The Christmas cards have arrived!

Has anything lovely been appearing in your mailbox recently? I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the post office has delivered you some very happy seasons greetings.

Aside from having lots of fun making my own cards for the ‘Creative Collective Handmade Christmas Card Swap‘, it was also lovely to receive such a delightful collection of handmade cards through the mail.

I’m hoping the senders won’t mind me sharing their beautiful cards with you. I certainly think they’re a lovely mix.

From top left and travelling clockwise:

I think I’m getting slacker and slacker with sending out Christmas cards each year, and that of course means that my pile of ‘received’ cards has been growing proportionally smaller. Next year will be the year when I finally get myself re-organised! (… though I’m pretty sure I’ve heard myself say that before!).

Have your ‘hard copy’ Christmas card exchanges been shrinking too? I must admit that I’ve never been much of an ‘e-card’ girl.


  1. Gabrielle Bryden

    I’m not an e-card fan – it reeks of laziness to me (hear that Dad!!!!!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’ve never much liked e-card either (but do I gather that some in your family like to send them?).

      For some reason they almost seem worse than not sending a physical card at all … I think I’d prefer people not to bother rather than click ‘send’ on one of those.

  2. leyla

    I’m not a fan of e-cards, but I’m not good at hard copy cards either. We only received a few this year. I hope the tradition doesn’t disappear all together.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Leyla – It seems few people like receiving e-cards … we must get the message out to people that send them! I must admit that I’m a bit slack at sending out ‘real’ cards too … so it was nice to participate in the card swap this year to change that a little. I’m hoping that next year I’ll be much better prepared and send out cards to all those I intend to! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Caz

    Your handmade cards both sent and received look just lovely. Like you I’ve noticed a dwindling of cards received over the past couple of years but we make up for it with the kids recieving ‘Christmas post’ from their friends every day for two weeks before the end of term!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures next year.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – I think I did rather well on the Christmas cards this year … though if I hadn’t participated in the card swap, I think my pile of received cards may have been smaller still. I think next year I should start planning my card sending much earlier so that I have a chance of meeting those mailing deadlines.

      I love how your kids receive ‘Christmas post’ from their friends … that’s so sweet!

      Merry Christmas to you too – I hope you had a fabulous day. Here’s to a great start to a fantastic 2011 too!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Not much of an e-card fan here either! I’ve been good about the present thing this year, but a bit slack on the cards. I only sent out about 12, which was reduced to fit into my short deadline (because I left it too late). Arrgggh!

    I’ve been late with cards before… and then I sometimes send Happy New Year cards instead!!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog this year…. it’s been so wonderful to meet you and discover your delightful and thoughtful posts!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Chrissy, and a fabulous New Year! Look forward to chatting in 2011.

    Big hugs,

    Linda. xoxox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I wonder if anyone likes receiving e-cards? Based on comments here I think that it would have to be very few (if any). I think I’ve had a similar year to you ‘Christmas-prep’ wise – I was good on the presents, but just never got myself properly organised with the Christmas cards.

      I’m thinking of trying for the revised festive season card sending deadline of ‘new years’ too – it’s certainly another occasion worth celebrating!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks to you too Linda – it’s been an absolute delight to chat with you both here and on your own beautiful and super-stylish blog. I certainly count you amongst my ‘very good blog people’! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Christmas and that New Year is a wondrous new beginning to another long list of adventures! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Take care

  5. Fairchild Street

    I am really over Christmas cards and only sent out a small number. I was terrible this year. I really should start and make cards and do it way in advance to make them more special. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – I think sometimes it’s hard to get everything done that we mean too, especially at traditionally busy times of year like Christmas. I think starting Christmas card preparations earlier in the year will be a key for me too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Enjoy your summer holiday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. danica

    the bunting card is my fave – so lovely and tactile!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – Oh yes, I love the bunting card too … although I am a sucker for anything featuring cute animals, so the rudolph card and the winter village are lovely too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Mel

    I don’t much like e-cards either, to be honest! I made about 65 cards this year (thank goodness I’d picked a very simple design!!) We used them all, too….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – It seems we all prefer the ‘real’ christmas cards to the emailed variety … I do think it’s nice to go to at least a little effort to send seasons greetings.

      Gosh, I can’t believe you made 65 cards?!?!?! That’s incredible Mel – full credit to you!

      You must have 65 very happy recipients!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. bobbi

    E-cards? Whoever sends me an e-card get cancelled from my list of friends. I know it’s easier, but a card it’s not a letter, just buy one, write down something short and nice and send it. There, done it. I was making a conversation like this with a friend of mine: it seem like a lot of people we know are depressed and with little number of friends…but what do they do? They write on facebook for hours. And I bet they send
    e-cards!! To me the easiest way has always offerd little reward in return, and that’s for everything in life I believe. Did I just declare war to e-cards, and facebook addicts?
    Oh. Merry Christmas…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Haha … gosh you made me laugh at your reaction to someone sending you an e-card. Just too funny (and I think I’d have to agree with you there). You’re so right – sending a card doesn’t require much effort at all, but it’s much, much nicer than receiving something electronically from someone that they could have just forwarded on from someone else … kind of takes the ‘specialness’ of it away.

      Ah yes, I often wonder about who spend all the time ‘chatting’ online … haha, and you’re probably right – they’re the ones that are sending out e-cards! Yuck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I do believe you did just declare an official war on e-card senders and facebook addicts … and I’m right there with you! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Merry Christmas to you too!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. ejorpin

    Oh that is a gorgeous collection of handmade cards! I was in the swap too and I am so happy with the cards I received – I’ll definitely be looking for a similar swap next year (I might even host one, if I’m not having a total pre-xmas melt down…)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – I agree, such a lovely collection of handmade Christmas cards. I really love how different they all are, beautifully reflective of their creators! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It sounds like you had fun being in the card swap this year too … I think hosting one yourself would be great … but yes, pending any of that pre-xmas stress.

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