Forget writing Christmas cards, give to charity instead

I have been doing lots of radio interviews this week and last about money saving for Christmas. How about not sending Christmas Cards this year?

How many Christmas cards do you write? All those family member, friends, work colleagues, friends of your children. It probably adds up to a lot. Maybe 100 cards, maybe more?

Let’s look at the time take to write those cards, a personalised message and digging out addresses. Maybe three to four hours of time. And then add on the cost. You have the cost of the cards plus the 56p per second class stamp it costs to post out the cards. You can easily spend £20 or £30 on cards and stamps.

Why send Christmas Cards?

But why? All that time and money spent sending a card with a note saying Happy Christmas, love from the James. I say STOP. Don’t waste the time, instead pop a little note onto social media to say you won’t be sending cards this year and instead give your £20 or £30 to charity.

Just imagine the impact if we as a nation stopped writing Christmas cards and gave that money to charity instead. The impact would be huge, there would such an influx of money going to charity.

Around five years ago I stopped sending cards. Every year I have given £20 to my charity of choice. It feels ever so good to give that money, and I have saved myself a load of time and pressure not writing Christmas cards.

Of course it means every year we receive less and less cards, but this is fine! I am really not sentimental about cards, they clutter up the house and might end up in the bin!

You might be crying bah-humbug. But I think the gift of money to charity is far better than the act of writing 100+ Christmas cards!

Here are some of the charities that I have given money to.

Grief Encounter

A wonderful charity who offers counselling and care to children who have been bereaved. This is a charity that I have regularly supported for many years and wish something like this had been around when I lost my parents. They offer such an important service that makes such a difference to young peoples lives. I love what they do.

Blue Cross

We are a family of animal lovers and I have always had two cats. My cats always come from the rescue home. We got Trev from as a kitten from the Blue Cross two years ago. They are a charity of wonderful volunteers who would love an extra donation.

Forget writing Christmas cards

Macmillan Cancer Support

We have all been affected by cancer in some way, be that with family or friends. The Macmillan nurses do such a caring, amazing job that I have always felt inclined to give money to this charity.

I hope reading this encourages you to do the same, lets make a huge difference together. Let me know your charity of choice.

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8 Responses

  1. I support the AH&S Assoc.because it is near and dear to my heart. I lost my son in his 30s to a stroke. I also volunteer with them. You have made some excellent suggestions instead of sending Christmas cards. I also volunteer at the American Red Cross and posted your suggestions all over the office. Knowledge is power. I also posted all over Facebook. I am trying to get the word out.

    Thank you for your many suggestions. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Eileen Beck

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  3. I completely agree with you, thank you for bringing up such an important topic. It’s very important to wish it from the heart and consciously, and no matter how much it’s, everything starts with small. I recently wrote a paper on this topic using a service I found on this source Charity is great and I’m convinced of the importance of sharing this topic so that more people know about it and I’m sure that many will want to join this common cause.

  4. I note that this post is filed under ‘money saving’ as opposed to ‘giving’.
    I send over 80 Christmas cards a year. Cards I buy directly from various charities to support them. In each card I write a little note. It means so much when we hear from people we have not seen – especially this year when we have been so restricted.
    The postage is high yes, but I think not in the big scheme of staying in touch. Surely the point of cards?
    I also give to charity at this time of year – so no-one loses. I just might not save as much money.
    It does seem to me that those who post on facebook that they are giving money to charity instead of sending cards are those who never liked writing cards anyway.

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