Will you send cards this Christmas?
Thinking of ditching the Christmas cards this year and sending emails instead? Do you know how many emails are sent every day? 205 billion, that’s how many. Office workers receive an average of 121 emails every day. Even our personal inboxes are full of Social Media notifications and sales emails from companies we don’t really care about. Most of them go unopened. Those that are opened are usual unremarkable. We delete them with a click of a mouse and forget about them.
You want to send your Christmas wishes by email? Sure, it saves money, and yes there’s a valid environmental concern too. And it saves time too. And isn’t that just the point? We want to think that our friends think about us. Maybe only occasionally. Maybe only as much as bothering to write our name and address. But certainly more than being part of an email mailing list.
There’s lots of reasons why people don’t send cards – maybe they’re skint, or ill, or they have lots going on, or they’re out of the country at the crucial time. But don’t be that friend that didn’t send cards because you couldn’t be arsed!
Five Reasons to Send Christmas Cards
- The Personal Touch. Everyone wants to cared about. Sending a card says you thought about your friend. You thought about them enough to find your address book. And spend money on a stamp. That’s enough to warm the cockles of someone’s heart.
- Everyone likes to receive cards. Look how many cards I’ve got on my mantelpiece. I must be REALLY loved. If you send, you will receive.
- Cards = Happiness. Knowing you are cared about increases your happiness. Spread happiness. Especially for people who are isolated, or who don’t use social media.
- Don’t lose touch. It would be so easy to never ever speak to a cousin or a great aunt or your old mate from school. Stay in touch with a Christmas card and a personal note.
- You can’t delete cards. Yeah you can throw them away. Or even better, recycle them for next year’s gift labels. But they are hanging around for a couple of weeks. Reminding you that people care and like you. Email cards don’t do that.