Why I Don’t Send Christmas Cards Anymore

For the past few years I’ve not sent the traditional Christmas Cards out to Friends and Family. Not because I’m all “Bah Humbug!” at this time of year, but because, frankly, with the advent (no pun intended!) of the Internet, E-Mail and Social Networking – rarely a month goes by without me keeping in touch with pretty much every one of my contacts anyway!

There are exceptions to this rule – I’ve got a few older friends and family who are not on-line, but I use this time of year as a reason to pick up the telephone and call them, or make the time to visit with them.

My Green instincts also influence me here – all those printed cards produce a lot of waste, much of which isn’t recycled. Those Christmas Cards I do receive are recycled in the New Year along with all the rest of my Christmas Waste – you can find out how to do the same yourself here.

In conclusion, I’m really not sure how sending a piece of card through the post is relevant anymore!

I know many people feel differently to this and take great pleasure in sending and receiving Christmas cards, and I hope if you’re one of those people you won’t be offended by not receiving a card from me, but with the Royal Mail failing to deliver one-in-six Christmas Cards, then there’s a poor chance that if you’ve sent me a Christmas Card that I’ll not receive it anyway!

Instead, as I have for many years now, I’ll be making a donation to my favourite Charity, The Woodlands Trust.

So whilst I won’t be sending Christmas Cards, I’ll still be enjoying what I believe Christmas is all about – taking time to get together with friends and family, relax and have fun!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! 🙂


3 Responses to “Why I Don’t Send Christmas Cards Anymore”

  1. 1 Chris December 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Ric,great blog post, I did the same thing last year and ONLY donated money to charity but no cards , However this year decided to send some paper cards to certain people because I felt that it was personal and I wanted to do it because I may not see those people over Christmas. I most certainly did not just send to anyone and everyone. I too have (and always will, christmas cards or not) donate money to charity, which is Make a Wish foundation. Have a great Christmas Buddy.. Speak to yousoon

  2. 2 Richard December 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Chris – that seems lot a good way to do things. I understand the reason for sending Christmas Cards, to keep in touch with people you may not otherwise get in touch with, but can\’t see how it\’s relevant in today\’s connected society any more when they are much better ways to keep in touch! Have a great Christmas yourself, hope you and Lynne have a relaxing time!

  3. 3 Susanne December 21, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I\’ve just read both yours and Tim\’s (Long) post and understand your points of view. However, I\’m going to go with Chris on this and say that I felt compelled to send cards to those people that genuinely personally mattered to me. For me, Christmas is about giving and relating to your friends and family around you. Whilst not everyone may have a religious association with Christmas, I give a card as a small token of my appreciation for the recipient regardless of their views.For me, I think it\’s important to sometimes cut away from the technology and communicate something that took longer than I can touch type it. 🙂 I want people to know that I didn\’t just stick them on a mailing list and that they matter to me.Technology is everywhere these days but people underpin everything we do; so whilst today\’s society can be so well connected, there is no harm in stepping away and do something different to remind people that they matter personally as well as professionally.I sent cards to all three of you with my best wishes after my time away because each of you have helped me over the last year (and beyond). Whilst I am busy working I ensured I stopped to take out time to remember those who are important to me. Little did I know I would be catching up with you and Chris this month but the sentiments of the card still stand! I never send them to expect one in return, I send them to let people know that they matter. The acknowledgement itself steps away from day-to-day communication and contact and makes for me a point that goes above and beyond a Tweet, email, or Instant Message.If people don\’t recycle their cards or purchase charity cards (I did, but not for all sent) then that is potentially a separate issue. I also ensured that I donated to charity this year, but that for me is part of my time for reflection at how fortunate I am.I wholeheartedly believe that a \’piece of card\’ is not relevant but a card that sends genuine sentiment is. I agree with Tim on his post that giving cards to the person you sit next to everyday isn\’t necessarily the point but the cards I sent out across the world remind me on how lucky I am to have such good friends and that I want to remember them at this important time of the year.So I\’ll see you this evening and buy you a pint instead?! 🙂

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