No Religious Greeting Cards Generally Available


#1

Hi everyone. I was looking at the Christmas sections of several major stores, and couldn’t find a manger scene, or the three wise men, etc. All the cards available were either Santa Claus, a snow scene, a cowboy snow scene, a Christmas tree, presents, a sled leaning against a fence, a pair of ice skates, etc.

Now, I don’t mind people using the ‘Happy Holiday’ greeting at stores. After all, they don’t know the affiliation of the customer for sure, so it does make sense. But, I’d like to know why the major stores don’t offer religious cards. Are people afraid to send these to their non- religious friends and relatives? This is definately a cultural change in the last 20 years or so…


#2

[quote=spiritblows]Hi everyone. I was looking at the Christmas sections of several major stores, and couldn’t find a manger scene, or the three wise men, etc. All the cards available were either Santa Claus, a snow scene, a cowboy snow scene, a Christmas tree, presents, a sled leaning against a fence, a pair of ice skates, etc.

Now, I don’t mind people using the ‘Happy Holiday’ greeting at stores. After all, they don’t know the affiliation of the customer for sure, so it does make sense. But, I’d like to know why the major stores don’t offer religious cards. Are people afraid to send these to their non- religious friends and relatives? This is definately a cultural change in the last 20 years or so…
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I haven’t gone Christmas card shopping this year, but if what you observe is true outside of your limited area, then this development is newer than 20 years old. Just a couple of years ago, I could easily find religious cards in regular retail stores.


#3

I saw lots of religious ones at Coach House Gifts and Hallmark, if you have either of those near you…


#4

I saw plenty of religious Christmas cards at Target & Walmart & Hallmark also found lots of cards online…but this was early in the season (pre-season) perhaps they are all sold out!!!


#5

Our Wal-Mart generally carries religious cards, we’ve got so many from last year (love those after Christmas sales :slight_smile: ) so I don’t know about this year. Our area may not be typical, too, it’s very conservative and religious.

Our Knights of Columbus group sells Christmas cards for very reasonable prices every year–maybe your church has something similar?

It does really bother me that you’re having trouble finding religious cards; after all, why are we celebrating Christmas if not for Christ?


#6

If you are looking for boxed cards, I would also suggest the larger book stores like Borders or Barnes & Noble. I do not personally buy or send cards, but I have looked at them there.

For me, I would have to look at content and printer since I will not buy from a certain company.

PF


#7

There are several on-line sources: Printery House, Concilliar Press, Leaflett Missal.


#8

Hallmark has tons. (that’s where we purchased ours this year.) CVS does too, if you have one near you…maybe this late in the season they’re just really picked over.


#9

I was more commenting on the fact that I checked the offerings at several local stores, and was surprised and disappointed by the fact that 95% of the cards for sale were secular themed ones. I bought my cards at St Vincent de Pauls, which allowed you to buy them very inexpensively and individually select them.

I think year by year Christmas is becoming more and more merely a secular winter festival for most people.


#10

[quote=spiritblows]I was more commenting on the fact that I checked the offerings at several local stores, and was surprised and disappointed by the fact that 95% of the cards for sale were secular themed ones. I bought my cards at St Vincent de Pauls, which allowed you to buy them very inexpensively and individually select them.

I think year by year Christmas is becoming more and more merely a secular winter festival for most people.
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I remember Dave Barry once writing a list of the holidays practiced in December that went something like, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali, Atheist-Children-Get-Presents-Day… I found it highly amusing. Personally, I’d kind of prefer it if people who aren’t Christian stopped celebrating Christmas. Maybe they can have December 27 or something. I mean, really, how many non-Jews are out there celebrating Hanukkah? If you’re just a nominal Christian, then fine, celebrate Christmas, but have the guts to publically call it Christmas and acknowledge that it’s a religious holiday. If you’re most definitely not Christian, then find your own holidays! Christmas is taken!


#11

My experience was that there were far less religious choices this year than in years past.


#12

I always get my cards from www.currentcatalog.com for Christmas, and other occasions. They have a good selection, including religious cards. And, they are very inexpensive compared to stores.


#13

I dind’t send any cards this year because I couldn’t find any I liked. Maybe I’m too particular. I found the religious cards to be poor art etc or no mention of Jesus on the inside etc. I just couldn’t find the right combination.

My husband works in an international dept at the University & he brought home some lovely religious cards he recieved from contacts in Poland. They were all Christ centered/religious cards. I wonder how secular Christmas is in Europe compared to America.


#14

[font=Arial]I don’t know where you live, but here in Michigan (and the general Great Lakes region) we have Marshall Field’s department stores. My mom and I spent at least a half-hour in front of their card displays because we couldn’t decide which religious cards to buy- too many choices! I finally chose two boxes of lovely cards. They’re all addressed- now I just have to get off my duff and mail them…:o [/font]

I have also found lovely religious cards at Target, Borders bookstore, Hallmark, and sometimes even at large pharmacies. Plus, a lot of charities sell cards as fundraisers. Check out Catholic ones, and I bet you’ll find something you like.

PS- don’t forget the Madonna-and-Child stamps from the post office!


#15

Goodonya… and here I was thinking you lived in an Islamic State…but no just a Godless one

Maybe you need to make some …


#16

<<PS- don’t forget the Madonna-and-Child stamps from the post office!>>

The Madonna and Child stamps I got from the post office were left over from last year, and only some post offices had them. They didn’t make a new religious stamp this year.


#17

I purchased my Christmas Cards from the EWTN web site. Religious Catalog - Christmas 2005. However, it’s getting a little late to order cards, have them delivered and mailed out before December 25th. Maybe there is a catholic book store - gift shop nearby where you live that still has religious greeting cards.


#18

I make mine using two stamp sets from Stampin Up. One set has the Holy Family and the other set has Madonna and Child. This year I’m kinda forced to go buy some as we’re just dealing with too much stuff right now for me to sit down and make some and I can’t seem to find the extras I made last year (something with having just had our house packed up and moved for the second time in 7 months and I’m not finished unpacking… :stuck_out_tongue: )


#19

I bought a box of 32 religious cards from Walmart, complete with Scripture verses, for $4. They don’t look like cheapies, either. I have more left over form last year to round out.


#20

[quote=spiritblows]Hi everyone. I was looking at the Christmas sections of several major stores, and couldn’t find a manger scene, or the three wise men, etc. All the cards available were either Santa Claus, a snow scene, a cowboy snow scene, a Christmas tree, presents, a sled leaning against a fence, a pair of ice skates, etc.

Now, I don’t mind people using the ‘Happy Holiday’ greeting at stores. After all, they don’t know the affiliation of the customer for sure, so it does make sense. But, I’d like to know why the major stores don’t offer religious cards. Are people afraid to send these to their non- religious friends and relatives? This is definately a cultural change in the last 20 years or so…
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When I worked at Walmart 8 years ago, on two separate occasions I wished a Customer “Happy Holidays” and they angrily told me that they don’t celebarte holidays or birthdays etc. So nothing is fool proof :bigyikes:

I have also noticed the trend to non-religious Christmas Cards. I think people are concerned with offending or annoying people by sending them an overtly religious Christmas Card.

For the past 4 years I have been making my own, Including a manger scene and a heartfelt sentiment about various messages we may receive from the Christmas Story. I also include a letter printed on photopaper with pictures of our family over the year. (Sort of like a scrapbook page) I take great pains to not make the letter braggy, but funny and it is nice for relatives and friends who rarely see us to watch our family grow and be a part of our lives by reading about our personalities and what we like to do and how God has touched our lives, lessons learned etc.


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