MeFi Holiday Card Exchange November 15, 2018 8:53 AM   Subscribe

The link for the MeFi Holiday Card Exchange is within!

Welcome to the second MeFi Holiday Card Exchange!

You can sign up here.

The Google form will be open through end of day Friday November 23. I'll compile responses and send out addresses by end of day Sunday November 25.

Any type of cards are fine - handmade, storebought, postcards, etc!

You have the option to choose US-only or International, and you can also choose the number of cards you'd like to send - 10, up to 20 or up to 30.

As a reminder, if you don't have the energy for this, but would like a card anyway, please send me a message. I am happy to send cards to people who want them!
posted by needlegrrl to MetaFilter-Related at 8:53 AM (75 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Can I just clarify what "Holiday Card" means?

I know metafilter is an extraordinarily tolerant and inclusive place but the only time I've done a card exchange previously I was publicly chastised for a lack of Christian imagery/wording. I'd be delighted to receive cards like that, but wouldn't send them. I assume anything kind, well meaning and broadly seasonal would be acceptable?

(and thank you for making the arrangements)
posted by samworm at 9:35 AM on November 15


I think of a "holiday card" as any card sent during the winter season. (I am from the northern hemisphere.)
posted by aniola at 9:48 AM on November 15 [1 favorite]


Personally, I welcome any type of card—specific holiday cards(even if it’s not a holiday I celebrate!)or more general good wishes. What I love is getting “real mail” from my fellow MeFites!
posted by bookmammal at 10:44 AM on November 15 [5 favorites]


Is it okay if I do this on behalf of a 3.5-year-old? She loves getting mail, esp. cards.
posted by Etrigan at 10:48 AM on November 15 [11 favorites]


Etrigan I think that sounds lovely!
posted by firei at 12:19 PM on November 15


I'd like to send your 3.5 year old child a card, Ertigan! Memail me her name and address.

I've signed up for the holiday card exchange.

Personally, I'm in favor of kind, well-meaning, appropriately seasonal cards when in doubt. IRL, I might send a religious greeting to someone who I know is religious but if in doubt I err on the side of kind, well meaning and appropriately seasonal greetings. I'm excited by living in a religiously and secularly diverse society, and I'm interested in what others believe and how they celebrate, so I'd welcome anything y'all send me.

Would it be appropriate for someone who would be offended by a certain type of card to indicate that on the sign up sheet? Or is that too snowflakey or rude? Or would it be too burdensome for needlgrrl?
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 12:39 PM on November 15


Etrigan, I would love to send a 3 yr old some mail! My only niece *sigh* does not appreciate her auntie’s love of paper and written correspondence. I’ve also heard she barely touches the books I give her so the heartbreak is doubled.
posted by theappleonatree at 1:30 PM on November 15


Also, uhm, forgive me if this is a stupid question: Do we write our real names on this register or could we use our metafilter/superhero names?
posted by theappleonatree at 1:32 PM on November 15 [1 favorite]


Just signed up.

Samworm: I'd wager that the kind of person who would be that scandalized at the lack of Christian imagery in a holiday card is probably not the kind of person who'd be on MetaFilter anyway. But for the record, for anyone in my group:

I hereby promise that I have no quantitative scale by which I will be measuring the religious elements of any card I receive, nor will I publicly nor privately chastise anyone about the card they send me - firstly because I have a relaxed attitude towards religion anyway, but secondly - and more importantly - because I'm not a major galumphing dickfart.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:42 PM on November 15 [6 favorites]


I'm cool with any kind of card- last year I got a wide range, some jokey, some religious, some marking various holidays, some not. It's really fun to see what people send! The one thing all cards had in common is that they wished me well. So, if you think you could be offended or made uncomfortable by best wishes that are being conveyed through the filter of a particular holiday or religion, the Mefi Holiday Card Exchange might not be for you. (And that's fine!) The Mefi Card Club, where you can specify specific events or days, might be more to your liking.
posted by Secretariat at 1:46 PM on November 15 [4 favorites]


I'll happily take cards for any holiday or celebration that falls in any time of the year in any part of the world, religious, secular, or independent. I get fewer and fewer cards each year from friendsnfamily -- it isn't personal, they claim -- and so I'm counting on MeFi to make my mantel look festive in December and January.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:53 PM on November 15 [3 favorites]


I'd love to send a card to a three-year-old, but if I get that address, the age of the recipient will be indicated, right? I think it might be weird to send some strange-o vaguely ironic thing (my preferred style) to a child. Like, what if my cards have a reindeer holding a martini glass or something? For a child, I'd rather get something different.
posted by holborne at 2:32 PM on November 15


ohboyohboyohboyohboy!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 2:55 PM on November 15 [2 favorites]


All signed up! I’m having so much fun prepping the package for my quonsee that I want to keep that good feeling expanding!
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 5:39 PM on November 15 [2 favorites]


EEEEE!
posted by RhysPenbras at 6:09 PM on November 15 [2 favorites]


Excited and signed up!
posted by AlexiaSky at 12:20 AM on November 16


Signed up, yay! Nthing that I love getting any kind of card that people want to send ... this is a no card judging zone! I line them up in a visible and special place and love all the different sizes and patterns.
posted by gudrun at 4:50 AM on November 16 [3 favorites]


Etrigan - I think sending cards to your 3.5yo would be fun! But yes, if you will make a note, so that I can include that when I send out the email.

Samworm, I definitely think "anything kind, well meaning and broadly seasonal" is perfectly acceptable. I may even steal that for the description next year!

theappleonatree - I have a place for both your metafilter name and the name you would like mail sent to on the signup sheet, so you can use whatever name you prefer! I have had one request from someone to only be matched with people using names and not only handles, which is also fine.
posted by needlegrrl at 5:26 AM on November 16 [6 favorites]


Yay! All signed up!
posted by mochapickle at 12:23 PM on November 16 [1 favorite]


Signed up! I figured my handle’s not that cool anyway so might as well sign with my name.

I already have tons of cards waiting for the right people!
posted by theappleonatree at 4:24 PM on November 16 [3 favorites]


Yay! Thanks again to needlgrrl for administrating this! I am so excited to send some holiday cards to MeFites! Have fun, everyone!
posted by danabanana at 2:26 PM on November 18 [1 favorite]


I am pumped about this!
posted by jeoc at 5:49 PM on November 18


This is great! See y’all in the mailbox!
posted by pickles_have_souls at 7:20 PM on November 19


So, this is quite an annoying thing to add, and I fear I may be piggy backing (literally, as you'll see) but seems to be the best place - every year I do a card based on the Chinese zodiac sign for the upcoming year (my wife is Japanese, and it's a lot more fun than trying to find something in the traditional subject matter). The printer I use does quantities of 100, then 250 - we need more than 100 but a lot less than 250, so every year there are lots left over, which makes me a bit sad, and every year I've thought of asking Metafilterians if they want one. And this thread ought to be the right place for it.

Thing is, though, the postage for the ones I already send is enormous (much more than the cost of the cards), and I'm in the UK, so sending a card to the US would cost £1.25 each time. Just typing this makes me feel Scroogian, so I ought to sign up, and probably will, but would it be bad of me to offer to send a card beyond that to anyone who would cover the postage?
posted by Grangousier at 4:32 AM on November 20


I filled out the form, but actually put a request for folk to send my grandmother some Christmas cards.

I understand this is not actually the main use case for the metafilter card swap, but she is 93 and really loves getting cards (especially from interesting people and places around the world). This would be such a nice christmas surprise for her.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 11:52 AM on November 20 [9 favorites]


I really hope I get your grandmother’s name on my list—what a nice idea!
posted by bookmammal at 12:16 PM on November 20 [4 favorites]


Grangousier, I'm wondering if your cards might be something to be offered for sale on the MeFiMall...just a thought...
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 12:16 PM on November 20


They could be, but they're a bit idiosyncratic, and I must confess I'd not thought anyone else would want one. I was just about to offer to Just this guy y'know to send his gran a card anyway, however the lists work out, as long as she'd be cool about getting a card with a cartoon boar on it. There is an explanation on the back, though.

I could offer them for sale at the postage price alone, though, for the buyer to receive rather than send - is that what you meant?

(I've signed up, by the way.)

They're off being printed at the moment.

(2020 is the year of the rat, too. 2021 year of the ox, so that'll be a lot less fraught with potential wtf.)

This is the 2018 card, for Year of the Dog, in a silver frame presiding over the dinner table. The 2019 card looks nothing like that, though.
posted by Grangousier at 12:35 PM on November 20 [2 favorites]


For the record, I would be THRILLED to receive a holiday card featuring a boar!
posted by bookmammal at 12:49 PM on November 20 [2 favorites]


I just signed up! I love sending cards, and I have a terrible-in-more-ways-than-one hoard. Somebody's going to be getting some pretty cheesy holiday wishes =)

Quick question: Is the expectation that some amount of MeFi-stalking will occur to personalize the messages, or is that creepy in this context / the cards should be generic?
posted by Metasyntactic at 11:18 AM on November 23


I don’t think there are really any rules—other than simply sending some sort of card to each name that you receive, and to thoroughly enjoy the cards you get! Stalk away if you wish, but it’s not required!
posted by bookmammal at 11:46 AM on November 23 [2 favorites]


I'm so glad that I barely got in... I got these super cute holiday cards from the CAM. They require ribbon: I'm gonna send ribbon.
posted by blessedlyndie at 1:48 AM on November 25 [2 favorites]


Ha ha, some folks are getting custom pink highlighter drawings from my 5yo, who also very diligently stamped and sealed each envelope. An extra bit of love for you all! :)
posted by jillithd at 6:55 PM on November 25 [6 favorites]


Just an update - I have sent out all the US Only groups, and will send out the international groups tomorrow, like in the evening! Sorry for the delay - things took longer around here this weekend than anticipated. I have everyone sorted, just need to prep and send emails.

If you requested more than 10 cards (and were willing to send anywhere) you may receive more than one email from me, so if you don't have the number of names/addresses you were expecting, they should come tomorrow.

If you notice anything else amiss with the emails, let me know! I'm always looking for ways to improve my process.
posted by needlegrrl at 7:02 PM on November 25 [9 favorites]


I got a grandmother! Should I write some context on the card, or does it not matter? I don't know how to explain us to strangers...

Also, because my post office was terrible and then was torn down so I have nowhere to ask: if I'm mailing a standard sized letter from the US to foreign parts, will it work if I use two letter forever stamps and a postcard forever stamp?
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:04 PM on November 26 [1 favorite]


Er, I didn’t get my assignments, and I’m pretty sure I was US only. Am I looking in the wrong place?
posted by holborne at 8:11 PM on November 26


Got my international list, everything looks A-OK. Hopefully the mail backlog here in Canada doesn't take too long to clear. Looking forward to the happy feels!
posted by Hardcore Poser at 9:44 PM on November 26


Holborne, check your email - I had a spreadsheet snafu, but you should have your list now!
posted by needlegrrl at 9:43 AM on November 27


The corpse in the library: enter in your info here on postcalc.usps.com. The big deal is how much it weighs. For instance, a 1oz envelope from the US to the UK would be $1.15.
posted by jillithd at 11:16 AM on November 27 [1 favorite]


Writing cards right now, with pleasure. Thank you needlegrl
posted by 15L06 at 11:52 AM on November 27 [1 favorite]


It’s more that I don’t know how forever stamps work. (Writing this makes me feel like Mister Burns.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:00 PM on November 27 [1 favorite]


Forever letter stamps are worth whatever a standard 1 oz letter costs to mail within the US as of the day you mail it, regardless of when you bought it or for how much. As of now, that's $0.50. Ditto for forever postcard stamps, which are currently worth $0.35.

So for a foreign 1 oz letter, use one forever-letter and two forever-postcard stamps.
posted by Etrigan at 12:24 PM on November 27 [3 favorites]


I sent out my holiday postcards yesterday and I got to send a card to Caspar the cat!

I made my postcards during a black and white darkroom class I took this fall. They are a little creepy (Zombie head in a mini fridge with twinkle lights) and I hope everyone likes them. I tried not to be too awkward in my message on the back.

Thanks for organizing the exchange, needlegrrl!
posted by source.decay at 4:15 AM on November 29 [5 favorites]


I have picked out my cards, and I'm starting to think about what kind of note I'll put in them!
posted by Secretariat at 3:38 PM on November 29 [3 favorites]


I sent my regular card club cards out today, along with my first batch of holiday cards.(Including one to Just this guy y'know's grandma, which, just to reiterate, is the best use of this exchange! Not that I am unselfish enough to follow his example - I am looking forward to seeing y'all's cards.)

source.decay, those postcards sound spectacular!

Happy posting everyone!
posted by the primroses were over at 1:59 PM on December 1


source.decay, I received one of your cards! My roommate brought it in and asked hesitantly if I knew where it was from, ha. I *LOVED* it, though. Thank you for sharing your work!
posted by theappleonatree at 3:27 PM on December 1 [1 favorite]


I owe 7 mefites an apology, but I don't have their usernames.

I got 12 / 19 cards sent. I was going to (and did!) finish the rest at the airport. Only to discover that the first airport didn't have any mailboxes inside security. Neither did the second. I've *never* had a problem mailing stuff from an airport, but I guess I've never tried to do it in the US -- I usually just want to make sure postcards get the foreign postmark!

OK, fine. I'll buy postcards and mail them from abroad! That's probably *better*!! Well, it would've worked, until in my sleep-deprived-from-travel state I left the bag of postcards in the taxi.

And now, I'm stuck on a boat, and will be until the 20th... at which point the last 7 will be mailed.
posted by Metasyntactic at 7:08 PM on December 2 [1 favorite]


Oh! Oh! Of course the internet can provide. 7 of y'all are now getting 2 cards ... one of which will be on time =)
posted by Metasyntactic at 9:25 PM on December 2 [1 favorite]


I sent out the cards today, post office said it taked 4 to 8 days from Austria to the US. As this is the first year I am taking part, I hope I did it ok, was not sure what to write into the cards, tbh. Hope they are ok.
posted by 15L06 at 4:08 AM on December 3 [3 favorites]


15L06–I’m sure they are fine! There really aren’t any rules—it’s just fun to send and receive real mail!
posted by bookmammal at 6:40 AM on December 3 [4 favorites]


10 Cards sent today from the UK. Each one has a couple of small homemade MetaFilter tree hangers so you can bring some (admittedly imperfectly rendered) nerd chic to the decorations this year :)

Hope they arrive in time, all going to the USA and the official last posting date from the UK is 14 December so we should be safe.
posted by samworm at 11:19 AM on December 3 [4 favorites]


Oh my goodness! I just mailed 29!!! cards out today!
posted by Secretariat at 6:38 PM on December 3 [4 favorites]


Cards have been sent today, and then I came home to find I received the first one!
posted by buildmyworld at 9:17 PM on December 3 [2 favorites]


I've sent all of my MeFi cards and very few of my person-I-actually-know ones. It's much easier to write a generic warm greeting to strangers... I could do the same for my family and friends, I suppose.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:03 AM on December 4 [2 favorites]


I sent out all mine from Korea on Monday! I hope it works out! No one at the post office speaks English so *fingers crossed*
posted by FakePalindrome at 10:37 PM on December 5 [2 favorites]


Guys - I've not sent out my cards yet becuase of Stuff (and my job being shitty). Is sending them out this weekend still okay?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:35 AM on December 6 [3 favorites]


EmpressCallipygos - I think we are good to send cards for at least the next week with no guilt. (international may vary!)

I still have a few to send out which I hope to put in the mail tomorrow. Some I sent to Santa, ID, for remailing, so those won't be mailed out until next week. (I assume? this is my first year doing that.)

Honestly, if I get a few cards into January, I'll still be quite pleased with them!
posted by needlegrrl at 6:29 AM on December 6 [5 favorites]


Sending mine out today!
posted by bookmammal at 8:08 AM on December 6 [2 favorites]


Got my cards out! Yay!
posted by AlexiaSky at 11:20 PM on December 6 [2 favorites]


Mine are going out next week -- solidarity to Straggler Nation!
posted by mochapickle at 8:58 AM on December 7 [5 favorites]


We help spread the fun throughout the month.
posted by rhizome at 6:57 PM on December 7 [5 favorites]


Non-US cards (and some US cards I could complete before work decided to start sucking again) went out today; remainder should be out Monday (Etrigan said hubristically).
posted by Etrigan at 7:46 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]


Got my first card!
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:28 PM on December 7 [1 favorite]


I've rec'd my first card earlier this week and I've mailed everything that has to go out of the country as of yesterday. Just a couple more cards to drop in the mail and that's it! Hopefully, Canada Post gets the mail going a bit better so everything gets delivered prior to Christmas. *Fingers crossed.*
posted by googlebombed at 9:07 AM on December 8 [1 favorite]


I've been a little afraid to check in on this thread because I am only able to send my cards out today, but I like rhizome's way of looking at it: isn't it more fun to get a surprise over a period of time?
posted by invokeuse at 10:58 AM on December 8 [3 favorites]


Its is! Cards are trickling in and I couldn't be more happy!

First year doing something like this and I'm totally hooked.
posted by AlexiaSky at 1:04 PM on December 8 [4 favorites]


I got a bunch today!!! Very happy me. If you haven't sent yours yet no worries! I for one am looking forward to a whole month's worth of cards. :) Thanks again needlegrrl and everyone!
posted by soakimbo at 6:56 PM on December 10


I'm sending mine tomorrow...probably.
posted by rhizome at 10:18 PM on December 10


Oh, I should mention that all my cards are in the post as of last Friday, and will hopefully be arriving at some point. If not, do give me a shout.
posted by Grangousier at 8:06 AM on December 11


Finally got all mine in the mail today so hopefully they will make their way to everybody in the next few days.

In the meantime I already have several lovely cards from lovely Mefites and I am running out of magnets to put them all on my fridge (bc I don't have a mantel or anything)... thanks needlegrrl for organizing and everybody for participating!
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 11:28 AM on December 11


Two unicycles and some duct tape, I actually put up a string of LED photo clips across a wall (we're still unpacking and putting things up, so I have a blank wall!) and am putting my cards on that, which is making me super happy.
posted by needlegrrl at 6:26 AM on December 12 [1 favorite]


I have already gotten a couple of delightful cards from MeFites! Mine are all sent and hopefully are arriving safely in inboxes.
posted by capricorn at 11:44 AM on December 12 [1 favorite]


I have received such great cards!!!! One had a Santa, Idaho postmark! One is a Christmas tree with button ornaments! Another is a hand drawn Informer joke! There are Metafilter snowflakes for my tree! There is a fruitcake card, and a holiday poodle, and a glittery dove, and a holographic strawberry, and a gorgeous sledding scene that is apparently a print of an original the artist painted by mouth!

Y'all are fantastic season's greeters - I am so impressed.
posted by the primroses were over at 5:54 PM on December 12 [3 favorites]


my cards finally went out yesterday amen!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:44 AM on December 13 [1 favorite]


Another is a hand drawn Informer joke!

Oh, thank goodness! My partner had me half-convinced that no one would get a joke about the foremost pre-Drake Canadian rapper.
posted by palindromic at 11:07 AM on December 13 [1 favorite]


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