I had a conversation with my parents tonight about Christmas Cards.
We agreed that it is so disappointing to receive a card from someone who you do not see regularly, may only hear from at Christmas, yet all it says is "love from xxx" (sometimes not even "love").
No news imparted, no personal message. What is the point? That to me is a waste of trees. I don't care if we receive 1 card or 50; it doesn't make me feel any better about myself when I get a card with a typed label and no message in it.
I always write something personal in Christmas Cards, some news of what we've been up to (of course big news this year with Mr H's new job) - even if it's just a couple of lines to some people.
It is some years now since I have written "We must get together in 2006", because that is one of those empty things which gets said year after year and doesn't actually happen.
I've also skimmed the card list down to exclude those who were on it because... well just because. Now I send cards to those I want to write to and share our news, oh and by the way wish them a fantastic Christmas. I no longer send cards to people just because they send me one - it's not a competition. I don't write them to people I see every day, nor people with whom I will spend Christmas Day - I can say it to them personally.
My Christmas Card list contains about 20 people/couples/families, so don't take it personally if you don't get one from me!