Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?

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Sending Christmas cards is an age old tradition dating back some 172 years.  They give us a reason to connect with old friends and family and spread the 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 Royal Mail has released a new collection of festive stamps today. The cost of a second class stamp – now 54p – 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 postage costs. The younger generation, which does everything online, isn’t interested in physically sending a 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?

445 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes, I will be No, not this year

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Barbara58
21st Dec 2015
0
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I stopped sending cards about six years ago.
I used to send about a hundred.
I told everyone, in the card itself, that this would be my last year and that in future I would donate £100 to my chosen charity in lieu of cards and stamps.
I had their full support.
HJR58
14th Dec 2015
0
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I'm cutting back on the number I send and restricting it to people I rarely see. The cost of postage is astronomical now - even for second class. No more last minute first class post for me this year!
internationallady
13th Dec 2015
0
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I have not really sent masses of cards for many years preferring to donate to charity. I give them only to my immediate family. I rarely post anything.
dragon27
6th Dec 2015
0
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I will be sending Email cards they can cover all , and you can not get any grief for not sending any.
And those who don,t have internet. TOUGH. LOL
Beany
6th Dec 2015
1
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I gave up sending cards three years ago and send a donation to different charities each year but do not like it when I am contacted repeatedly asking for more.
Delia
5th Dec 2015
0
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I always send cards all mine are posted including my air mail ones for relatives.
AnnHar1
4th Dec 2015
2
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I like writing cards to family, spread all over the world, to friends and neighbours, old and new!! In fact although I email, Skype etc I also love writing letters. I buy cards supporting good causes and I recycle all those that I receive Merry Christmas everyone and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 😀
Marley444
30th Nov 2015
2
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Each year I think it will be my last, but as so many traditions are being eroded I have decided to change my thinking and keep on sending the cards! Just over half way in writing them and will mail them by the end of the week 😉
Joan Fraser
28th Nov 2015
2
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For me, it's about sending a note and staying in touch as much as wishing seasons greetings; I used to be a dedicated letter writer but not now, so a card is my alternative. Postage prices are OTT mind you!!
pidgeypony
21st Nov 2015
3
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I would much rather receive a real Christmas card than even a present, and really am not ken on e-cards. I know e-cards save paper, but...

So I will be sending lots of Christmas cards as always.
widelens
20th Nov 2015
3
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Yes, mostly real cards but some e-cards...and they will be Christmas cards...not Happy Holidays cards, May The Force Be With You cards or any of that PC rubbish...
lindz64
4th Dec 2015
1
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Wonderful widelens, none of that Happy Holiday rubbish for me either, nothing less than Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas will do x
pattywest
14th Nov 2015
4
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Yes I like to send and receive cards. It adds to the fun of the season. I am always disappointed by people who say they are not sending cards but 'giving to charity instead' their choice of course but why cant they do both.
I support where I can when I can. But we all need colour and fun in our lives.
Lydia321
13th Nov 2015
4
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We send Christmas cards and luckily most of ours go to local people so we can deliver them by hand.
sparrer
6th Nov 2015
6
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My family/friends accept that I don't do cards, instead I donate the cost of them and the stamps to WaterAid.No-one needs a piece of card, everyone has a right to the most basic of things, clean water.
Joan Fraser
28th Nov 2015
2
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Instead of buying presents that my many nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews could afford a lot better than I can, I started donating to charity in the family name many years ago. I vary the causes and types of donation.....but object to charities pestering me throughout the year 'thanking; me - but really looking for another donation.
celtwitch
6th Nov 2015
6
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I haven't 'done' Christmas for almost 20 years as I have no family or friends, so it's business as usual for me and my dog and cat.
I haven't sat down to a Christmas dinner with another person in all that time, but I do assure you, it becomes progressively less and less important as the years roll by.
However, I hope every one of you have the Crimbo you deserve.
Joan Fraser
28th Nov 2015
2
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I too have much quieter times these days; and I quite enjoy it.....not even got a pooch so I seldom go for a walk. However my son is joining me this year - and we have agreed a steak dinner in PJs by the telly will suit us fine!
lindz64
5th Dec 2015
1
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Sounds lovely to me Joan, a Merry Christmas to you and your son! x
scandiman
25th Nov 2015
2
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Celtwitch, I am tired of the false jollity, rampant commercialism and this insistence that I have to spend time with people I would rather not. I prefer to enjoy the season of winter and the hope of spring. The Christmas hysteria begins mid-September and rises to a crescendo by Dec. 24. If one doesn't want to go along with it, one is labelled 'bah humbug'.
For an idea of how to view Christmas, I prefer the Scandinavian example. Christmas in UK is just crass and vulgar.
AnnHar1
4th Dec 2015
1
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We do not all celebrate in a crass and vulgar way !! I love to keep the traditions of my family alive through all the generations. I am a grandmother to 7 and great grandmother to 3 the eldest being 11 years old. Father Christmas brings the simple gifts which he takes to all the children mum and dad buy other things which are a little more costly but nothing is ever over the top!! A fairy visits the house to check that all are being good and she reports back to Father Christmas on their behaviour !! I LOVE the look on their faces when I tell them this and when we read every year the story that begins "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house nothing was stirring not even a mouse...................My relatives in Sweden celebrate in the same way as we do but with Christmas Eve being the most important. One should never generalise about things such as this
celtwitch
25th Nov 2015
1
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Scandiman...yes you are right, when I was married my partner and daughters were obsessed with how much money we should spend. I was often emotionally blackmailed into buying absolute rubbish just because one of them said 'everyone has them these days.' Do I take it that you are 'Scandinavian?' I was in Norway for a while back in the 60's, and during the winter too, I loved it.
scandiman
25th Nov 2015
2
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Celtwitch- I'm not Scandinavian, but have been to Norway many times, most recently this year. My wife and I love it. They don't put Christmas goods in shops until Dec.1st. It's quite low key. Emphasis is on pretty street lights, and family and friends coming together. All very civilised. Unlike our frantic, vulgar feast of excess.
goldenbee
13th Nov 2015
2
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Oh how sad for you, I shall never complain again as I slave over my hot oven on Christmas Day. It's too early for me to send best wishes but I do hope someone finds the time to pop in and wish you a happy day. If I knew where you lived I'd do it myself. Look after yourself I will be thinking of you on Christmas Day. xxx
celtwitch
25th Nov 2015
2
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Thank you, but I'm quite happy, I will be taking a long walk over the hills with my dog and making a nice meal, though it won't be turkey. I hope you have a nice day with your loved ones.
HJR58
14th Dec 2015
0
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Enjoy doing what you want to this Christmas! Last year we had a house full and although it was lovely to share the day it was hard work! My son is working abroad and my brothers are spending Christmas with my Mum this year. Hubby and I are off the a cottage in Wales for a few days, just us and the dogs! So we'll be enjoyng some country walks too!
Surfergirl
5th Nov 2015
2
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Will be sending a lot less due to cost
Wilf
3rd Nov 2015
4
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Yes I always do and probably always will. Must have a look into the new e-cards though!
Alicia
3rd Nov 2015
2
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A lot of people are sending E-cards instead now.
Jo Kingham
3rd Nov 2015
4
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Over the years I've reduced the number of cards I send - due to time constraints and cost. Hardly anyone I know sends them now, although my children still enjoy writing and giving them to friends.

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