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Some schools get the kids to do Xmas cards. To buy them, you have to go to some posh shop like this Geneva institution: https://www.brachard.com/ where they have beautiful Winter scenes of Geneva, but of course you pay 6.99 CHF one card as against 3.99 GBP a pack of 20 back home! I already bought all my cards in Edinburgh. Otherwise, I use https://www.cardaid.co.uk/charity-christmas-cards.html, they deliver to Switzerland, good selection of cards and packs, fast delivery, very reliable and they are all for selected charities.


On the other hand, if someone knows where one can buy nice Alpine / Swiss-themed Xmas cards, I am interested.
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We make our own - choose a favourite photo of house or mountains- and print and stick on card. They are not wasted as we know friends and family have kept most of them as souvenirs/display.

WWF have some nice ones:

https://shop.wwf.ch/fr/gifts/cartes-...x-wwf-paysages
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It’s probably not so popular nowadays with the advent of FB, blogs and whatnot but do you remember the horrors of ‘the Christmas letter’?

Two sides of A4 of humble and not-so-humble bragging about each family member, thinly veiled by ‘What we’ve been up to this year...’

Always a mixture of ‘cringe’ and ‘face-palm’...
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It’s probably not so popular nowadays with the advent of FB, blogs and whatnot but do you remember the horrors of ‘the Christmas letter’?

Two sides of A4 of humble and not-so-humble bragging about each family member, thinly veiled by ‘What we’ve been up to this year...’

Always a mixture of ‘cringe’ and ‘face-palm’...
i thought that was an american thing. do you do it in the UK too?
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Old 12.11.2019, 10:06
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i thought that was an american thing. do you do it in the UK too?

Also some people in Sweden and Norway, we get those every year......
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i thought that was an american thing. do you do it in the UK too?
My Grandma used to receive a couple every year from various relations in the US, and that was back in the 80s. We started getting them from UK-based friends and family maybe late 90s/early 00s.

"Hubby worked his socks off to hit his targets so now we're off to spend the proceeds of his bonus on a new Land Rover and 4 weeks holibobs in Barbados" kind of thing.

I'm such a grump...
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It’s probably not so popular nowadays with the advent of FB, blogs and whatnot but do you remember the horrors of ‘the Christmas letter’?

Two sides of A4 of humble and not-so-humble bragging about each family member, thinly veiled by ‘What we’ve been up to this year...’

Always a mixture of ‘cringe’ and ‘face-palm’...
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Also some people in Sweden and Norway, we get those every year......
And Switzerland!

Yes, I remember them well - they caused a feeling between "why do I need to know this" and "you're not worth getting a letter of your own". ROFL.
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My Grandma used to receive a couple every year from various relations in the US, and that was back in the 80s. We started getting them from UK-based friends and family maybe late 90s/early 00s.

"Hubby worked his socks off to hit his targets so now we're off to spend the proceeds of his bonus on a new Land Rover and 4 weeks holibobs in Barbados" kind of thing.

I'm such a grump...
My parents still get one from an old friend of theirs. It's increasingly full of New Foods That They Can No Longer Eat Because Intolerances, and, as you say, cringey family achievements (chiefly their grandkids who none of us have met). Horrid. It's a shame as they are actually quite lovely - when we see them every 8 years or so.
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Re: It's almost Christmas!

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My Grandma used to receive a couple every year from various relations in the US, and that was back in the 80s. We started getting them from UK-based friends and family maybe late 90s/early 00s.

"Hubby worked his socks off to hit his targets so now we're off to spend the proceeds of his bonus on a new Land Rover and 4 weeks holibobs in Barbados" kind of thing.

I'm such a grump...
The idea of keeping in touch through old fashioned letters is not bad though, no? Older people don't do e-mails as far as I know. Of course, what one writes about and how can make all the difference...
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The idea of keeping in touch through old fashioned letters is not bad though, no? Older people don't do e-mails as far as I know. Of course, what one writes about and how can make all the difference...
Yes, you're right. I used to write proper letters to Great Aunts and my Great Grandma when I first moved here, and that was mainly about family stuff and whether I was missing home/mum/dad/biscuits/baked beans, but gradually they've all passed on and the generation after them all seem to be e-savvy. It's years since I wrote a real letter to anyone, with handwriting and everything.
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Yes, you're right. I used to write proper letters to Great Aunts and my Great Grandma when I first moved here, and that was mainly about family stuff and whether I was missing home/mum/dad/biscuits/baked beans, but gradually they've all passed on and the generation after them all seem to be e-savvy. It's years since I wrote a real letter to anyone, with handwriting and everything.
I haven't written a real letter in more than 10 years...I used to write to older relatives. Especially when I was a child. I think I probably amused or touched them, but kept my mom happy because she didn't have to do it herself. We also got some, and sometimes even from cousins who were in the army (it used to be compulsory for all young males when I was a child in the '80s and early '90s - compulsory for one year or so), I guess they felt very lonely there and then. Of course, I don't know anyone who still writes letters, first the people and then the time have passed.
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I was exactly the same but now most of them are no longer with us and even my 87 year old aunt can manage e-mail these days.
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I was exactly the same but now most of them are no longer with us and even my 87 year old aunt can manage e-mail these days.
My aunt, who passed away recently, was still writing C++ code in her eighties.

My kids still hand-write thank-you letters (to relatives in the U.K. at least). They are expected by the recipients too.

Perhaps we shouldn't bother but I'm sure there's a lesson to be learnt there by doing it (and not the one that it's bad for the environment!)
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My aunt, who passed away recently, was still writing C++ code in her eighties.

My kids still hand-write thank-you letters (to relatives in the U.K. at least). They are expected by the recipients too.

Perhaps we shouldn't bother but I'm sure there's a lesson to be learnt there by doing it (and not the one that it's bad for the environment!)
There is a world of difference between a nice, personalised hand written thank you letter and a mass produced, hastily written Christmas card but I’m sure you know that anyway.

My almost 20 year old still writes thank you letters and they are very much appreciated.
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They were called Round Robin letters! Simon Hoggart collected hilarious samples in his book "The cat that could open the fridge". Highly recommended, you'll choke with laughter on your Brussels sprouts!
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I haven't written a real letter in more than 10 years...I used to write to older relatives. Especially when I was a child. I think I probably amused or touched them, but kept my mom happy because she didn't have to do it herself. We also got some, and sometimes even from cousins who were in the army (it used to be compulsory for all young males when I was a child in the '80s and early '90s - compulsory for one year or so), I guess they felt very lonely there and then. Of course, I don't know anyone who still writes letters, first the people and then the time have passed.


Out of my 110 Xmas cards or so, I will write about 15 personal letters, mainly to inform those who don't know of my separation but also I am pledging to write in each a particular happy memory of the receiver or how they had a positive impact at some stage in my life. So it's more about them rather than me, a good antidote to the Me, Me Social Media Age we're in.
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The idea of keeping in touch through old fashioned letters is not bad though, no? Older people don't do e-mails as far as I know. Of course, what one writes about and how can make all the difference...
Actually I still know quite many people in their 70-ies and 80-ies who use email and internet easily and frequently.

Which means, they send their yearly letters via email I suspect even more people are on their list now.
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The worst ever! The animated Xmas card. Ghastly music, hideous elves and giant snow flakes before a candle announces a Xmas greeting in big, frozen neon letters... I don't bother opening them.
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The worst ever! The animated Xmas card. Ghastly music, hideous elves and giant snow flakes before a candle announces a Xmas greeting in big, frozen neon letters... I don't bother opening them.
That deserves a picture here, don't you think? So we can share your pain.
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I like round robins. Always nice to see what people have been up to.

Mind, I'm the kind of person who likes pictures of people's kids, pets, holidays and meals on facebook...
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