Sunday, January 06, 2013

The big 2012 Christmas Card Audit

This is something I've been meaning to do for a few years, but have finally got round to it. Last night Cathy and I went through our Christmas cards and worked out some fun categories. This may give us an insight into Christmas, the kind of people who send us cards, or it could just be diverting nonsense. You decide.

Total number of Christmas cards: 104
Hand-made / home-produced cards: 6
Cards with magnets on: 1

Cards sold in aid of charity: 42
Of which...
Traidcraft cards: 6
Oxfam cards: 2
Cancer charities: 14 (including some cards with multiple charities supported, including cancer charities)
Total number of charities represented: 40
Interesting note: all the Traidcraft / Oxfam cards had a religious theme

Religious-themed cards: 37
Cards featuring characters from the Christmas story: 32
Of which...
Three kings: 9
The Shepherds: 2
The Star of Bethlehem: 1
The Holy Family or Baby Jesus: 20
Other themes
'Peace': 4
Santa: 6
Penguins: 5
Various cartoon bears: 10, plus 2 polar bears
Dogs in Santa Hats: 2

Cards that mention 'Christmas' on the front: 45
Interestingly, a lot of the religious-themed cards don't mention Christmas on the front. Just a picture of the Kings or the Stable. Not sure what that's about.

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