I’m not being a Scrooge, I promise! I love giving gifts and I love Christmas, but this year we are not sending Christmas cards and asking friends and relatives not to send us and. And this is not just for Christmas, we won’t be sending any cards for the rest of the year (Committing to forever feels a bit challenging right now). “Why?” I hear you cry. There are a few reasons:
I get upset throwing them in the (recycling) bin.
Ok, this sounds like a bit of a silly excuse but I really do hate taking down cards and throwing them in the bin. If you read my post about hoarding you will know that I find it hard to get rid of things that people have given me. Greetings cards are just as difficult for me to throw away. I know you may be screaming at your computer screen that I should be thrifty and re-use the card to make labels for presents, but there are only so many labels I need. And now that we have moved to the tiniest house the size of a static caravan I have no where to store them for a year. So, I would just rather not receive them. Each year D and my family send me gorgeous (and pricey) cards for my birthday from Paperchase and I love having them on display. But taking them down is so hard and then I have the heartache of throwing them away.
It’s not great for the environment
300,000 trees are felled to make the 1 billion Christmas cards that are sent in the UK each year. Now that’s a friggin’ lot of trees! And then they get thrown away. Yes, some may get recycled but not all of them. Let’s use that buzz word; I’m being green!
There’s a card for every occasion.
It started with Christmas and birthdays and valentines’ but now there’s a card for Easter, for moving house and for passing your driving test. I bet there’s even a ‘congratulations for starting your period’ card if I look hard enough. The well-know term ‘Hallmark holiday’ describes this phenomenon perfectly, and in my opinion it’s just ridiculous. The card I do feel is appropriate and necessary is a sympathy card to people who have lost a loved one. For me, a card is a good way of sending your best wishes and thoughts without causing possible distress which could be felt from direct communication with the person in mourning.
They cost a lot of money.
Again I hear you shouting to me that I should make cards. Normally I do. But it’s the price of posting them that is silly. Each 2nd class stamp costs 50p! Knowing that the card that I paid 50p to send will just end up in the bin makes me a little sad. It just feels like a waste of money that could have been spent on something better, like charity. So, this Christmas we are going to donate the money we would normally spend on cards, to the RSPB. This is my favourite wildlife charity and one that I used to work for. I’m sure we will receive the odd card here and there but I’m sure our decision will be understood and hopefully some of our friends and family will donate the money they would have normally spend on our card, to their chosen charity.
PS. Do you think my decision is unreasonable? I would