MeFi Holiday Card Exchange Planning November 8, 2018 7:25 AM   Subscribe

Who's up for sending more cards for the holidays? (Or receiving!) I plan on coordinating another card exchange this year, if there is interest - I enjoyed receiving cards from MeFites so much last year!

I plan on using Google Forms this year, for ease of compiling data. If you really really hate Google Forms and want to memail me, let me know.

Groups of 10 seemed to work well last year - I will revise it so that you are truly sending to 10 this year, instead of yourself plus 9.

If anyone for sure wants to send to more than that, let me know - I could add you to more than one group, so you can choose 10 or 20.

I plan on doing US Only and International groups again.

Also, if anyone is interested in simply receiving a holiday card but doesn't have the energy/time/whatever to join a group and send some out, feel free to send me a memail with name and address, and I will happily send you a holiday card.

I can open up the Google Forms link November 14th, and leave it open until end of day on US Thanksgiving (11/22), and then will send out card groups by end of day on the 25th, if that works for everyone. (Again, if you want to join and that doesn't work for you, memail me, and I'll work something out.)
posted by needlegrrl to MetaFilter-Related at 7:25 AM (62 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

Yay needlegrrl! Count me in for holiday cheer.
posted by the primroses were over at 7:56 AM on November 8 [1 favorite]

This sounds great!
posted by aaanastasia at 7:58 AM on November 8

Love this idea!
posted by meinvt at 8:05 AM on November 8

I'm in.
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:14 AM on November 8


I'd also be happy to send some to people who don't have energy/time/whatever to send some out.

I still have last year's cards pinned up on a bulletin board next to my desk - they are cheery
posted by moonmilk at 8:24 AM on November 8 [4 favorites]

Me, please!
posted by jillithd at 8:27 AM on November 8

Yes please!
posted by ChuraChura at 8:38 AM on November 8

Yes, absolutely!!
posted by Secretariat at 8:41 AM on November 8

I'm in! (It's okay to send just plain old cards, right? They don't need to be handmade and glorious? Quantity, not quality?)
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:29 AM on November 8 [2 favorites]

Box cards are also glorious! It feels so nice to sit down with a cup of tea and a pen and crack open a pristine box of holiday cards. I'm going to find some with glitter on them.

needlegrrl, you're such a star for doing this for us again! Thank you!
posted by mochapickle at 10:06 AM on November 8 [1 favorite]

The corpse in the libary, yes, box cards are perfectly fine! I think I received a mix last year of handmade, photo, and box cards - I loved them all!
posted by needlegrrl at 10:11 AM on November 8 [2 favorites]

Cards is cards!
posted by JanetLand at 11:31 AM on November 8 [3 favorites]

Hooray I will happily do this. I'm wavering on having enough energy for Quonsmas this year but... cards I can handle.
posted by silverstatue at 11:33 AM on November 8 [2 favorites]

Thanks for organising this.
posted by paduasoy at 11:45 AM on November 8

Yes! This was so much fun for Valentine's Day, and while life intervenes too much for me to participate in the regular card club, I'd love to be a part of a one-time holiday card thing. Please count me in!
posted by capricorn at 11:45 AM on November 8 [2 favorites]

Count me in!!
(Can people still join the regular card club?)
posted by loolie at 12:43 PM on November 8

Yay holiday cards!

Thanks needlegrrl for doing this again!
posted by danabanana at 2:08 PM on November 8 [3 favorites]

I am sitting on a pile of cheezy Australian Christmas cards. They need to be exiled from this shore so others may experience very bad Photoshopping. I am in for this mission.
posted by jadepearl at 3:05 PM on November 8 [3 favorites]

Yes please!
posted by buildmyworld at 3:08 PM on November 8

(Can people still join the regular card club?)

Yes, I think it's always open! Instructions here.
posted by lazuli at 3:10 PM on November 8 [1 favorite]

Also, yes, I would like to participate in a holiday card exchange!
posted by lazuli at 3:11 PM on November 8

Me plz!
posted by FakePalindrome at 4:50 PM on November 8

Totally in. Last year was the best winter card year everrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:56 PM on November 8 [2 favorites]

I'd love to do this, in addition to the regular card club! Yay cards!
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:29 PM on November 8 [2 favorites]

I would like to be in a US group! I can also send cards to people who just want to receive. I think I might even already have cards, because I never send them. But I buy them! I also owe the stationery store a visit, so I should be covered either way.
posted by rhizome at 9:55 PM on November 8

Yes and thank you.
posted by kbar1 at 10:39 PM on November 8

Count me in!
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 1:57 AM on November 9

I'm in too! I loved this last year!
posted by kimberussell at 6:54 AM on November 9

YYYAAASSS! Me please!

I had such a great time last year! THANK YOU needlegrrl for coordinating again!
posted by RhysPenbras at 6:57 AM on November 9 [1 favorite]

This is so much fun for me that it feels selfish. :)

I will post a new post with details and links next week!
posted by needlegrrl at 6:58 AM on November 9 [4 favorites]

Yes, definitely interested!
posted by PearlRose at 7:19 AM on November 9

Yay! I was really hoping this would happen again it was really fun last year! If you’d like any help organizing send me a memail I’d be happy to help.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 7:48 AM on November 9 [1 favorite]

I am in!
posted by source.decay at 8:04 AM on November 9

Oui merci ! International s'il te plaît :)
posted by fraula at 8:06 AM on November 9 [2 favorites]

Moi aussi! I'm based in Canada.
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 9:39 AM on November 9

Oh yes. I think I'd like to do this now. I need cheer to fight the gloom of virtually all of the news. Thank you!!
posted by dbmcd at 11:05 AM on November 9

Yes, me too on the international side. Thanks!
posted by huimangm at 2:52 PM on November 9

Yay, so glad you are doing this again! Thanks!
posted by gudrun at 3:44 PM on November 9

I'm in. I think I got 2 cards last year. Family and friends have stopped sending them. This will be great!
posted by erloteiel at 3:56 PM on November 9

This is the best thing! I received such interesting cards from all over the place last year. So happy you're up to doing it again!
posted by mightshould at 4:51 PM on November 9

YESSSS. I’m so in.
posted by pecanpies at 6:44 PM on November 9

Yes, yay, and thanks for organizing!
posted by bookworm4125 at 7:24 AM on November 10

Yes, please!!!
posted by mmmbacon at 7:32 AM on November 10

I would love to be in on this!
posted by VioletU at 2:48 PM on November 10

Yes please. I would love to send and receive some postcards.
posted by Megustalations at 5:04 AM on November 11

I’d love to join this (and the regular card club, too)!
posted by theappleonatree at 7:20 AM on November 11 [1 favorite]

Put me in all the groups! Okay, like 20 cards would be good for me. I love mail.
posted by vespabelle at 8:57 AM on November 11

Sounds awesome! Count me in.
posted by bookrach at 4:28 PM on November 11

This is so much fun for me that it feels selfish. :)

Yes, agreed!
Please sign me up!
posted by Fig at 4:40 PM on November 11

Yes yes!
posted by Ruki at 5:47 PM on November 11

Works for me! I shall spend the next three days brushing up on how to spell my own name and tell the difference between my ZIP code and my IRS PIN. (And which one of them is not the combination to President Skroob's luggage.)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:03 PM on November 11 [2 favorites]

Yes, please!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 6:56 AM on November 12

I’m in—so much fun last year!
posted by bookmammal at 8:13 AM on November 12

I would like to do this again. One request - where it matters for addresses, could people indicate with some punctuation mark where the address lines end? I'm looking at addresses for the monthly card club and I'm not sure where the lines begin and end - or whether it matters at all, apart from the logistics of fitting it on the envelope.
posted by paduasoy at 12:00 PM on November 12 [1 favorite]

paduasoy -- the Card Club addresses are something I can fix. I've just been copy/pasting them as people have entered them, but that does vary (based on a Google forms quirk that I haven't tried fixing). I'll do some editing to make it more clear on the next assignments I send out.
posted by Fig at 6:41 AM on November 13 [1 favorite]

I'm in, I'm in!
posted by lydhre at 11:29 AM on November 13

Me too, please!
posted by exceptinsects at 1:01 PM on November 13

I didn't realize there was a MetaTalk post frequency limit, so I will post the official card exchange post in a day and 14 hours. :) I'll extend the sign up through Friday 11/23 to make up for it.

If you want to sign up before then, here is the link!
posted by needlegrrl at 4:44 PM on November 13 [8 favorites]

Just signed up because I JUST COULDN’T WAIT!
I love sending and receiving real mail—thanks for setting this up again, needlegrrl!
posted by bookmammal at 6:51 AM on November 14 [2 favorites]

posted by soakimbo at 6:39 PM on November 14

Hey, this sounds fun, but I've never really done holiday cards. (I don't celebrate Thanksgiving.) Could anyone give a quick summary of how this works? I tried googling it, but it sounds like practices vary *a lot*.
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 6:06 AM on November 15

meaty shoe puppet - here is the process -
-sign up at the google form, and choose us-only or international and how many cards you want to send
-receive list of addresses through email
-send cards - last year I received a mix of storebought holiday specific cards, non-holiday specific cards, photo cards with family pictures, postcards, handmade cards, etc. I even got one card with a tea bag in it!

I know that my goal with this is not "Everyone send a super specific card from a store that celebrates #holiday" but simply to send and receive mail to other MeFites around the holidays. I don't list a specific date to send by, and try to keep it pretty low stress. I think I sent a mix of Christmas cards and Solstice cards last year, and I think most of my cards this year are Christmas/winter holiday storebought, although I hope to get a little creative with my envelopes.

I'm happy to answer additional questions here or through memail if you have any!
posted by needlegrrl at 8:39 AM on November 15 [3 favorites]

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