Simply Christmas Cards....
In defence of sending Christmas cards, apart from the already mentioned £50 million raised for museums (the lovely robin is an Eric Ravillious design from the V&A) and other good causes, 300,000 trees are cut each year for our 1 billion cards - could that mean jobs in the rural economy in managed, sustainable forests? (www.envirowise.gov.uk) 248,000 trees can be saved by recycling (www.woodlandtrust.co.uk). Ways for smaller charities to benefit are described here (www.greetingscardassociation.org.uk/news/charity-christmas-cards or see www.bbc.co.uk/religion/galleries/ethicalxmas for more on these ethical dilemmas!!
This is a little red felt bag I like to keep my cards, stamps and Christmas Card List in. It's almost empty! Tomorrow is the last posting day for second class post....
I too send cards at Christmas in defiance of the people who say they're not because they're giving the money to charity instead. The cards raise enormous sums of money for excellent causes, as you say, and so many of my old friends don't seem to use social media, so that this is the only time we really contact each other. (One card that came today inspired me to phone and talk to someone for the first time in 20 years at least, and yet we used to live in each other's houses when the kids were wee). Besides, we keep postal workers in work!
21/12/2012 06:14:51 am
We love reading each other the newsy bits from the beautiful cards which come through the door - how wonderful to get in touch with someone from so long ago!
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An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)