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Where are all the Christmas cards?

Yes, we're still more than a week away. But if you've noticed a dramatic fall-off in the number of holiday cards you would have normally received by the Ides of December, you're not alone. A number of factors seem to be driving down the volume of Christmas cards--including Facebook, where it's now possible to see everyday the family pictures that used to arrive in the mail but once a year. Is this a story about the social networking site that stole Christmas? Please come ahead with your experiences on the holiday card front--are you getting fewer, sending fewer? Are e-cards replacing the traditional paper cards? Does the economy play a role in these decisions?

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By Steve Hendrix  | December 16, 2009; 11:35 AM ET
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I send cards to family and long time friends,despite the high cost of stamps. Nothing beats getting a card or letter in the mail and all electronic messages of Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays are transparent and generic. I send fewer cards which is more a sign of getting older and not sending for the sake of sending. All the technology out there which allows for videos, e-cards, and so forth do not hold a candle to the real deal, a card with a personal message.

Posted by: joanharlin | December 17, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

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