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Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 12:32 pm    Post subject: Christmas Card - Alternatives  Reply with quote    

I just don't want to send them this year - it seems such a waste of paper and energy, I feel like I'm being sucked into worshiping at the alter of St Clintons (even if I make my own cards) and yet I still want to let our friends and family know we care.

Can we think of alternatives that have less of an impact?

It would be interesting to know what other Downsizers do.

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a friend who sends emails out with festive/seasonal wishes in and also the names of the charities he is donating to instead of buying and posting cards.

I did this last year for friends and family (well, those of my family who have email). Most people liked it, my mother thought it was dreadful. So win/win for me and I'll be doing it again this year.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I havent sent cards for donkeys years. What I do instead is fund at least one tree planting each year (or plant one myself if I have the chance) and tell everyone that they have a share in that tree. We send, probably, about 3 cards a year to cover just those people who really don't get it, (got a couple of neighbours who would consider it a mortal slight if they didnt get a card) but apart from that, its the annual tree in lieu of cards.

boisdevie1



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Here in France most people don't get into all that sort of rubbish. So I've adopted the methods here and don't bother sending any. Seems like such a waste of time, money and materials.

Tinks



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
I havent sent cards for donkeys years. What I do instead is fund at least one tree planting each year (or plant one myself if I have the chance) and tell everyone that they have a share in that tree. We send, probably, about 3 cards a year to cover just those people who really don't get it, (got a couple of neighbours who would consider it a mortal slight if they didnt get a card) but apart from that, its the annual tree in lieu of cards.


That's a beautiful idea.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Christmas Card - Alternatives Reply with quote    

I have to say I'm with you on this one Penny. The sending of Christmas cards is an early Victorian concept and the idea was to send a card only to those people that you hadn't been in touch with since the previous Christmas, just to let them know that they were still in your thoughts.

However, it's now been turned into a modern day socially acceptable bad habit. I utterly resent sending cards to people I see every day - particularly those I work with every day. Why? I see them all the time. So my answer, at work at least, is to put a large box of sweets on a table, with a notice saying "Mary-Jane wishes you all a Merry Christmas - help yourselves"

But as for friends and family that 'expect' cards - I'm still puzzling over that one. We tend just not to bother at all - save for the few 'simply have to' folk.

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As so often on downsizer there's an appropriate article.

jamsam



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

subject close to my heart..or wallet..
ive made 5 and sent them today (two international) and thats it..i refuse to let the kids take any to school, but how do i let the parents know that instead of me looking like a complete non- festive git??

i was going to send a big charity card into school for all the teachers syaing i dont want to send any this year..but im sure the boys will be nagging me..arrghh

Green Man



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our children's school has had the great idea to 'save the planet' and each child should only bring one card in for the whole class. My eldest is going to send an e-card.

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jamsam wrote:
subject close to my heart..or wallet..
ive made 5 and sent them today (two international) and thats it..i refuse to let the kids take any to school, but how do i let the parents know that instead of me looking like a complete non- festive git??

i was going to send a big charity card into school for all the teachers syaing i dont want to send any this year..but im sure the boys will be nagging me..arrghh


That's the issue isn't it - letting people know you're not ignoring them I will do the tree thing, the woodland trust do some sposor a sapling things, so I'll do that instead. But how do I tell my great neices and nephews that Great Aunty Penny is not ignoring them - she's planted a tree instead. I could send them a card of course

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like the idea of e-cards / emails, but too often they take ages to download and the animations don't work (on dial-up). This really annoys me, and completely detracts from the sender's intention. I end up cursing folk I otherwise love dearly.

I make my own cards. There are a lot of people I don't see that often, and others who still enjoy receiving cards (mainly older people).

But I too would not send cards to people I see daily etc.

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Penny wrote:
But how do I tell my great neices and nephews that Great Aunty Penny is not ignoring them - she's planted a tree instead. I could send them a card of course


Skype them?

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hedgewitch wrote:
Penny wrote:
But how do I tell my great neices and nephews that Great Aunty Penny is not ignoring them - she's planted a tree instead. I could send them a card of course


Skype them?



wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I only send cards to people I won't see, but would like to (reletives in far flung places) everyone who's remotely up to date will get an email, saying I have donated to charity instead. I resent sending cards to people I see all the time - why can't I just say merry christmas and mean it?

I like the tree idea, and I might make a gingerbread house to take to work this year.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 06 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I do the tin of biscuits at work. Do you think it's acceptable to ask them all not to send me cards. I just find it ridiculous and pointless.

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