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.
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.
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.
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.