Christmas Card Frenzy

Do you send Christmas cards? I decided to this year–first time in a long time. I decided if I wanted to get any (and I do), I need to send some out.

But I wondered if people send them anymore. Americans are tending more toward the quick and easy, like electronic communications, or toward eliminating what stresses them. And having a huge number of cards to send out can be stressful, not to mention expensive.

This week, I asked my Facebook friends whether anyone still does cards and whether they prefer traditional or electronic. Among the responses were 28 definitive preferences. So according to my not-so-scientific poll, here are the results:

21 of 28 preferred traditional cards

5 preferred electronic (some of these were crossovers from traditional; they liked either)

7 didn’t bother with them

Many of those preferring traditional, i.e. “snail mail” cards, offered the alternatives of photo cards and newsletters. A few overachievers (you know who you are!) made their own cards.

So what does this mean?

Well, Lisa Grace told me Wednesday that we reach only 15% of our Facebook friends, so 15% of around 2500 is around 375. I got roughly 28 responses to this poll, so 347 people either didn’t see it or didn’t care to respond. Of the 28 who did respond, only 7 don’t bother with cards at all, so 21 of 28 send some kind of card that assures their recipients that someone somewhere is thinking of them at Christmas.

But what does it really mean?

It means that this post was written Wednesday and scheduled for Friday because this is Mom week and I’m gone and needed something to go up today. This is subject is as good as any. 😉

So, do you send cards?

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6 Responses to Christmas Card Frenzy

  1. pamelameyers says:

    I do send cards. Love making the connection with some I don’t see on a weekly basis or whatever. I always include a newsy note and a quote or piece about the reason for the season–Jesus! I just got them mailed out yesterday for this year and it feels good to know they are on the way. Quite a few respond with a card of their own, but there are some who have either stopped sending cards or dropped me off the list. I still send them a card. There are a few that I send my newsletter via email like missionaries and a couple others who started doing the same.


  2. jenlhall63 says:

    I do! I send them to friends and family. I also hand out cards to everyone at church 🙂


  3. K.M. Weiland says:

    I send out a handful of cards, but try to keep things reasonable.


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