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Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?

High postage costs and a younger generation that prefers social media are accused of killing off a 171-year-old tradition – and good causes are losing out on a rich source of income.

The cost of a first class stamp – now 62p – is deterring many, and the decline in sales of Christmas cards that first began at the onset of the credit crisis is beginning to accelerate.

Reports suggest that the older generation, who traditionally would contact old friends each year, is being put off by the new postage costs. The younger generation, which does everything online, isn’t interested in physically sending a card.

Is 2014 the year the Christmas card died?

Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?

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andbrown01
17th Dec 2014
2
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daydreams
11th Dec 2014
3
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I only mail about a dozen cards, having no family.... but I don't see the point in continually sending them to someone just out of habit, and really, feel that if they can't be bothered to keep in touch just once or twice during the year, replying to little cards and notes I send them, then why should I bother? So my list has shortened considerably!
Jeanie92
9th Dec 2014
3
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It keeps you in touch with friends who live along way from you
Bazeley
8th Dec 2014
2
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Sitting of an evening writing cards is one of the things that makes me feel Christmassy! I do enjoy the sending and receiving of cards - although I agree it is perhaps something that will decline in years to come.
balletgirl
8th Dec 2014
2
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I love receiving cards, more than presents, so think I should reciprocate, no honestly I get a great amount of pleasure from sending cards. Its an opportunity to keep in touch with people and tell them all your news. I tend to write a few cards at a time, so that it doesn[t become a chore.
superbius
8th Dec 2014
2
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Personally i think a card shows that u r still thinking of the person it is sent to not just at the festive season but all year round. Also it's a good time to let them know u r still alive. lol.
margie
8th Dec 2014
2
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just send cards to friends and family..
and anyone we like..
merry Christmas
Royal marine
8th Dec 2014
2
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I will be sending Ecards abroad this year as the postage is to much.
Baxi
8th Dec 2014
2
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I only send cards to people I don't see often or who live overseas. I do an email greeting to everyone else. I think it's mad to give cards to people to you or speak to all the time. Some people think it's a competition to see how many cards you receive, but I think it's much nicer to speak to people or see them. Cards have become part of the commercialisation of Christmas.
Silverjan
8th Dec 2014
3
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Always send cards to family and close friends at this special time of year. I write a short note in each as I like to think that it means I care about them, which I do.
Peter
8th Dec 2014
3
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I don't send any cards and think that many people do so as it is an expected thing to do. It's great to receive a personal message from someone that you love over Christmas - but many cards just have an impersonal greeting. Much better to call and chat or send a personalised well thought out message in a letter or email than just bash out hundreds of impersonal cards that cost a fortune in postage.
Baxi
8th Dec 2014
2
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I agree Peter - what's the point of getting a card which just says "love XXX and XXXX" ???
wiffler
8th Dec 2014
4
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There's nothing like the sound of cards falling through the letterbox. It's nice to know that someone cares enough to pick, write and post a seasonal greeting.
Kentish Maid
8th Dec 2014
4
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I'm sending this year but the fact it is going to cost me about £15 will be the last I think..it will be such a shame as I love receiving and sending them.
tigerlily
8th Dec 2014
4
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I love Christmaa and enjoy keeping in touch with friends near anf far.
My friends now get a card through the post and an ecard as well .
I love the history behind Christmas cards the original ones being hand made in the 1800's.
We have Queen Victoria's husband Albert to thank for many of our Christmas traditions e.g the Christmas
Tree.
Rob60
7th Dec 2014
4
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My wife always makes cards for close family and friends. Its always nice to receive a card. I can't remember the last time I sent a letter though - email is so much quicker, efficient, and cheaper! Doesn't have the same feeling behind it for birthdays and Christmas, though!

Regarding charities, they'd be wise to move with the times or they will lose revenue!
Archiebald
7th Dec 2014
4
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We always send Christmas cards to our close friends and also some to friends who in some cases we haven't see for many years. I like getting the cards and think they are an important part of the house decorations but I do think that with technology they are on their decline. I cannot see the younger generation sending them in say 25 years time. It could be e-cards that come over emails or texts etc

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