General chatter - So how many Xmas cards did you send out?




ennay
12-18-2006, 01:02 AM
Every year I try to cut back and every year I have toooooo many.

93 so far this year. :p


lizziness
12-18-2006, 01:16 AM
wow. i don't even know 93 people.

i had 4. i have a few more but i don't have addresses. i'm not including the cards that were in packages i sent though...

not that it matters or that i'm counting or anything, but i'm still waiting to receive any myself.. it's still early though.

Sassy_Chick
12-18-2006, 02:12 AM
This is kinda funny. I am not sure how many I sent out, but I had quite the stack when going to the postbox. I gave my DH the cards (we were in the car and he was by the postbox) I had and I even accidentally gave him one that I just had our friends name and his cats name on, (just as a little joke, he just got a new kitty) with no address, as we were going to go and visit him. I bet the postperson is going to love reading that!

On the outside it has our friends name and then Phantom & Ashe (his kitties names)! :lol: I bet they will think, "Wow what kind of name is Phantom for a kid?" lol!!!! Ashe I could see, but imagine a kid named Phantom? Poor kid! lol. Of course there is probably someone who has named their kid that or worse I'm sure!

If that isn't bad enough, I signed it from my DH & I and our two cats, "Baxter", which I could see as a "child's name", but our other cat's name is "Puddy". :lol:

We have no kitty smilies. :( We need one! lol.

Also don't mean to offend anybody if you happen to have children named Phantom and/or Puddy! I just really feel for them! lol.

Anyways I figured I would share and give someone a laugh. :rofl:


Tara D
12-18-2006, 07:50 AM
Just 5!

FrouFrou
12-18-2006, 12:57 PM
I lost count after 5 boxes and having to go buy more! About 80 of those were family and friends. Then I sent about 36 to the military hospital for wounded soldiers, about 20 to sick children that I send cards to on a regular basis and then some of my military mom friends sent addresses to send a card to a soldier that they know and so on and son on. I have never in my life sent that many cards. Usually get 30-50 mailed but this year with my son being in the Army it has been crazy. I also bought boxes of cards to send to the Troops...about 25 I think, can't remember. A local radio station here was collecting boxed Christmas cards to send to the Troops so that they could send cards home to their loved ones. So that got me thinking...everything seems to go to Baghdad so I sent DS 6 boxes for his Unit.

POOKIE88
12-18-2006, 01:58 PM
My list has grown to over 100. Next year I would love to trim this number down.

The funny thing is you never can be sure who to take off the list.
One example: there was a couple who have not returned my cards for a couple of years now and I was all ready to take them off my list this year.
But a few months ago I bumped into them when they unexpectedly showed up at my Mom's Memorial Mass. Afterwards, we were talking about various other things and all of a sudden she grabbed my hand and told me she really looks forward to my Christmas Card and photo each year. She explained that she just never got around to sending out cards the last couple of years, but she really enjoys getting them and she thanked me for it. She even said she hangs the cards up!

The other thing is that I would completely lose contact with some of these people if it were not for the fact that we exchange Christmas cards and keep each other up to date on what is happening in our lives. Some of these people were so kind and generous to either me or my Mom in the past, so I would hate to completely lose contact with them now.

I am always looking for ways to make the whole thing a bit easier. I have made up mailing labels on my computer so I don't have to write out the envelopes etc. I also type up a little letter to enclose in the card. But somehow the whole thing still takes so long. Next year I will try to start earlier in the year and maybe trim a few names off the list ( hope so anyway!!) I will also continue to look for ways to make the whole process a bit easier and faster :-) --Pookie

ennay
12-18-2006, 02:01 PM
Yeah, my list was over 120 2 years ago and I keep paring down, but then I feel bad. I definitely send out more than I get, but I also ...well this is the only way I keep in contact with some folks.

And after my dad died, I do feel its my job to take over the Xmas cards for his relatives.

I never think it is too bad until I go to buy stamps.

POOKIE88
12-18-2006, 02:17 PM
Same with me Ennay, a bunch of the names are people who showed a lot of kindness to my Mom before she died. I am really grateful to them and I depended on them because Mom lived so far away from me. So I do want to maintain some sort of contact with them.

I also sent out quite a few "Sweet Shack" gift sets from Bath and Body Works this year to the folks who were very kind to Mom. I figure they could have all those YUMMY Holiday smells in the shower, but no added CALORIES :-) --Pookie

blueberry3
12-18-2006, 04:42 PM
about 20! Didnt have the time this year to do more!

alinnell
12-18-2006, 04:50 PM
I only sent one. I feel like such a Scrooge. But where do you find the time? I just finished my shopping and have about half of the presents wrapped. I haven't even decorated yet! Perhaps if I weren't sitting here at work.

Sexy Bookworm
12-18-2006, 05:55 PM
I'm sending out one card this year to my aunt who is now estranged from everyone else in the family. What can I say, my dumb ol' bleeding heart misses her terribly. :(

mandalinn82
12-18-2006, 07:19 PM
I think the final list was 40. Not too bad - I'm sure its only going to get worse.

BlueToBlue
12-18-2006, 09:00 PM
So far I haven't sent out a single one. But I have finished the draft of the letter for relatives (it came out to 4 pages this year), I just need to finish personalizing it for each of the 3 relatives that get it. The relatives are also getting homemade guava jelly this year (I've got 68 jars of the stuff, got to get rid of it). For friends I normally include a handwritten note-it's looking like I'll do those on the plane to Chicago on Wednesday. All told, it will probably be around 10-15 cards that get sent out.

liz321
12-19-2006, 12:27 AM
zero....but I don't have any friends or family that I only contact at xmas so it has no effect on whether or not I am in touch with people.

It is something that I stopped doing due to cost.... 51 cents a card...I have decided to change my focus at xmas, which I feel for so many years was falling into the category of excess...this year we are trying to recycle, reuse, regift...and do charity in the inner city....instead of a huge family xmas dinner that is stressful and meaningless due to the sheer numbers and efforts of finding a big enough place and all the organization that goes into that...we are inviting people over on xmas day that don't have family to be with....can't imagine ever going back to cards....and while we are on the topic...I hate cards that are just signed with a name....depressing!

Liz

mandalinn82
12-19-2006, 12:41 AM
Liz - thats why I like having a smaller list. Everyone gets a personalized note.

I also used them as save-the-date cards, sort of, for my wedding in April. Made sure we said "hope we see you on April 21st!" on them all - dual purpose!

liz321
12-19-2006, 12:45 AM
Good thinking!

Liz

BlueToBlue
12-19-2006, 03:42 AM
I hate cards that are just signed with a name....depressing!

Or even worse, when people can't even be bothered to sign their name! These days we get cards where the names are pre-printed on the card (and who knows what they had to pay to have that done--probably more than $.51 a card). I tell myself that it's nice to get the card (who doesn't like getting mail and sometimes the pictures on the front are pretty), but I am always a little disappointed.

I always include a personal note or a letter. I figure if I can't be bothered to send a personal note, why am I sending the card at all. That's how I keep the card list to 10-15 people. Isn't the whole point to try to keep in touch?

Sassy_Chick
12-19-2006, 04:00 AM
You wanna know whats even worse? I received a postcard from a friend and heres the best part, it wasn't even a holiday postcard, it was one of those from Sears. It does say I can use it to get one free picture taken, but still......I would at least put that inside a card, not send that as my Christmas Card!

I dunno, guess its the thought that counts, right? :shrug:

ennay
12-19-2006, 11:16 PM
Really? I love all the Xmas cards I get. The one with a braggy newsletter, the ones from people who use a computer to print name and addresses, the ones from people I can barely remember who they are. Makes me feel the world is just a tiny bit smaller. I even like the emailed newsletter. I print them out and put them over the fireplace with all the "real cards"

Just like the christmas cheer, however it comes.

BerkshireGrl
12-19-2006, 11:45 PM
...I figure if I can't be bothered to send a personal note, why am I sending the card at all. That's how I keep the card list to 10-15 people. Isn't the whole point to try to keep in touch?

Amen!! ;)

I sent out 19 this year, complete with notes inside that took me a lot longer to write than I remembered it all taking last year; 3 nights!... and so far got 3. Bah! Nobody writes RealMail anymore, it's all e-mail. Poopy! :p

Pretty soon, I'll be turning into Miss Manners II, pining for personalized stationary, fountain pens and wax seals. Hmm, might have crept up on me already :D

jcatron243
12-20-2006, 12:47 PM
I sent out about 40. I send pictures of the kids (this year we even had a family photo taken). This year I bought photo cards that came with our names on them, it saved me a ton of time! I like getting cards, but I want people to know we are thinking of them over the Holidays. There are only 4 people who I don't see and it is the only time we keep in touch. I wish I had the time to personalize them all, I really do, but I am not that good.

ennay
12-20-2006, 01:11 PM
I sent out about 40. I send pictures of the kids (this year we even had a family photo taken). This year I bought photo cards that came with our names on them, it saved me a ton of time! I like getting cards, but I want people to know we are thinking of them over the Holidays. There are only 4 people who I don't see and it is the only time we keep in touch. I wish I had the time to personalize them all, I really do, but I am not that good.

Amen !!

mandalinn82
12-20-2006, 01:20 PM
I'm sure I'll get to a point where I don't have time to personalize them. I'm happy for every card I receive - heck, they have to be addressed, right? So Someone is thinking of me while they look up my address, write it on the envelope, and stick on the stamp, and thats enough...I just happen to be in a place in my life where I have the time to personalize them, so I do.

And cards with pictures are the best!

FrouFrou
12-20-2006, 02:06 PM
I do the printed cards at times...but I will do the family name and a message and then sign our individual names. As far as a message...I do a short newsletter to catch everyone up on our lives...people that we don't see often. And most years we do the picture card as well. We took a break for two years, not sure why...but did this year, just me and hubby. Can't get the kids in to get a picture anymore. But I always include them in a card, not just an envelope.

Someone mentioned taking people off the list...I used to go by the "two year rule" if you hadn't received a card from a person in the last two years to not send anymore. Well, it was those times that I was going to cross some off my list when I received a card with a messege and they appreciated that we always thought of them, it meant a lot to them even though they didn't always send cards. So it totally depends on the person/people.

I get tired of the holidays at times but never of sending cards. I love to send Christmas cards, lol! I love to dress up the envelope with matching address labels and seals and the newest Christmas stamp. That and being with my family are the best things about the holidays for me!

ennay
12-20-2006, 02:43 PM
I dont remove people if they dont send me cards usually. It depends on their category. I mean there certainly have been years when I didnt do cards.

I guess I remove people who I have no meaningful relationship with (ex work contacts) who I havent even gotten email or anything for a few years. And who arent potential business contacts I will need if I ever reenter the workforce.

Its really hard for me to remove people.

And like Manda, this year's cards did serve double duty...I used them as birth announcements too. And of course to send out pics of my gorgeous children...:)

About 30 of mine are professional contacts. About 30 are people I chat online with every day but this way they get a "real picture" and about 20 of mine are remote family members that I really have never met, but keep in touch with out of courtesy to my dad's memory. The rest usually get the generic card because that has the Xmas photo and
then quite often get a second personalized card if we exchange gifts.

Kim_Star060404
12-20-2006, 03:32 PM
This year, we sent out about 30. That number will, I'm sure increase with time, but I'm happy with it for now. I enjoy getting any kind of card possible...it lets me know that someone is at least thinking about us. Taking some time out to lick an envelope and stick a stamp is all the time I need for someone to spend on me!

Its just myself and DH, so I just jot a little note of well wishes and then sign our names. I wanted to do a newsletter, but I think I'll save that for next year when we'll hopefully have a little bundle of joy to talk about!

brandewijn
12-20-2006, 03:32 PM
I think I sent out about 40. All included a picture of Hayden with Santa.

almostheaven
12-21-2006, 03:28 PM
Too much going on this year that it was a rush job and I didn't count. Somewhere between 40 and 50 I'd guess. Probably missed a few. We always create our own. We stuck with that this year, but only a small postcard style. I didn't have time to design and print full cards. So here's a question...how far does everyone send their cards? LOL I've gone as far as New Zeland and Australia. This year's longest however was Hawaii.

mandalinn82
12-21-2006, 03:35 PM
I had one card go to Spain, one to Taiwan, and one to Guam. Spain was kind of cheating, though, as it was sent on a plane with someone who was going to visit the person who is there...still, my card arrived!

Linds81
12-21-2006, 05:19 PM
I sent out 30... I try to put a personal note in all of the cards. Some notes are longer than others, but it's still a handwritten note none the less.

EZMONEY
12-21-2006, 10:57 PM
We didn't end out any x-mas cards....but we did send out about 50 CHRISTmas cards with the braggy letter ;)