Spotted a report today in USA Today that confirms what I already suspected: Fewer people are mailing Christmas cards this year, thanks to economic and personal factors.
According to the story: "The U.S. Postal Service reported an 11% decline in cancellations of first-class cards and letters Dec. 1-13 — when most Americans mail holiday cards — compared to 2008. The post office expects to deliver 16.6 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Dec. 24, down from 19 billion last year, said spokesman Michael Woods."
And the evidence is apparent in my own mailbox: The cards I've received this year are a trickle compared to years past. Now, to be fair, I myself haven't been sending out cards recently, what with the financial and time challenges I have faced these past couple of years.
Instead, I've chosen to put together an e-card and send my sincere holiday wishes to loved ones via cyberspace. The sentiments are still the same; the mode of communication is just different.
This option is a win-win, in several ways: Saves time, saves stamps, AND saves the planet.