Christmas just isn't Christmas to me without the cards. It's a tradition for us to set up our little Christmas elf workshop, play seasonal music and sip cocoa with marshmallows as we scribble out notes, stuff envelopes, wrap gifts, etc. This year we sent out over 60 (we've got a lot family & friends we consider family), and I have just a couple more to add that I need to get offline to do in a moment if I want to catch the Post Office.
I love sending and receiving them, though a response is never required and I'm happy to receive anything, form letter, photo, a scrap of foil, lint, whatever--I just appreciate that person thinking of me and taking the time to do anything.
We always decorate a wall or someplace in the house with the cards we do get, and it's fun to watch the collage grow as the season goes on. I'm a bit sentimental, and I can't bear to throw them out, so I do store the cards, sometimes for years. As space is finite, very reluctantly we will periodically discard, but even then we always go through them, which itself is a fun activity because we get to relive that Christmas magic one more time.
It's been enlightening reading these posts, though. I have a question: We like to include a little photo for friends and family (especially if they're farflung folk we don't get to see every day), but now I'm wondering if people don't care for them after all. Do you think we should continue doing this? Are they something that just end up in the trash? I hate to think I'm just adding more waste to some landfill somewhere.