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Sending Christmas cards comes back into fashion

By Chris Dawson December 12, 2012 - 1:19 am

Research by Royal Mail reveal that people don’t want e-cards this Christmas. When it comes to receiving or sending a Christmas card, 80% of people prefer to receive a traditional card to any kind of electronic festive wishes or social media messages, new research has revealed. In fact, one in four people describe Christmas well-wishes on social media as feeling “a bit empty” or impersonal.

In 2011, the average person sent 15 Christmas cards, but this year the research found that this will rise to an expected 19 cards per person. This is partly attributed to a fifth of people planning to send more cards this year as they feel bad about forgetting to send a card to someone who was expecting one last year.

That being the case there’s not much longer to ensure your loved one gets a card this Christmas. The last posting dates for delivery by Christmas within the UK are:
• 1st Class Thursday 20th December
• 2nd Class Tuesday 18th December
• Special Delivery Saturday 22nd December

You’ve pretty much missed the boat for mail to the rest of the world to be delivered before Christmas, however posting by Wednesday 12th December (today!) will still get your Christmas cards delivered to Western Europe by Airmail.

If you’re sending parcels within the UK then the last posting dates are:
• Standard Parcels Thursday 13th December
• Tracked Wednesday 19th December
• High Volume Tracked Thursday 20th December
• Tracked Next Day Friday 21st December

  • 9 years ago

    They never went out of fashion. The Brits spend more per capita on cards than any other country.
    Also during harder economic times card sending goes up.
    Unfortunately RM are making it more prohibitive with rising prices, especially internationally.
    We’ve found that for overseas family and friends it is less to have photo cards printed and sent from the country than RM charge for post. We may not be hand writing them but designing and uploading our own pics makes them very personal and they’re being kept more than standard cards do.

    RM have been slow at catching up with changing times. They’re still a few years behind.

  • 9 years ago

    It must be said that at 50p for a second class stamp, that RM have done more to kill my Christmas card sending this year than ecards ever did.

  • puddleglums rest
    9 years ago

    oh well its nice to know its the 50p not my attitude and demeanor thats the problem

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