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Sending cards is still favourite way to send season’s greetings

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Most people prefer to receive a traditional Christmas card to an e-card or social media message, according to latest research.

An independent survey by One Poll found that 75 per cent of people who expressed a preference preferred a traditional card, while just nine per cent preferred an electronic festive greeting or social media message.

Almost seven in 10 (68 per cent) of those asked said they will be sending the same number of cards as they did last year, and one in 10 (10 per cent) plan to send more.

When it came to preferred designs, snow scenes topped the list. A third – 22 per cent - of people preferred a wintry image on their cards. This was followed by: humour (14 per cent); Nativity (seven per cent); Christmas tree/decoration (six per cent).

The majority of those asked plan to be well prepared in the weeks leading up to the big day, with over four in ten (43 per cent) having written and posted/given out their Christmas cards two weeks before Christmas. 30 per cent of people went one better and had completed their card list three weeks before the 25 December.

Stephen Agar, our consumer and network access managing director, said: ‘From the very first cards that we helped send back in 1843 to the millions of Christmas cards we handle each year, we are proud to still be delivering season’s greetings across the UK over 170 years later.

‘With the Christmas countdown now underway, Royal Mail is reminding people to get their Christmas cards and gifts in the post before the latest recommended posting dates.’

Royal Mail is also chronicling the history of the Christmas card, in partnership with the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA), by releasing images of cards sent over the past 170 years.

Post Early for Christmas

In the UK, the latest recommended posting dates for Christmas 2015 are:

  • 19 December 2015 for Second Class Mail
  • 21 December 2015 for First Class Mail
  • 23 December for 2015 Special Delivery Guaranteed

Pictured: The world's first Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843