Do you still send loads of Christmas cards, or do you think they’re a thing of the past? More and more of us aren’t doing it anymore, and Royal Mail say they handle more parcels than cards at this time of year.
Some people still reckon they’re a nice way to say Happy Christmas, or stay in touch. But others think that’s rubbish; ‘send an email’, they say. ‘It’s quicker, cheaper, and a whole lot better for the environment too’.
In previous years I’ve run a big Christmas Card competition with local schools, and had tremendous fun choosing the best designs from literally hundreds of entries before getting them specially printed and sent to friends, neighbours and other MPs everywhere.
But last year, as I took down the decorations on twelfth night and chucked hundreds of cards in the bin, I started to wonder whether I was being a bit old-fashioned. Maybe the environmentalists have a point. Perhaps, in these days of texts, emails, social media and WhatsApp messages, when you can Skype someone in Australia and speak to them face to face for nothing, a card doesn’t make sense anymore? Perhaps the days when a Christmas card was the once-a-year opportunity to let someone know they’re in your thoughts are over?
So I’m trying a year off. To be honest, it feels a bit weird. And if I don’t like it, or friends and family give me grief about it, I might go back to sending lots of cards again next year. But if you think I’ve got it wrong then please, by all means, write and tell me so..… on a postcard, of course!