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Written by FBJ Women for Women

November 27, 2020

by: Valerie Rumfelt

Five Reasons To Send Christmas Cards

We’re officially in the holiday season! The tradition of sending Christmas cards is one that I love. There’s just something about getting real mail in this highly technological age. And this mail is beautiful and personal!

Whether a card comes with glitter, three-dimensional art, gold and silver letters, vellum lining, shiny graphics, or embossing, it’s eye candy for sure! There’s no doubt about it. This is happy mail!

What other time of year can one get correspondence creatively portrayed on paper with thoughtful words inside declaring good news? Not just good news but the Good News.

Although I’ve not finished mine, completion is very near. Perhaps this year, you are thinking of not sending Christmas cards? I think even those of us who love the tradition can be tempted in this way. Maybe you have so many people to send them to and it seems overwhelming. Maybe you thought that you were the only one that actually sends them anymore.

I want to encourage you not to give in to these ideas.

Here are five reasons for you to send Christmas cards:

  • Real mail – People love it when the mail is personal and not a bill or junk.
  • Remembering in prayer – A family I know keeps every card they receive and places them in a basket. Every day of the year, the family pulls a card and prays for that person or family.
  • Recycle – Christmas cards are gorgeous and can be used to make other crafts.
  • Reminiscent – Each card represents friendship and is a personal act of love. I’ve been known to keep them from year to year.
  • Reflective – Sending cards through the mail seems nostalgic. Keeping this tradition alive gives people a few moments in their day to reflect on the sender.

When someone makes the effort to purchase the cards, fill out the cards, and mail out the cards, that is a thoughtful act! Whether you enclose a photo or a gospel tract or just your signature, receiving them is a blessing.

There’s no other way to look at it. It takes time, money, effort, and intention to send Christmas cards. Let’s keep this tradition alive and keep sending Christmas cards!

“Sending Christmas cards is a good way to let your friends and family know that you think they’re worth the price of a stamp.” Melanie White

Heavenly Father, you are the ultimate relationship. Thank you for giving us relationships on planet earth. Help us to honor our friends and family this Christmas by sending them this beautiful gift through the mail. Let us not grow weary in well-doing. Protect us from cynicism and help us to keep such a meaningful tradition alive. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Valerie Rumfelt

Valerie Rumfelt


  • Valerie Rumfelt is an on-mission writer, sharing winning ways to follow Jesus
  • She and her husband, Clark, formerly served with the NAMB and have been church planters in Canada and Rhode Island and were the Executive Directors for Buried Treasures Home
  • They will be serving with the IMB in Japan and working as a part of Southern Baptist efforts to be a light among the many people living in darkness.
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