Twitter and Facebook Poll: Are Christmas Cards Dying Out?

Posted on 12/08/2011

Christmas card deliveries have been dropping slightly over the past couple of years, but there are still about 1.5 billion showing up in mailboxes across America this holiday season. Hallmark says that more than 20 paper cards are sent for every one e-card. But we wanted to know whether you think holiday cards are a fading tradition. Some of you love the thought, but don’t have the time while others are committed to sending them year after year.


Rhiannon Wells: No! We still send them!

Patricia McCorkle Crandall: We didn't send any for the last two years because we didn't think we could afford it. I am very sad to say we haven't bought any for this year either. We still believe in the tradition and support it with love.

Sue Long Budensiek: I still send Christmas cards and I love doing it.

Linda Jones: I still send Christmas cards, mostly to family and some friends that we don’t get to see very often, but I love getting them, especially the ones that have family pictures on them. Each year I can see how the kids have grown and changed, it's like a visit that brings back memories. My fridge is covered with Christmas cards. I love it!!

Steve Cole: My best friend and I from college are sending out our 10th annual Christmas card this year. It started as a joke. We took a picture of me on his shoulders putting the star atop our first real Christmas tree and made a Christmas card of it. It caused a lot of confusion. He and I were clueless... but apparently everyone thought we were lovers all of these years. So here is to ten years going strong!!!!

Laurie Elmore Thompson: Personally, we have decided to mail out this year but are doing everything electronically via Facebook, email, etc. The only ones we plan on sending are to immediate family in the area who like to have a current picture in hand. I think a lot of people are doing the same thing and I don't know that it is because of the economy but more so because of other options which are so readily available

Daphne Tutor Webb: I think Christmas cards ARE slowly dying, but I for one become giddy when I receive one in the mail. Homemade cards, Hallmark cards, Daysprings, etc, it doesn't matter. It was the beautiful thought of someone taking the time to wish me Merry Christmas. As for me, I still send out cards. A few dollars for a box of beautiful cards and stamps to mail them are nothing compared to the joy I know they will receive when the card arrives in the mail. Besides, need to keep the Post Office in business so the postal workers can keep their jobs, right? ;o)

Shannon Maze: I'm finally sending cards this year after a 4-5 year hiatus!

Christin O'Bryan: I feel like Christmas cards are dying out with more electronic means of sending greetings—even some of my relatives now send me cards via email. However, I also feel like there's no good substitute for going to the mailbox and finding a stack of cards that all have personal notes scribbled inside. For me, it's just as good as getting a Christmas gift! I try to send out as many cards as I can, and I display the ones I get so I can enjoy them whole season.

The Savvy Assistant aka Lindsey Holder: I still love giving and receiving these!

@Fraukuech: (!/Fraukuech) I love getting Christmas cards from family & friends, but videos like this one are a great alternative! :) (

@shortsweetblog: (!/shortsweetblog) Just sent them. Pinhole Press makes the photo cards cute and modern. Keeping the tradition!

@russlee: (!/russlee) Oh my wife will send Christmas cards every year. She's a big fan if "real mail" & keeping in touch besides the internet.

@swagclub: (!/swagclub) We're old school, analog, die cut, special stamped to some super special tribe members. Wish I had your address.

@PolishedRoom: (!/PolishedRoom) Still planning on sending mine! There's a more personal element in receiving a physical card in the mail vs. getting an e-card.

By Alison Storm

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