Cosmopolitan
4th Dec 2017
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This will be the first year I will not be sending Christmas cards. My husband passed away very suddenly at the beginning of September and as we draw ever nearer to Christmas, the more I dread the whole thing. I will give cards to my close family as it is a tradition but the Royal Mail will not be receiving any monies from me for postage.
The cost of stamps these days are extortionate so no more sending of cards for me.
jeanmark
4th Dec 2017
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I like to make Christmas cards although I now only send out a few (I used to make about 50) and will now buy in a panic. It is a way of catching up with past colleagues etc. All of my family donate their card money to Charities and with the cost of postage I can understand why.
Koda
4th Dec 2017
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The list is getting smaller though!
Marley444
4th Dec 2017
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Every year I think in around October time, I won't send Christmas cards this year, and then I find myself buying them! I can't bring myself to stop this tradition ... each year my hand writing gets worse as I rarely write these days ... I may review my list and reduce the numbers but for 2017 I will be!
Wilf
4th Dec 2017
5
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Yes we always send Christmas cards. In a world of email and non personal letters I love receiving Christmas cards so we also enjoy sending them. A really important tradition of Christmas and I hope it goes on a long time yet!

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