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Missing and late cards spoil Christmas cheer, apparently

1st December 2018

Millions of Christmas cards go missing every year in the UK, causing “widespread Christmas disappointment”, according to new statistics.

A survey conducted by address-finder 192.com found that each year, almost a third of households receive Christmas cards addressed to previous occupants, meaning eight million cards go missing annually.

Basically no Brits want to receive a card on Christmas Eve, with 71% preferring to get them by mid-December so they can display their cards during the festive season, the poll also found.

“Cards sent to the wrong place or at the wrong time amount to a lot of missing Christmas cheer,” said Henry Phillips, product director of 192.com.

Most people said their favourite Christmas cards come from friends, with 43% hoping for a card from a friend they’ve lost touch with, and one in 10 from friends they see regularly.

Christmas card in tree

By comparison, just one in five Brits said they enjoy getting a Christmas card from their partner more than anyone else, and a tiny 3% prefer getting one from their parents.

While many millennials don’t care about sending or receiving bits of paper through the post, Christmas card enthusiasts like Rachel Murphy, 35, love the personal touch of a card, which you can’t get from social media. She said: “It’s something about the handwritten envelope, as opposed to the usual bank statements or bills.”

She said that it’s “always lovely to receive cards from someone [she’s] lost touch with”, however, her favourite cards are those she gets from family members living abroad because of “how far they have travelled and the journey they have taken”.

If I receive a card on Christmas Eve, it’s too late to send one back

“It doesn’t matter to me when I receive them,” she added. “[But] if I receive one from someone on Christmas Eve and I haven’t sent them one, it’s too late to send one back.”

“I think I would be disappointed not to receive one from someone that I expected to, but I know how hectic life can be.”

When asked what was preventing them from sending a Christmas card to a friend they’ve lost touch with, 28% of people said they couldn’t find their address in the phonebook.

Over half of those surveyed said they were irked by cards not addressed to them or not including their name, and almost a third said they found their names being misspelt annoying.

Additionally, 13% said they would be upset if the sender forgot they have children, and 8% said they would be bothered if the sender forgot their partner’s name or their marital status.

The online directory stressed it’s important to make sure you send cards on time, even if you have the correct address. The final dates for posting within the UK are:

 

1st December 2018