That’s right, it’s back and hopefully even better than ever before! While the Christmas Card Swap 2021 has officially moved over to Christmas With Katie, I couldn’t let the year go through without mentioning it here at least once. Have you signed up yet? Or are you waiting to find out what it’s about?
I love the festive season – I don’t think you can deny it. Between my Blogmas guide and my Christmas short stories, that should be enough to convince you. However if you still doubt that my favourite time of year is Christmas, then just take a look at that “Blogmas” category tag up in the header. Believe me yet? If not, head over to Christmas With Katie where Blogtober is seriously underway with a festive-recipe-a-day! Today’s recipe is a do not miss one!
Well, the Christmas Card Swap was threatened last year. Fewer cards are arriving through the letterbox, and I genuinely wasn’t sure if you would be interested in it again. However a few people private messaged me to ensure that it was happening, and so we’re back for another year! Keep reading for more information…
The Christmas Card Swap 2021
Christmas truly is one of the best times of the year. It’s when we are kind and thoughtful to family, friends, and complete strangers – all in the spirit of goodwill. One of the most common ways of spreading that Christmas cheer is through the exchanging of Christmas Cards. If you, like me, love to write and send Christmas cards, then welcome to my Christmas Card Swap!
As time goes on, it seems fewer and fewer Christmas cards come in through the door during the festive season. So is that a sign to stop card swaps? Or is it even more reason to host a Christmas card swap? All I know is that my Christmas Card Swap has migrated from this blog – Life With Ktkinnes – to my Christmas blog – Christmas With Katie – in an effort to continue a dying Christmas tradition.
The History of the Card Swap
Back in 2016, I had everyone either email or DM me on Twitter if they wanted to partake in my Christmas Card Swap. This seemed like a great idea, until I was jumping between accounts and trying to format the addresses to make sure no one got left out. Then, in 2017 I discovered JotForm and I was a very happy Katie. No more trying to gather addresses myself, people could just sign up through the link, leave their addresses, and at the end of the sign up period I emailed the spreadsheet to everyone and told them to just go for it and be free!
In 2018, I decided enough was enough. I would just give everyone 3 people to write to each, unless they asked for more. I didn’t have a clue at the time how much longer that would take to organise! Needless to say, I went into work shattered the morning after I’d sorted it all. So in 2019, I decided to resort to the 2017 style. Did it work? I don’t know. I know I can count on one hand the number of cards I received, even after sending out 30 myself. And I wasn’t sending them to receive them, but it made me wonder how many other people taking part had had the same experience. Then came the Christmas card swap of 2020 and I was blown away by the level of interest!
Christmas Card Swap 2021
If you took part last year and would like to be involved again this year then please let me know by filling out the form again. As I’m sure you’re all aware, GDPR has a lot of implications so just to clarify – your address will not be stored longer than necessary to complete this year’s card swap, and you have the right to withdraw your name and address at any stage of the Christmas Card Swap.
For this reason, I can’t just use your details from last year so please do sign up again if you want to take part! If you’re reading this to have your details removed from the list, click here to email me using the title “Cancelling Christmas Card Swap”.
Sign up closes on Monday 22nd November 2021 at 11:59pm (London Time), and I will be in touch with the relevant addresses by Thursday 25th November 2021! So what are you waiting for? Click the link below to take part!
*Please note, this card swap is open to everyone, not just bloggers*
Cards can be homemade or store bought, and that part is entirely up to you. Just remember to check latest posting times and dates with your local post office as you want it to arrive before the 25th December!
Signing up to the Christmas Card Swap means you will be allowing me to store your details and send them out in November to anyone else who has signed up and meets the criteria for sending and receiving cards. I’ll not set a maximum on the number of cards you can send, but I do ask that you send at least 1 card out to someone from the card swap! Who knows, you may meet your next pen pal through it.