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Fewer people sending holiday cards in 2009

By Ed O'Keefe

The Post's Steve Hendrix reports:

It's the middle of December, and Peg Willingham wants to know: Where are all the Christmas cards?

"I've only gotten about four," said the Falls Church mother as she tabulated the meager pile in the little red basket that serves as her card caddy each year. "Normally, I'd have a pretty full basket by now -- at least 15 or 20 cards. I'm trying not to take it too personally."

She shouldn't. Lots of Washington area residents report that this season is shaping up as a ho-ho-hum year for holiday cards, at least the kind you can collect in a little red basket. Even the post office has noticed a significant thinning of the usual torrent of festive envelopes.

For the first two weeks of December, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Michael Woods, "we are seeing about an 11 percent decrease in first-class cancellations from last year, which is a good proxy for the number of cards and letters coming through the system."

And although last-minute mailers are still adding to all those waiting baskets, wicker sleighs and refrigerator doors, there are signs that plenty of people are giving hard-copy greetings a complete pass this time around.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 19, 2009; 12:28 PM ET
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