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?