A stack of flyers on a table

Undelivered cards at Christmas

December 5, 2016

During the year I’m never really aware of whether or not I have received all the mail that I should have unless it is something I knew that I was waiting for. However, as Christmas approaches, I become all too aware of my mail deliveries. Whether I have ordered presents online to save myself money and a trip into the city. But most importantly it is the Christmas cards that I look for between the mix of junk mail and bills.

Each Christmas I open up my address book and take the opportunity to send cards to friends and family. For me, it is a time to reconnect with those that I might not have seen throughout the year. The people who get the occasional text from with updates on what’s new, the family that live away and don’t get to see as often as we’d like and those who I feel duty bound to send a Christmas card.

A stack of flyers on a table

I write each of the Christmas cards with a personal message and an update on what’s happening with us as a family. I lovingly place them in an envelope and pass them over to the postal system. I trust that they will both arrive safely but also in a timely fashion. I sit and think about the smile on their faces as they open up my card, reading my message and of course, looking at the photos of the children that I’ve included.

This isn’t, however, always they way… somewhere between the post box and their letter box the Christmas card goes missing. Data Label recently conducted some research into Christmas cards and parcels going missing or undelivered at Christmas – the research says that up to £750,000 worth of cards don’t reach their intended recipients. You can read more about the study over on the Small Business site HERE.

For many of the cards that I send, I would never know whether they had received their card or not. I mean, who is going to say ‘you didn’t send me a Christmas card’. They probably sit and wonder whether they fell off my Christmas card list this year.

Have you ever had Christmas cards go missing?


Disclosure: This is a collaborative post

  • Clare Mumsy Midwife December 5, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    That’s astounding. £750,000?! I have pen pals so luckily find out when most get their mail. I’ve had a lot of Amazon/eBay stuff go missing but you wonder if it was ever posted sometimes.

  • Isabel O December 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I haven’t had them go missing but I’ve had them turn up to me opened and ripped. This is usually when my elderly grandparents have very kindly and generously put money in the envelope. Now I’ve moved areas it doesn’t happen any more so there was obviously a problem with someone with sticky fingers in the sorting office where I used to live.
    I heard all the undeliverable stuff goes to a big warehouse somewhere- I really want the job of investigating who to return it all to. How interesting must that job be?!

  • RachelSwirl December 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I sent a card out to Minnesota today, I hope it gets there!

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