Reasons to Mail Christmas Cards in the Age of Social Media and E-Cards

Updated on August 23, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Sending greeting cards is an integral part of the Christmas season, but more people than ever are ditching old-fashioned cards in favor of digital holiday messages.
Sending greeting cards is an integral part of the Christmas season, but more people than ever are ditching old-fashioned cards in favor of digital holiday messages. | Source

Christmas cards are sent to family members, friends, and neighbors to wish them a happy holiday during the festive season. It has long been a traditional way to connect with people far and near.

During the weeks leading up to Christmas, the postal service sees an increase in the mail due to people sending greeting cards. However, the increase is not as sharp now as it was before the rise of social media and online e-cards.

In 2016, an estimated 154.3 billion pieces of mail were sent. Even though that might appear to be a large number, it was down from 212.2 billion a few years before, according to the National Greeting Card Association.

Greeting card companies, dollar stores, and some grocery stores keep a supply of Christmas cards on hand for the minority of people who still purchase them.

How many of you buy and send Christmas cards? Instead, do you simply download one and send it free through one of your social media accounts? It is a matter of personal preference, but many people do not purchase as many Christmas cards as they have done in the past.

Have you ever wondered why some people still purchase and send them while others don't?

Why Fewer People Are Sending Christmas Cards

There are several reasons some people have stopped sending Christmas cards through the mail as they once did. Instead, they are sending digital cards.

  • There are thousands of cards available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other sites.
  • Cards are free online.
  • Virtual Christmas cards are delivered quickly.
  • It is more convenient and takes less time to click a button to send e-cards.
  • Postage rates are higher than they used to be.

Why Some People Still Send Christmas Cards

Even though social media is the reason for the decrease in sending Christmas cards through the mail, there are still some people who have not given up the tradition of sending handwritten cards. Here's why:

  • Christmas cards inside an addressed envelope are more personal.
  • It shows the sender took time, instead of just clicking a button online.
  • Cards are used as decorations around the house.
  • They follow a tradition their grandparents used.
  • Receiving a handful of cards in the mailbox is more rewarding than receiving digital cards in an inbox. It just isn't the same.
  • It shows a person put some thought into selecting the perfect card to send instead of having the computer select one.
  • Christmas cards can be held in the hand to read over and over again.
  • Some people save the cards they receive and hang them in the entryway or string them across the room on twine for decoration.
  • Some people use the cards as bookmarks to enjoy all year long.
  • Others save the prettiest cards each year to cut and use as gift tags the next Christmas.

Send the Right Type of Card

The key to choosing the right card is to keep in mind who the card is for and the message you want to convey. You won't send the same type of card to your grandmother that you send to your young niece or nephew. The younger generation might like a musical card or a talking card, or even a humorous one. Grandmothers might appreciate a different type with a handwritten note inside.

Whether you mail Christmas cards or send them via social media, put some thought into the ones you send. There are so many themes to choose from. Some people purchase religious-theme cards, winter scenes, or other holiday symbols, such as snowmen, reindeer, candles, Christmas trees, and bright lights. If you can't be with loved ones over the Christmas holiday, sending a well-thought-out card is the next best thing.

When displayed around the house, physical Christmas cards are a tangible reminder of the loved ones who sent them.
When displayed around the house, physical Christmas cards are a tangible reminder of the loved ones who sent them. | Source

Some people stand at the card rack and sort through the ones they want for friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers. They spend a considerable amount of time getting the right card for the right person.

You should buy for others what you would buy for yourself whether it is a Christmas card or a gift. Stories have been told about close friends who have sent each other identical cards because they know what each one likes.

My Preference

You will find out which way I prefer if your Christmas card comes from me in your mailbox or in your inbox.

Which way do you send your Christmas cards?

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    • Allain Christmas profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 months ago from Central Florida

      I'm struggling with this as my card list never gets finished each year. One year I start with A, the next year with Z. That way, at least every other year, someone gets a card from me.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Evelyn, I am with you all the way about E-cards. I tend not to open them right away because I know they are computer generated without much or any thought from the sender.

      I believe the perfect card comes from the HEART and not from the HAND on a computer button.

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      19 months ago

      I still send Christmas cards. I detest receiving e-cards for any event (birthdays, anniversaries and especially Christmas). I believe that even if someone cannot afford a card, they can use notebook paper to write a personal holiday greetings and sacrifice by buying a book of stamps. But, it’s more selfish for individuals to buy what they love and hit a button to send an e-card.

      I don’t open or acknowledge an e-card.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Jason, thanks for reading my article about buying and mailing Christmas cards instead of sending the virtual ones. Your comments make a lot of sense.

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      Jason Behm 

      19 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Marget!

      Interesting article. I am convinced that sending Christmas cards has many good reasons than the virtual ones! It could be a nice collection and would make a great scrapbook of Christmas cards. And if we want to look back and reminisce some good times. It would be of easy access.

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      Christian Writings 

      19 months ago

      I totally agree with you Margaret! I love snail mail especially at Christmas time! :)

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      19 months ago from Richmond, VA

      PoetikalyAnointed, Thanks for reading and sharing your comment about my Christmas card article.

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      19 months ago

      Hello Margaret,

      This was a lovely read. I've received all types of cards throughout my life and nothing compares to that. On the other hand, sending e-cards can add a fun and/or funny touch to the card. It really does depend on the receiver.

      The Christmas card at the beginning is simply Gorgeous.


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