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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:45:13 PM
We're up to 60 this year! I'm shocked...that's just relatives, close friends and colleagues. I'd decided a while back that I wouldn't do ANY handmade cards. We have 2 small children and everyone wants a picture anyway, so Costco photo cards work perfectly

I'm also curious: how do you determine your cards mailing list? I'm finding that our list is growing as more ppl in our networks get married, have kids etc.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:48:32 PM

keeps things simple ...I'm not much of a card person (even though I do like making them!)


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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:50:54 PM
About 80. Both of my parents come from big families (I only send to a few of my cousins, though) and choose to send cards to local friends.

I really enjoy sending and receiving them.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:52:01 PM
127 this year. Oy.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:06:15 PM
We used to send out about 100. Now we're down to about 50. Many have passed away over the years. Others stopped sending out cards and if I haven't received a card for 2 years in a row, I stop sending them a card. I used to make hand made cards many years ago, but I don't anymore. Guess I had more time back then. LOL


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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:07:41 PM
None here also. Just can't afford to send cards.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:08:56 PM
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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:38:52 PM
Between 55 and 60. I still handmake my cards. I want to keep the list at 60 or under though, so I don't need to buy another book of stamps, lol. Though, I used to only send out 50 because I bought envelopes and cards in packs of 50, so we shall see how long that lasts.

I send them to people who don't send me cards. I know a lot of people don't send them anymore because of cost. But it is a way for me to send photos of the kids to relatives, and let people know I am thinking of them. I also think there is something nice about getting something in the mail that isn't a bill or junk mail.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:47:42 PM
I think we are sending 45ish this year? I know it's not more than 50. We used to send 60-80 when we first moved in together. We have drastically cut the list. I keep track of who sends us cards (ecards and traditional cards). If you are not sending out cards, and you are not a sibling, parent, or aunt/uncle, I am not going to be sending you a card next year. I had a lot of family friends that I grew up with who I was sending cards to each year, with no reciprocation. That ended last year. I only had 1 family complain. I caved and sent them a card, and still got nothing back in return. So, this year they are for sure not getting a card.

It sounds harsh, and maybe it is. But postage, envelopes, printer ink, photo paper, and newsletter paper are not cheap. And I don't want to waste our money on people who don't care/don't participate.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:26:25 PM
A dozen. Yep, just a dozen. Only to the people most important to us

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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:42:22 PM
About 80. But between DH's work and my Bible study group, that's about 35. The rest are family and friends. Some we only hear from once a year (people spread around the country, that we met when DH was in the Army) but I look forward to catching up on what's going on with them.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:59:10 PM
About 50: 35 to family and friends and 15 to the 2ps Card Exchange.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:00:10 PM
I did 125 this year and that was after cutting 20 people off my list this year. We have moved around a TON and have friends all over the place because of this. I get around 100 back every year.



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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:12:25 PM
30-35 and they are handmade with a photo inside. I don't have the time or money to do more than that, so I get 35 photo prints, and adjust my list every year to accommodate that number.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:29:58 PM

I'm done with that.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:31:37 PM
Maybe 10. I quit sending cards out. I was spending a fortune in postage. Now I only send to family that we wont see over the holidays and my best friend who lives out of state.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 7:34:57 PM
I am making 100, but only have 92 envelopes addressed.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 8:16:52 PM
I send about 100 cards.


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Posted: 12/5/2012 9:42:09 PM


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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:02:57 PM

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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:06:41 PM
I don't go crazy - usually about 50

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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:09:49 PM
Typically, about 80. I buy them 90% off on clearance at Target (the previous year), so the card cost is no biggie. We hand deliver about 1/2 of them, so postage isn't too bad either.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:49:42 AM
" I get around 100 back every year."
Wowzas!!! That's a LOT of cards!!
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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:42:47 AM
This year I ordered 75, I'd say 60-70 is average for us. Soon as finals are done I need to get those babies addressed and mailed out!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 3:20:26 AM
I send out about 60 each year. I like the pea who said she keeps track of who sends back and they are the ones who stay on the card list. I think I will do that this year too, hee hee hee, I am getting meaner as I age.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:38:51 AM
I wrote my cards out last night, a grand total of 3! It's too expensive to send cards to everyone so an email or Facebook message will have to suffice.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:43:18 AM
I send about 80 out each year. I'm thinking about not sending them this year, though. It is too expensive!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:25:52 AM
I have a customer of mine, that sends out handmade cards to her friends, family, etc...., that she buys from us etsy, and ebay sellers. Now, she sometimes spends over $10/per card and has been known to go higher. She starts buying and bidding on them in August. I asked her how many cards she sends out a year, and she said over 300. ALL of them, are handmade by us. (various etsy and ebay sellers)

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:42:31 AM
This year is 34. I just signed & addressed them last night. It was 42 but I cut the list at the last minute. I think I'll cut it more next year.

And a PSA side-note - if you print your address labels from the computer, proof read before your print. As I was slapping on the last few, I realized that not a single one included the state. When doing my mail-merge, I somehow left the state out of the formula, so the bottom line of ALL my labels include the city and zip, but no state. So now I have to either reprint them and put them on over the existing labels, or white out the zip and hand-write the state & zip. UGH!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:06:12 AM
We have some my hubby hands out to clients (about 20). I'll probably send out 1 to my old baby sitter. She's in her 80's and moved away years ago but I still think about her.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:05:30 AM
I ordered 50 from Costco and as of right now, I have about 6 left. We don't go crazy, usually just send to close friends, close co-workers and family.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:06:09 AM
30 handmade.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:13:43 AM
I made 50 this year (handmade with a photo). I am not sure how many I sent out last year, but I am not doing more than 50 handmade this time. If I need extra, I keep some store bought on hand.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:36:11 AM
About 50. Friends, family, my co-workers. All hand made, which tends to bite me in the butt at this time of year!

If I send to them for a few years and they don't send back, they are off the list.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:41:22 AM
The first few years my dh and I were together I think it was up to 90. I have gotten it down to about 70 now. People moved away, passed away, paths change in life. We've added new friends from my son's school and our neighborhood.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:18:45 PM
So far we have sent out 32. That was round one. I will also send out a card to everyone who sends one to us, if they weren't already in the cards I sent. I love Christmas cards. It's strange... I put up a tree and all but I"m not all into "decking the halls". We have never put lights up on the outside of the house. No lawn decorations or blow ups. I'm just not into all that but I *love* Christmas cards. lol

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:22:49 PM
In my family and friend circle, it is customery to send only to people you don't physically see often. For the others we tend to exchange recent photos via email at this time of year. I therefore only send about 12 handmade cards, but this year have joined the peas card exchange, so will be sending some for that.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:27:42 PM
I sent about 8 last year, I will probably do the same or slightly fewer this year. I send to close friends only as my immediate and extended family think cards are a waste of money so no one exchanges them. I hand make them, but I haven't been in the mood so this year I will be doing a photo card. I'm going to take the photo today and design a 4x6 card in Photoshop which I'll print for 10c ea at Walgreens. Much better than the normal $3-$4 per card I spend when I do them hand made!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:29:28 PM
about 100...and I cut it down from a few years ago from 125.....every time I try to delete someone, they start sending me cards again!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:39:17 PM
Our list grows every year but it seems that the number we get is not even close to the number we send. We are easily over 80 but I haven't sent any for a few years due to the cost. I want to do some this year but am not sure how to trim costs. Only send to aunts and uncles and not cousins? Only send to those who send to us? How to decide??

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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:53:06 PM
half a dozen at the most.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:07:31 PM
I'm sending 80 this year. I've cut down a bit.

DH has a huge family & they all send cards...I think we get about 60 cards each Christmas.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:14:04 PM
I do family & close friends; I also do photo cards. Usually just buy generic boxed cards for colleagues or post one of that year's photo cards by the sign in sheer at work. We usually send out 50-75 (big families on both sides). I'm on bedrest this year which will make the whole business a little more difficult. We just got super cute pictures from his daycare that we want to use, otherwise, we were just going to skip them this year and send the birth announcements out in February when DD arrives.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:21:23 PM
100; crazy I know! I probably will pare my list way down when my kids are older. I always do a picture card.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:31:58 PM

cut that off my Christmas to-do list a few years back. I used to LOVE making handmade cards, but with two little ones it just gets to be too much. Maybe next year, I'll get back into it... I keep saying that, one day I just might!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:23:44 PM
I send out about 85-to family, friends, etc and include a family newsletter as well. I enjoy getting them and over the years the letter and photos serve as a neat, historical story of our family. I keep the photo cards and a list of who I have received them from in a 12x15-just slap the photo cards in and list the names and ages of the kids(hopefully, the family already did that. It is neat to see how all the of our friends kids have grown and changed throughout the years.

What is annoying is that several friends who don't send them out tell me how much they enjoy our card and letter. Makes me feel like I should send them out to them. Oy

This fall I ran into a college professor who I have always sent a card to. Well, she is getting up there in age and I haven't heard back from her in a couple of years. Didn't send her one last Christmas according to my list. Oops. Guess what the first words were out of her mouth when I ran into her.....That's right....."Hey, I didn't get a Christmas card from you this year." GAH! Turns out I didn't send one but she also moved into a assisted living place and her husband passed away in May. So, I fortunately found an extra and mailed it to her.
She is definitely on my list next week. I did tell her I hadn't heard from her and didn't know where she was! Geesh-do people think we can read their minds.....and how about just sending a quick note to say hi once every few years...... Later on in the conversation, she looked at me and asked me if I was preggars.......Only SHE could get by with asking me that.
I replied-Oh,my gosh-my youngest is 20-I don't think so!

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Posted: 12/6/2012 9:31:00 PM
I used to send over 100, but am paring down as well. Maybe 60ish? I send to all my family, and many are too old to send anything back. That's fine. But I always give everyone two years of no cards before the big STRIKE off the xmas list. A card can always get sent back (2-3 happen to me every year until I find the correct address).


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