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Penny Outskirts

Christmas Card - Alternatives

I just don't want to send them this year - it seems such a waste of paper and energy, I feel like I'm being sucked into worshiping at the alter of St Clintons (even if I make my own cards) and yet I still want to let our friends and family know we care.

Can we think of alternatives that have less of an impact?

It would be interesting to know what other Downsizers do.
hedgewitch

I have a friend who sends emails out with festive/seasonal wishes in and also the names of the charities he is donating to instead of buying and posting cards.

I did this last year for friends and family (well, those of my family who have email). Most people liked it, my mother thought it was dreadful. So win/win for me and I'll be doing it again this year. Laughing Wink
sally_in_wales

I havent sent cards for donkeys years. What I do instead is fund at least one tree planting each year (or plant one myself if I have the chance) and tell everyone that they have a share in that tree. We send, probably, about 3 cards a year to cover just those people who really don't get it, (got a couple of neighbours who would consider it a mortal slight if they didnt get a card) but apart from that, its the annual tree in lieu of cards.
boisdevie1

Here in France most people don't get into all that sort of rubbish. So I've adopted the methods here and don't bother sending any. Seems like such a waste of time, money and materials.
Tinks

sally_in_wales wrote:
I havent sent cards for donkeys years. What I do instead is fund at least one tree planting each year (or plant one myself if I have the chance) and tell everyone that they have a share in that tree. We send, probably, about 3 cards a year to cover just those people who really don't get it, (got a couple of neighbours who would consider it a mortal slight if they didnt get a card) but apart from that, its the annual tree in lieu of cards.


That's a beautiful idea.
Mary-Jane

Re: Christmas Card - Alternatives

I have to say I'm with you on this one Penny. The sending of Christmas cards is an early Victorian concept and the idea was to send a card only to those people that you hadn't been in touch with since the previous Christmas, just to let them know that they were still in your thoughts.

However, it's now been turned into a modern day socially acceptable bad habit. I utterly resent sending cards to people I see every day - particularly those I work with every day. Why? I see them all the time. So my answer, at work at least, is to put a large box of sweets on a table, with a notice saying "Mary-Jane wishes you all a Merry Christmas - help yourselves"

But as for friends and family that 'expect' cards - I'm still puzzling over that one. We tend just not to bother at all - save for the few 'simply have to' folk.
sean

As so often on downsizer there's an appropriate article.
jamsam

subject close to my heart..or wallet..
ive made 5 and sent them today (two international) and thats it..i refuse to let the kids take any to school, but how do i let the parents know that instead of me looking like a complete non- festive git??

i was going to send a big charity card into school for all the teachers syaing i dont want to send any this year..but im sure the boys will be nagging me..arrghh Confused
Green Man

Our children's school has had the great idea to 'save the planet' and each child should only bring one card in for the whole class. My eldest is going to send an e-card.
Penny Outskirts

jamsam wrote:
subject close to my heart..or wallet..
ive made 5 and sent them today (two international) and thats it..i refuse to let the kids take any to school, but how do i let the parents know that instead of me looking like a complete non- festive git??

i was going to send a big charity card into school for all the teachers syaing i dont want to send any this year..but im sure the boys will be nagging me..arrghh Confused


That's the issue isn't it - letting people know you're not ignoring them Confused I will do the tree thing, the woodland trust do some sposor a sapling things, so I'll do that instead. But how do I tell my great neices and nephews that Great Aunty Penny is not ignoring them - she's planted a tree instead. I could send them a card of course Shocked Wink
gil

I like the idea of e-cards / emails, but too often they take ages to download and the animations don't work (on dial-up). This really annoys me, and completely detracts from the sender's intention. I end up cursing folk I otherwise love dearly.

I make my own cards. There are a lot of people I don't see that often, and others who still enjoy receiving cards (mainly older people).

But I too would not send cards to people I see daily etc.
hedgewitch

Penny wrote:
But how do I tell my great neices and nephews that Great Aunty Penny is not ignoring them - she's planted a tree instead. I could send them a card of course Shocked Wink


Skype them? Very Happy
Penny Outskirts

hedgewitch wrote:
Penny wrote:
But how do I tell my great neices and nephews that Great Aunty Penny is not ignoring them - she's planted a tree instead. I could send them a card of course Shocked Wink


Skype them? Very Happy


Laughing
wellington womble

I only send cards to people I won't see, but would like to (reletives in far flung places) everyone who's remotely up to date will get an email, saying I have donated to charity instead. I resent sending cards to people I see all the time - why can't I just say merry christmas and mean it?

I like the tree idea, and I might make a gingerbread house to take to work this year.
Cathryn

I do the tin of biscuits at work. Do you think it's acceptable to ask them all not to send me cards. I just find it ridiculous and pointless.
Penny Outskirts

ruby wrote:
I do the tin of biscuits at work. Do you think it's acceptable to ask them all not to send me cards. I just find it ridiculous and pointless.


I started having the conversation with the staff in the shop today - they looked at me as if I was nuts Sad

Well I hope they like their pressies, they're not getting cards Mad
cir3ngirl

My thinking this year was why go with the school flow and write a crad for every child in both boys class. So this year we are buying 16 ducks through Christian Aid. The eggs can be sold, bartered and the duck eaten. We will cut out feather shapes from recycled paper with a short message on to let everyone know what we have done. Maybe next year others will do the same.
Leonie

I like the planting a tree idea and also the bowl of sweets idea for work. I'm sending e-cards this year, I quite like the ones Jaqui Lawson does.
Green Man

They look lovely.
Suzie

I had this conversation with a good friend today - she nearly dumped her boyfriend (first christmas together) because he suggested not buying each other cards Shocked Her logic was that a card showed he loved her because he would have had to personally choose one. Never mind that he picks her up at the drop of a hat in the wee small hours from a nightclub when she's sloshed, or that he sits thru DVDS of her showing her horse when he has no interest in horses himself, or that he went out to a late night chemist when she had a cold (sniffle) at 2:00am just to get her some nightnurse......or many other examples of all the things he does that show he cares much more than a "cheap" commercialised piece of tat
Sometimes I just want to shake her Mad
Suzie
CP

If you go to the Cancer Research website, you can order free of charge a wall size poster, with lots of christmas piccies on it and lots of blanks that you can write your greeting on. They come with cardboard donation boxes. Thats what we are doing at work this year.

The idea is to "buy a blank, make a donation and the charity benefits. So do trees Wink
LynneA

At my old job, it became the norm to send an all staff email. I guess with us being a multicultural organisation, staff and client wise, it became more of an end-of-year thing than Christmas.

I used to put together a short, world weary review of the year, and find an amusing piccy to accompany it - usually of a political figure looking less than smart. Cherie was always useful for that.

We used to have Secret Santa, but the male members of staff were useless at choosing pressies, so I instigated a charity bran tub. You got as many goes as the pressies you provided. Anything above that, you paid into the client welfare fund. The fact that my journey into work took me past the Liverpool Street branch of Lush was very useful for that.
Beckyess

Try this E-Card Main Site Jacquie Lawson
Becky
hedgewitch

Penny wrote:
ruby wrote:
I do the tin of biscuits at work. Do you think it's acceptable to ask them all not to send me cards. I just find it ridiculous and pointless.


I started having the conversation with the staff in the shop today - they looked at me as if I was nuts Sad

Well I hope they like their pressies, they're not getting cards Mad


It always makes me think of counting your christmas cards at school to see how popular you were Rolling Eyes I really think adults should've moved on. I snapped last year when one of the Sales guys at the company I was working at flew down to tell me that a prospect had sent him a card, and what did I think she meant by it? Did she like him enough to place an order? Shocked I'm afraid I suggested quite forcibly that he should stop right there and listen to himself Rolling Eyes Laughing
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