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Personal cards still the most popular Christmas greeting

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is calling on people to put pen to paper and send personal, handwritten cards to their friends and family this Christmas ...

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is calling on people to put pen to paper and send personal, handwritten cards to their friends and family this Christmas – as survey results show it's still the most popular form of festive message:

  • The majority of people (77%) prefer a handwritten Christmas card over any other kind of communication
  • Only 3% said they would like a Christmas message via one of their social media accounts

The Archbishop says, "I love using social media but I think something has been lost in our increasing reliance on it to connect with people. A 'like' on Facebook or a retweet will never meet the most basic of human needs, to feel connected, loved and belonging to a tangible community. So why not reach out to someone with a handwritten Christmas card, expressing a genuine, heartfelt sentiment.

"Making the effort and showing someone that you've taken the time to think of them is priceless and will really show them that you care this festive season."

The Archbishop is backing Charity Christmas Card Week (15–22 November), which is being spearheaded by Traidcraft, the UK's leading fair trade organisation.

During the week, Traidcraft is calling on people to buy charity Christmas cards and send them to people in their communities – offering a double benefit this festive season.

Larry Bush, Traidcraft's marketing director, says: "Our survey has confirmed that a throwaway comment on social media is no replacement for a personalised, heartfelt greeting in the form of a handwritten Christmas card. And when you buy a charity Christmas card, the benefit is two-fold. You're supporting charities like Traidcraft and its partners to turn your good wishes in this country into good work in another."

Traidcraft Exchange is the UK's only international development charity to focus on trade. It delivers projects across the developing world, helping smallholder farmers and artisans to build skills, knowledge and confidence to trade their way out of poverty.

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