It’s that time of year…

…for Christmas cards and holiday cards. Did you know that:

Americans send 1.6 billion holiday cards annually.
Women purchase an estimated 80% of all greeting cards.
E-cards have become an environmentally friendly alternative to paper cards.
Christmas cards originated in London, where Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first in 1843.
Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.
Despite the separation of church and state, it’s customary for the President and First Lady to send White House Christmas cards each holiday season.
Calvin Coolidge issued the first official Christmas message to the American people in 1927.

So whose on your Christmas card list? The friendly folks at Grammarly have put together a fun infographic to help you figure out who should get a card. Enjoy!

Holiday Card Flow Chart Infographic2

Do you send Christmas cards or holiday cards?

17 thoughts on “It’s that time of year…

  1. Ugh. Another year where I ran out of time, so no cards going out. Maybe I’ll have time for a FB post, but that wasn’t on the infographic, so I don’t think that counts. Because I’m so behind, let me just write to you here and now… Happy holidays to you and yours!

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    • Hi, Staci. Those warm holiday greetings are returned in kind 🙂 I thought I would get to mailing out cards too, but it didn’t happen this year. I used to do it faithfully, but have been shirking off the last few years.

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  2. Yep, behind as usual on sending out Christmas letters. Figure that’s the easiest way to update all the relatives I never see anymore except for weddings and funerals. Would love to just do e-cards, but when your grandmas are 92+, paper rules. Then there’s the photo cards that everyone is doing. Great! Except I suck at taking pictures. Letter it is. After Xmas. Happy holidays, Mae!

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    • I have a friend in Texas who does a holiday letter every year and it’s a really fun way to catch up. Just got a photo card of my new nephew too. One good thing, there certainly is a lot of variety in choices. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Julie!

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  3. This is exactly what I’m doing this morning, sending out my cards. I love receiving cards in the mail, but it can get overwhelming trying to figure out who gets one and who doesn’t. Love the infograph!

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    • Yep, that’s what Grammarly thought, too. They also have another one for family members, but I couldn’t fit both. They tell me they wanted to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the holidays. Glad you enjoyed it, Sue, and good luck with mailing those cards! Merry Christmas!

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  4. I have a huuuuge list. Mostly friends and acquaintances.Luckily, the internet has a wide variety for all ages and relationships.
    To tell you the truth I can’t remember when I last sent a paper greeting card. Or received one.
    I have a big collection of paper greeting cards and I like to look at them from time to time.
    I think it’s the same situation as with e-books/paper5 books. I love paperbacks and yet I read mostly e-books.
    I take advantage of the opportunity and wish you and all your followers a Merry Christmas, ful of health, wealth and good books!
    Carmen
    PS your promo is live:
    http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/2015/12/guest-promo-cxiii-mae-clair-latest.html

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    • Hi, Carmen. Sounds like you are very busy in the Christmas card department when the holiday rolls around. I have a collection of special greeting cards I’ve saved over the years too, and it’s always a pleasure to look back through them. Thanks for the holiday wishes. Sending wishes for a bright and happy Christmas to you and yours, too. And thank you for the promo. I got hit with a horrendous cold yesterday and am just surfacing after nearly 14 hours of sleep. At least, it will be outta here by Christmas (I hope!).

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  5. I haven’t sent out cards in years! I always wait until it’s too late, so I end up not doing it. One year, our preacher and his family sent out New Year’s cards, which I thought was kind of cool. You think it’s all over then you get this nice card after Christmas.

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    • New Year’s cards! That’s a great idea! New Year’s seems to be an underrated holiday, but it’s actually one of my favorite. There’s something magical about the passage of one year into the next.
      Merry Christmas, Lauralynn!

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    • I think a lot of people have gone the route of FB for their holiday greetings. Although I agree, Susan, that there is something nice about getting that paper greeting card in your mailbox. Hope your holidays are filled with laughter and good cheer!

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  6. Mr Wonderful handles most of that for us. We send a few cards by snail mail and some through facebook. I have kept all correspondence in a file box for years. I keep thinking I will do something with the cards some day but….who knows if I ever will. Happy holidays to you and yours. I hope the new year brings you all you wish for, Mae. 🙂

    sherry @ fundinmental

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