This is a weird one for me, I'm a huge fan of writing and receiving letters. I'm a natural born card sender, stubbed your toe? I have a card for that very occasion. I love the swish and plonk noise a letter or card makes as it slips through my letterbox and down onto the mat but Christmas cards, well meh, I can take or leave them. Which got me to thinking, will we be sending Christmas cards this year and for that matter - will you?
I have a huge and extended family sprawled across the planet and just the postage prices alone can set us back more than the price of a monthly shop. Whilst I'd love to keep in touch the old fashioned way there are cheaper alternatives which we'll be employing (for the most part) in order to claw back some cash.
We already buy our cards and gift wrap in the sales. I cut up the cards we're sent and fashion them into gift tags or new cards but honestly it all seems just that bit too much. Sure you can buy recycled and sure you can recycle the cards and reuse them in the ways I do but I know for a fact a lot of my friends don't do that and it irks me. And so does the cost of stamps - especially when 50% of my post goes missing.
This year we'll only be sending to people who we feel a card is really important. Our grandparents, very close friends we rarely see and siblings who live abroad but apart from that we'll be making personalised daft videos and sending them across these 'ere interwebs because y'know what? It is 2012 and that's the kind of thing The Jetsons would have expected from 2012.
We some how managed to get into a loop of sending cards to people we never ever see or have any contact with and I know a lot of people end up doing the same. I have no need nor reason to send a card to the guy I worked with in a shop back in 2003 just because he sent me one. We didn't really get on then and only send them out of habit. This ends here. The tradition of sending cards is important to me and I like to write long messages and take my time over them but if I'm reduced to just writing 'Happy Christmas have a lovely 2013' because I know nothing about someone then honestly I need to check myself before I wreck myself. Ooh youth talk.
I'm not saying either way is right or wrong but this year for us, scaling back the amount of cards we send will save us some money and we're lucky enough to live in a time where we can be in contact over Christmas via other methods.
I made a quick little video (below) over the weekend on this topic and the comments were really interesting and almost split evenly down the middle.
If you can't view the embedded version, or are interested in the comments you can click here to hop over to the A Thrifty Mrs YouTube channel.
Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?
P.S. And now I feel all scrooge-y.
P.P.S. Maybe I'm a bit funny about them because my birthday is very close to Christmas and the Christmas post always, always delays my birthday cards?