I'm a weirdo on this topic, I don't like getting holiday cards!... any cards we receive are from relatives who never call or write, even though years ago I would write them, ask about them, etc... with nothing in return so their sending holiday cards just seems false. To me, the ones who send us cards are only doing it to feel better about themselves for having a long list (whatever!), and they are usually the photocopied brag letters, no inquiry of how our family is doing, just going on & on about how busy they are, etc. If we sent cards, the list would only contain those who we always end up visiting during the holidays anyway.
I do send birthday cards/gifts/flowers though. & we bake cookies along with a little note for about ten of our neighbor families each year - our neighbors are very great people.
btw (& off-topic!)
~ not sure if this helps at all, but I used to hate the idea of murdering christmas trees also, but since, I've researched alot & the trees that are cut for holidays generally come from tree farms. The farms ensure employment for a number of people, the trees are farmed - meaning thart for each tree cut, more are planted so it's not like we're clearing out forests to gain holiday trees - also after you're finished celebrating with the tree, they can be chipped & used for mulch, thrown into a lake for fish habitat, & they biodegrade if chopped & thrown in the trash. The one thing that still bugs me though is the pollution made during transportation of the trees (huge trucks).
Well, also that some of the trees never even get to BE a holiday tree, if nobody buys him/her.
Oh & one more thing, we searched & searched for a pine tree with a rootball that we could plant after it's holiday show, but we live in the tropics & none would survive the hot summers, sadly, as a real-living tree would be our first choice.
So, if you want a real tree - enjoy one without guilt! Even environmental org's have okay'd having real trees over the artificial ones b'c of their biodegradability (have no idea if thats a word, but it works
). Whereas artificials don't break down, can't be used in lakes by fish & are full of offgassing chemicals that can harm your faimily.
Alright - back to cards now!