Friday, December 27, 2013

Are Christmas cards outdated?




When I was married, we seemed to get quite a few Christmas cards, numbers diminished as older relatives passed away. I always sent them to grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings, cousins once they were out of the nest, long distance friends. Last year, we got few, I figured that with my move, things got lost in the mail, although I live in a small town. Again,I sent cards last year, then writing "new address" next to the upper left corner where I wrote my new address. I figured I'd get a few more cards this year, compared to last. I only got a handful this year. So I am wondering, are Christmas cards outdated? a sign of the economic times (postage is far from cheap if mailing many cards). I figure that if I don't get a card from someone by tomorrow, it's just not happening. Many have posted a general "Merry Christmas" and Happy holidays message on Facebook

10 comments:

Belinda said...

I wonder if the younger generation doesn't seem to be into Christmas cards the way the older/past generations were. We received very few Christmas cards this year, enough to barely count on one hand. And even some of those were hand delivered. I think the younger generations are more into social media for delivering Christmas messages. I certainly heard from more family on Facebook than through cards in the mail.

slugmama said...

We sent out about 30 cards this year and received 9 ourselves. In addition at least 5 of those we got may have been "you sent me a card, so I'll send you a cards" so I am only counting fully the other 4 we received.

I am NOT counting the mystery Xmas card from people we don't know, we found in a gift bag I put Hubs present in...lolz

I think social media and ecards are rapidly taking the place of the paper ones and that makes me sad. 8-(

Kelly Campbell said...



We only sent out a handful and received about the same in return. Less than 10 to be more exact. At work, we sent out over 100 cards to clients. We got 5 cards in return.

Theresa said...

My mom got over 50 cards in the mail this year. Next year might be a different story as postage is going up to a $1 a stamp, here in Canada.

DW said...

I sent out about 15... think we got about 9 back ...
Maybe it is the economy. I know we've scaled back .. sending fewer, more inexpensive cards. Maybe folks are so stressed or time pressed, or self-involved that they don't bother any more.
As for the social media/e-cards ... we sent a few e-cards, so far only 2 have been opened.

j said...

I didn't send out a single card this year :( Hopefully next year I will do better.Sigh

Tasmanian Minimalist said...

I just think they are a waste of the Earth's resources.

Precious said...

I think people are using social media more. We only got 14 cards this year and usually average 35.

Nancy said...

I haven't sent Christmas cards in about 5 years. Postage is high, the cost of the cards is high, and in what is already a busy & stressful season it was one thing I could cut back on without guilt.

Marcia in rural WNY said...

Since we spent the first 8 years we were married with DH I the Air Force, I have always sent cards to keep in touch with people who were once close friends and no longer are due to distance. But my list was down to about 36 this year, and that is without sending to relatives and close friends that I see often. I got about the same number in return, although some of mine were the late "oh, I should send them one" type. I was planning on using "free gifts in the mail cards" but found I had bought some last year after the holidays on sale. Next year, I used the free ones. We get a great many cards and note cards from charitable organizations and I keep giving them away and trying to use what I can. They've already cut down the trees, so I might as well use them. I don't give to all those organizations, but I do give to many of them and don't feel at all guilty about using ALL the items that come unsolicited in the mail. I've donated them to nursing homes and whoever else is willing to take them too. I do send most birthday cards online now, I will admit. So easy compared to remembering to buy cards all the time.