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Minimalism and Holiday Cards

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Don’t feel like you have to send out cards for the Holidays!

For the past few years I have received Shutterfly codes to get ten free cards plus discounts of up to 50% off of cards.  I like doing this during Thanksgiving, but I got the code after that time this year (code invalid now or I’d share it).

We celebrate Hanukkah tied in with Jesus, so we chose a “holiday” card since we don’t know others who celebrate what we do.  We are very much into simplifying the holidays in general.

I used to mail out cards or newsletters to 150-200 people which cost us so much money.  It cost far too much.  I remember when I first got copies made and it cost me $70 for the copies, then I had to buy all the envelopes and stamps.  Once in a while I’d switch over to send the thick paper photo cards through Shutterfly which cost me up to $200 even with discount coupon codes!

I kept doing it because I felt like I had to do it.  I didn’t have to.  You don’t have to.

These days I factor a few things into my card sending.  I start it off with the people who I feel closest to or most thankful for.  Other than that we send out to my parents, in-laws, and our siblings.  That’s pretty much it.  This year I sent out 20 cards, which is ten more than I have mailed out in three years.  ten cards were free.  The rest were half off.  That was enough for me. I have received a few cards from people that I did not send out cards to, but I don’t believe it should be an obligation to send them a card back.  Instead, these people I do keep in touch with in other ways or I might write them a letter.

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