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John Lewis Advent Calendar 2023, Day 7: Send and display your Christmas cards

While some are opting to send a message or a digital card over a handwritten one, the tradition of sending Christmas cards is still loved by Mumsnet users for spreading joy during the holidays.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated Dec 13, 2023

John Lewis Advent Calendar 2023, Day 7: Do you still send Christmas cards?

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When the first Christmas cards start landing on your doormat, you know the festivities are not far away. For a long time, it has been a staple Christmas tradition but while sending cards en masse is becoming less popular, there’s still plenty of our Mumsnet users who enjoy sending them to loved ones at Christmas.

With the option of digital e-cards, text messages and social media making it quicker, easier and, of course, cheaper, to spread love to your friends and family at Christmas, the tradition of writing cards has far from gone away yet. Our Mumsnet users who love to send cards say they like to send them to friends and family who live further away, with personalised cards becoming a more popular option for close friends and family.

With immediate family we do nice thoughtful cards. I always buy a pick to send to relatives we never see too. And have a few spare to send if people don't send to me.


I like sending cards, it seems a more personal greeting than a text. I buy cards that I really like rather than charity cards (but could be both) and then donate money to a local charity where I know they get 100%.


If you’re not giving up on card-writing just yet, picking the right one for the lucky recipient can be just as much fun as sending and receiving them. Do you go for funny, cute or traditional? Thankfully, John Lewis caters to all of those options, with a huge range of cards. including pop up cards, cute animal themes -  cat in a Santa hat, anyone? - and jokes that will get your friends and family laughing. There’s also bumper packs of charity cards to choose from, so you can contribute to a good cause too. All in the spirit of Christmas, right?

For a festive mantelpiece

For a festive mantlepiece

If you're sending cards still, it's safe to say you're probably receiving them, too. But where do you put them all? The mantelpiece is the first place to start. If you haven't already decked yours out, here are some ideas...

Display your cards around the home

Or alternatively, if you don't have a mantelpiece to show them on, an easy way to showcase your Christmas cards around your home is with a over-the-door card holder, like this one:

John Lewis Snowflake Card Holder, £20

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John Lewis Snowflake Card Holder

What is the John Lewis Advent calendar 2023?

For the first 12 days of December, we’re serving up Christmas inspiration, gift ideas and thoughtfully curated products that carry the seal of approval from our very own Mumsnet users. Make sure you check back daily!

About John Lewis

Known for much more than just those tear-jerking Christmas adverts, John Lewis is a department store that will accommodate all your needs. From home, garden, electricals, beauty, and fashion it's the perfect place to find a special gift for someone, or for yourself.

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she brings parents content designed to make life easier. As a mum-of-two, she knows all too well how difficult it can be organising Christmas. So, she's fully invested in finding the best Christmas gift ideas, offers and promotions for families this year. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog.