Do you really need Christmas Cards this year?
A glimpse into my world down here...
I remember when I was at Primary School, we would have a little red cardboard postbox sitting just inside the entrance where you could post your Christmas cards. It was then the responsibility of the year six students to distribute the cards to the correct classroom. My school was so tiny that everyone knew everyone, so you would end up with cards from students in every year group.
Now I don't have as much need for so many cards, my circle of friends have decreased to a select few and I mostly send them to the family members who expect a card more than anything else.
So this year I wanted to do things a little differently and possibly try some alternatives to Christmas cards, and I wanted to share them with you.
1. Use what you have already
So this isn't technically an alternative, but if you are anything like me then you have a few cards still knocking around from previous years. You know the last two or three from each box that you didn't finish last year. These will be perfect for those people in your lives who would prefer something a little more traditional without having to go out and buy more.
2. If you have to buy think carefully
Maybe you don't have any leftovers and you still need a couple of cards, think carefully about the ones that you purchase. Yes they need to embody the festive season with a beautiful scene and possibly a little glitter, but how about making sure that they are made from recycled materials, that the profits go to a charity, or even better both!
3. Everything is electronic these days
One problem with cards is that they take up a lot of space, because of course you have to display them. Personally I don't like my house to get too cluttered, it does that with all our everyday stuff perfectly well without anything extra. That is why this year I will be sending out e-cards to as many of my friends and relations, plus that way I can personalise it just the way that I want it.
4. How about a postcard instead?
Did you know that postcards use a quarter less paper than Christmas cards, plus will cost less to post because you won't have to use a large letter stamp. Now I'm not talking any old postcard from your holidays, but a personalised postcard with possibly even a cheesy photo of you in your Christmas jumper.
5. Forget it all and just donate
Maybe you just want to forget it all this year? How about using the money that you would have spent on Christmas cards, stamps and all the little extras and just donate the money to charity instead? Of course you will need to let your nearest and dearest know that this is what you have chosen to do this year otherwise they might get a little annoyed when they don't hear from you at all.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, five simple ideas that wont break the bank this year. I would love to hear from you if you plan on doing any of these this year, or if you have any other alternatives.
Is it too soon to say Merry Christmas?