I've seen a few posts, mostly from Facebook contacts saying something like "this year we are donating to charitiy instead of sending Christmas cards."
But I really don't see the point. If you feel that you should be giving to charity, and have some spare money, then do so. If not, then don't.
But please don't tell me that you've decided to give the £20 you would have spent on cards and stamps to charity instead, because that just doesn't make any sense.
Not that I'm disappointed to not get a card - Facebook, Linkedin et al have largely blunted the point of sending Christmas cards to those people whom I only ever said hi to at Christmas - I can randomly say hi to them anytime I like now, and I don't have to buy a stamp, or try to remember where they live.
And that's a good thing, as quite a large proportion of my friends have moved abroad. These are exactly the people that I would normally want to send cards to, but wont, partly because I'm not organized enough to buy and send the cards in enough time for them to arrive by Christmas, and partly because I'm too tight to spend all that money on postage.
So, if you didn't get a card from me this year its not because I gave the money to charity instead, its simply that you're not on my Chritmas cards list. I would like to now formally wish you a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2011.
Oh, and one last thing - if you sent me a card this year but didn't get one in return, then this is simply an oversight on my part, or a problem with the postal system - you WILL be on the Christmas card list next year.
Either that, or I just don't like you.