How to be Christmassy

December 16th, 2003 • Posted in News |

Don’t send cards! Damn right. Don’t know where the statistic came from, but I read that 1.7 billion Christmas cards are sent each year in the UK alone. That’s the equivalent of 220,000 trees slaughtered, chopped down, cut up and mashed into paper, just so that people who don’t normally talk to each other all year round can send ‘greetings’ to other people they probably aren’t too bothered with anyone. Either that, or people you see every day – neighbours, work colleages – think it’s more personal to write you a message in a cards covered with snowmen and annoying glitter rather than actually shakes your hand, give you a hug and share their greetings that way.

I actually know of people in work who keep a pile of cards in case someone gives them one. That way, they’re ready to return the favour within minutes. Really Christmassy, huh?

This year Tracey and I aren’t sending Christmas cards (well, one or two have already slipped through the net, but that’s it). Instead we’re giving a bit of money to charity. Not much, just a bit. And we haven’t decided on a charity yet. But imagine if just half of those adults in the UK who normally send 100 cards to people they don’t really like decided to do the same? 20,000,000 times, say, £30, that’s almost a billion quid given to charities of all kinds.

Now that, my friends, is the spirit of Christmas.

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