It’s set to be a very different Christmas than what we’re used to – will you be sticking with the old tradition of sending cards in the post this year?
Will you be sending Christmas cards to your family and friends this year?
A YouGov survey commissioned by Royal Mail has shown 55% of people think that it’s more important than ever amid the pandemic. The survey says this will result in an increase of 10 more cards sent than usual.
With the Christmas period drawing nearer, the strain on Royal Mail is already evident: a number of parcels and greeting cards are taking longer to arrive.
Are cards still a Christmas necessity?
I have a small family, so I’m going to opt for delivering cards locally where I can this year. For the parts of my family who live overseas, we generally do cards and messages online, and catch up via video calls.
I asked around at Which? if people would be sending cards this year, Sneha told me:
“I’m pretty useless! I don’t tend to send Christmas cards and I don’t think that the pandemic will change that either way. I’m not hugely fussed about Christmas cards myself, but if I do ever get them they are a nice surprise.
If anything I just tend to send texts or WhatsApp messages on the day itself. If I’m honest I’m just not organised enough to send cards and I’m not sure they’re always wise expense. If I am going to do cards this year it’ll just be for some of my neighbours around where I live”
But Katie thinks they’re essential, especially for those who may feel isolated due to the hardships this year has brought on us all:
“My personal opinion is that because it’s been a difficult year we need to ensure the nice things, like Christmas cards in the post, don’t disappear. Now more than ever some loved ones might feel isolated and may not have access to a computer.
So I would encourage people to send cards but to take a second thought on whether they could say: ‘Seasons Greetings’ another way!”
If you are sending cards this year, Royal Mail has recommended people get them in the post early – the last posting date for second class mail is December 18, and December 23 for first class.
So how do you feel about Christmas cards in 2020? Will you be sending them in the post, or are you tending to opt or sending your festive greetings online?
How will you be sending Christmas greetings this year?
In the post (76%, 50 Votes)
Virtual greeting card (9%, 6 Votes)
WhatsApp/text message (6%, 4 Votes)
I won't be sending Christmas greetings this year (6%, 4 Votes)
Other (let us know!) (3%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 66