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Are you sending Holiday Cards this year?

This week Shelley inspired my topic for Frugal Friday. She posted a hot card deal this week and mentioned that she is only sending card this year to out of towners (guess that means I am not getting one). She said if you see her more than twice a year you are only getting an email. Every year I cut our list but I have though about NOT sending cards or limiting them to out of towners too. She has inspired me to look at the time and money I spend sending Holiday Cards and I am really trying to decide what to do.

One of my friends sends her Holiday greetings in the form of an email. The first year I got it I was not overly “impressed” but the idea is really growing on me. I personally LOVE getting cards from all my friends to see how their children have grown. We hang them on our two closet doors and enjoy them all holiday season. My son really enjoys opening the mail especially when his name is included on the envelope.

I use photo cards and they are pre-printed so the only time I spend is in addressing the actual envelope. However the cost of the cards plus postage does add up. What are you doing this year? Are considering NOT sending? Sending less? Or going with an email greeting? This year time is really playing a HUGE factor in my decision in addition to saving money.

I would love to hear what you are thinking as I try to make decision about what I am going to do. I think I will send to out of towners but I don’t really see the point in sending to the people that I see on a weekly basis. Thanks Shelley for the inspiration!

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  1. Susan says

    I am ALL about only sending my holiday cards to out of town friends! AND I even make that list to the ones that send me cards back because we are a military family and have lived in many different states and also are both from large families soooo that can add up to alot of cards. If I can see you can tell you Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or whatever the holiday maybe sorry you are not gettin a card from me. I do argee with you about my kids and I love opening up the cards and seeing pictures of our friends’ kids and how they have grown so I know that friends enjoy seeing my 3 too!

  2. Patty says

    Gee, I know it’s the thought that counts, but e-mail Christmas cards? Seriously? I personally take the time to fill out each card by hand, and write an update on happenings–it depends on who the card is going to–that’s what makes it personal. Different folks get different cards with something that they could relate to from our acquaintince (sp?)–friend or relative. Some only get a one-liner, others get both sides of the card filled with babble. Technology is great, yet it also takes away the human side of everything, by succombing to the “easy” way out. I value the people enough that I am sending a greeting, to actually make it thoughtful and meaningful. E-cards are great for fun though–to elicit a smile on the other end! Christmas cards are traditional, and I guess I’m just old-fashioned and plan on staying that way!!

  3. says

    I love sending and receiving Christmas Cards. I also send photo cards, but I got all of mine this year for less than $5.00. Postage will be a bit pricy, but still only $0.55 per card with a stamp.

    With 2 kids running around I don’t have time to fill them out individually, but I do try to write a note for the friends I never get to see.

  4. Jessica says

    Last year I made our cards. They were very simple but very well recieved. This year I am very short on time and money. I was thinking of doing an email card of some kind. Each year we get fewer and fewer cards, so this year I don’t feel to bad taking a break from sending out cards in the mail. Next year when my baby is older I may resume my Christmas card sending.

  5. Dena W. says

    I am sending christmas cards. The way I like to do it is to wait til after christmas sales and get them onsale that way they don’t cost as much. Then you only have to worry about the stamps you have to buy and hey guess one time of the year we can support the U.S. postal service instead of emailing.
    Everyone have a wonderful holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years)

  6. Sandra says

    Even with stockpiling/couponing I find myslf wondering about sending the traditional Christmas cards. As for myself I really enjoy a phone call during the Holidays and with cell phones you don’t have an added expense. So Kids, call me! lol

  7. Crystal says

    I am also old-fashioned and believe that my family & friends deserve some sort of “greeting” in the form of a card during the holidays (come on…it’s once a year). I send photo cards (that I order at a super cheap price), so the only time investment is addressing the envelopes. An email is an easy way out & I know that my eldery Aunts, Uncles, & Grandparents don’t appreciate an email (if they check their email at all).

  8. says

    We send out birthday cards, holiday cards, you name it with Send Out Cards. Not only do they make it easy and affordable, but we actually make money by helping others send out cards and gifts. We LOVE this time of year and, if you’d like, we can help you live this time of year too.

    If you’d like to know more, please drop us a line. We’d love to get you into the card sending habit. It makes such a difference in the world. There’s nothing better than knowing that people out there are thinking about you!

    Happy Holidays!


  9. says

    Great post! I am sending this year. I skipped one year and everyone balked! This year I am using Shutterfly because they offered bloggers 50 free cards.

    I am checking you out from Frugal Friday and I am now your newest follower. Follow me back to Free 2 Be Frugal!

  10. says

    i send list is about only a dozen people or so, so it really isnt all that expensive. Im thinking this year since the kids are 13, 11, and almost 4, we might make all of the cards!

  11. says

    Every year Hubby and I go through this. I do NOT send cards and have not for the past 3 years. Come on, the price is 44 cents for postage alone! I like to think that most people would appreciate more of a personal phone call from me to say Hi, Merry Christmas, Wish you were here (in Sunny South Florida!) and chat it up … but Hubby totally disagrees with me and stills sends cards to his family and friends. Yes, there were a few comments made the first year. The 2nd year I started all my conversations with “yeah, another year and NO card, but hey, we can TALK and have a real conversation!” which pretty much sums up my whole feeling on the issue :)

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