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80% Finns intend to send Christmas greetings

Published : 06 Dec 2021, 22:41

  DF Report

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About 80% of Finns intend to send Christmas greetings, and up to 90% of those who do so consider it a tradition to be preserved, according to a survey.

The survey commissioned by Posti in the second half of November and showed that at the same time, more and more Finns are buying Christmas gifts online: 53% of respondents have bought or plan to buy Christmas gifts from online stores, said a press release.

The survey reveals that the most popular way of sending Christmas greetings is once again to mail a card or a letter. Cards include both store-bought and home-made Christmas cards as well as mailed greetings made of a personal photo.

“A Christmas card is a beautiful and traditional way of bringing joy and sending greetings. It is wonderful that this tradition continues from one decade to the next and is thus passed on to next generations. According to the survey, a paper Christmas card conveys a personal and warm thought from the sender to the recipient,” said Tuija Åkerman, Consumer Mail Business Unit, Posti.

According to the survey results, Christmas cards are sent to family members, relatives and friends. Again this year, most greetings will be sent to siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles. People also want to remember their current and former neighbors with Christmas cards.

Up to 95% of those planning to send Christmas greetings said that their main motivation was to make the recipient happy. The importance of tradition was also emphasized in the survey: 90% of respondents consider Christmas cards a tradition they want to hold on to.

Last year, the corresponding percentage was 81%. Reciprocating was another central reason; receiving a Christmas card from someone makes people want to return the favor by sending a card back.

If it is not possible to meet friends and family face-to-face this Christmas, the importance of sending greetings in the form of a card is further emphasized.

“Christmas cards, letters or even mailed photo greetings are a beautiful way of remembering loved ones as the COVID-19 situation continues to overshadow our lives. They will surely delight the recipient for a long time,” said Åkerman.