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Dec 6, 2016, 2:17pm Top

We’re pleased to announce the Third Annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange! Sign up to send a card—home made, store bought, holiday themed, or not—of your choosing to one LT member. You’ll receive a card in return from another LT member. You can sign up to send more than one card, if you like. The idea is that, for every card you send, you’ll receive one yourself.

»Go sign up! http://www.librarything.com/cardexchange.php

Sign-ups are open now, and close Friday, December 9th at 5pm Eastern (22:00 GMT).

More details on the blog: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2016/12/3rd-annual-holiday-card-exchange/

Dec 6, 2016, 2:49pm Top

I signed up - although for in country only this year.

This late in the season, I am not going to line up for an hour in my post office to send a few more postcards that won't even make it on ime - all of my personal ones that are crossing borders are already out and the post office is already a zoo at the times when I can get there...

Dec 6, 2016, 2:56pm Top

Signed up.
It's really nice that Tim and the LT staff makes it possible for us to do this- Thanks!

Dec 6, 2016, 3:03pm Top

Huzzah!!!! Thanks LT!

Dec 6, 2016, 3:26pm Top

signed up! Guess I'm spending the next few nights making cards!

Dec 6, 2016, 3:41pm Top

Signed up. Yay!

Dec 6, 2016, 5:35pm Top

Me too! I hope people don't mind me spamming them with a photo of our new puppy (in a Santa hat, of course), because I will most likely be sticking one in with my cards. I mean, if you don't love puppies...

Dec 6, 2016, 5:52pm Top

Trade you - my cards are my feline housemates in holiday cheer. ;)

Dec 6, 2016, 5:55pm Top

>7 kristilabrie: I hope I get one! >8 camelama: Aweee

Dec 6, 2016, 6:51pm Top

Signed up! Looking forward to the cards.

Dec 6, 2016, 7:37pm Top

>8 camelama: awesome!

Dec 6, 2016, 8:04pm Top

Puppy and kitty cards - perfect!

Not meaning to be dense, but on the sign-up sheet, what does "allow LT staff to send a company card - no promises" mean exactly? I saw it last year and didn't check it but now I thought I'd ask.

Dec 6, 2016, 8:31pm Top

>12 Copperskye: last year they didn't manage to send cards but the year before that they did. It is just a holiday card from LibraryThing if they can budget it.

Dec 6, 2016, 8:51pm Top

>13 mellymel171328: Makes sense - thanks!!

Dec 6, 2016, 11:04pm Top

Fun idea! I'll do it!

Dec 7, 2016, 8:49am Top

OK, I'm signed up. Said I'm open to send to any country, but given how busy mail service is this time of year, anyone outside the USA may not even see their card by Orthodox Christmas.

Dec 7, 2016, 10:53am Top

With other countries what I need to know is. How many stamps I need? I am tempted to open up to it because I have no idea how that works... :(

Edited: Dec 7, 2016, 11:52am Top

>17 mellymel171328: Several. Can you not get to the post office? It's probably easier for you that way, since they do direct amounts then and I don't know that they actually sell stamps in the proper amount like they do here (we have national, European, and rest of the world stamps available to buy in normal sheets)...

>16 rastaphrog: That's why those of us not in the US are not so pleased with the late date of this event.

Dec 7, 2016, 11:54am Top

>18 .Monkey.: I don't get out much to be honest. I was more wondering if the stamps are same per country or are they different per country? I have 23 stamps and I am unsure if I can afford more at this moment.

Dec 7, 2016, 11:57am Top

>17 mellymel171328: International postage stamps are $1.15 to anywhere in the world. Canada and Mexico used to be less expensive, but it doesn't appear that they are anymore. They sell international stamps at the post office, or you can use 2 forever stamps (currently valued at $.47) and a 21-cent "extra ounce" stamp.

Dec 7, 2016, 11:59am Top

>13 mellymel171328:

Really? I thought we sent cards. Certainly not to everyone, though.

Dec 7, 2016, 12:00pm Top

>20 ursula: Thank you so much.

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Dec 7, 2016, 12:05pm Top

>21 timspalding: I could be mistaken my memory is rather terrible but I do not remember getting one last year. I remember a card two years ago but I did not get one last year. I did have two of my cards didn't come in and my rent check had gone missing that month too. So... I have no idea!

Dec 7, 2016, 12:13pm Top

Canada is the same international price of $1.15 but you can send a heavier piece of mail for that same $1.15. It can be up to 2 oz as opposed to the 1 oz for other countries according to the USPS web site.

Edited: Dec 7, 2016, 12:14pm Top

>21 timspalding: We wanted and intended to send cards, but if I remember correctly, there was no one at the office (for valid reasons that escape me at the moment) to send them.

Dec 7, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Okay, I signed up through that link in the other thread, do I need to sign up again or am I signed up already?

I just sent a very small gift to Australia and it cost $13. It was literally a Christmas card and a 2-oz notebook. International mail is expensive! I mean, even the $1.15 for cards really adds up after a few people.

Dec 7, 2016, 12:39pm Top

>27 Heather19: It does, which is the other reason why it would be nice for those of us in other countries if there was an option to choose regions rather than just national/international.

Dec 7, 2016, 12:41pm Top

>28 .Monkey.: That does make sense.

Dec 7, 2016, 3:42pm Top

>21 timspalding: and >26 lorannen: Technically I was there (an hour away), and could have sent them. There was a reason why we didn't do them, but that wasn't it. I know I sent reply cards to everyone who sent them to us, at least! Having just as difficult a time remembering what else we did/didn't do as everyone else, I'm afraid.

Dec 7, 2016, 3:47pm Top

>30 kristilabrie: Then either your mailman or mine goofed up, because I sent one to LT, but did not get one in reply.

Dec 7, 2016, 3:53pm Top

>30 kristilabrie: we can send cards?!

Dec 7, 2016, 3:56pm Top

>32 mellymel171328:

Yeah, they gave us the office address in last year's thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/207057#5369435 :)

Dec 7, 2016, 4:02pm Top

>17 mellymel171328: I'm in Canada. When I go to the Canada Post website, one of the obvious links from the main page is to find out how much a stamp will cost to Canada, the US or International. Try your post office's website to find out what a stamp would cost outside your country.

Dec 7, 2016, 4:07pm Top

Dec 8, 2016, 8:37am Top

>31 MarthaJeanne: Ugh, I'm so sorry! As long as there was a return address on the card, or I could find it by poking around on LT, I sent them. Sorry you never got one. :(

>32 mellymel171328: We don't ask for them, but you're certainly welcome to! I hang them up in the office for a couple months usually. It adds some nice cheer for awhile. :)

Address for easy reference, if you want it:

286 Spring St
Portland, ME 04102

Dec 8, 2016, 11:38am Top

Edited: Dec 8, 2016, 1:38pm Top

>37 kristilabrie: Wouldn't have been the first thing mailed that didn't arrive here, so you may have sent it. Or, because of international mail, the card may have arrived there after you had stopped.

Dec 8, 2016, 1:40pm Top

>37 kristilabrie: I'm definitely sending the LT staff a card. What great work you guys do!

Dec 8, 2016, 2:14pm Top

>39 MarthaJeanne: Quite possibly. Either way, apologies!

>38 mellymel171328: and >40 mstrust: That's wonderful, looking forward to opening them! :)

Dec 8, 2016, 4:56pm Top

I just signed up for the first time - looking forward to this. I've seen some brilliant cards and will have to figure out something (there is a plan - it's all down to time!).

Just a thought - on the sign up page it says sign ups close at 5pm Eastern time and 18.00 GMT - I think 5pm Eastern equates to 10pm (22.00) in GMT.

Dec 8, 2016, 4:58pm Top

>42 Peace2: Whoops! Good catch. 5pm Eastern is, indeed, 22:00 GMT. I've updated the sign-up page to reflect that.

Dec 8, 2016, 5:00pm Top

Also, wow, this is the first time I've checked since sign-ups opened, but out of the 82 members who have joined so far, we've pledged to send over 400 cards! Amazing!

Dec 8, 2016, 5:03pm Top

>44 lorannen:
Well, I'd love to send more than 10 but apparently it is not allowed :)

Dec 8, 2016, 9:21pm Top

44- Wow that's a lot of cards! Awesome!

Dec 8, 2016, 9:30pm Top

Dec 9, 2016, 12:12pm Top

I think that this is an excellent idea! I just signed up for the first time.

Dec 9, 2016, 6:22pm Top

I'm going to keep it open. It's way too late here, in Turkey. I'll close it down in the morning--in seven hours or so.

Dec 9, 2016, 8:32pm Top

>49 timspalding: Any idea when we will be given the addresses? I had hoped to mail my cards tomorrow but if the sign up is kept open another day, I guess it will be Monday at the earliest.

Dec 9, 2016, 9:40pm Top

>50 ILuvBookplates: Those should go out shortly after sign-ups close.

Dec 10, 2016, 4:47am Top

On. Getting things out.

Dec 10, 2016, 5:56am Top

I have to remove a member who had marked not to send out the country, but there was no way to locally engineer it.

Incidentally, I may need a few users who can send or receive an extra card. I'm trying to find an alternate way to route things, but, at present, I've got some undermatches. The logic of trying to match people, with past matches, country restrictions and so forth is complicated.

Any volunteers?

Dec 10, 2016, 6:09am Top

I don't mind if you need someone to send an extra couple of cards - I don't mind where to.

Dec 10, 2016, 6:16am Top

I'm willing to send an extra card or two.

Dec 10, 2016, 6:18am Top

I can send an extra one, anywhere. (Also, I just found out that the Dutch post no longer distinguishes between stamps for Europe and "rest of the world", so that is good.)

Dec 10, 2016, 6:19am Top

Thanks. I've got what I need. I'll send you a note if I need one extra.

Edited: Dec 10, 2016, 6:29am Top

Okay, it's all set! Send your cards.

Profile comments coming soon.

I'll also ask a few people to send out an extra card.

Dec 10, 2016, 6:38am Top

>56 jarno87:

So it's one price for Holland and one for extra-Holland?

Dec 10, 2016, 6:41am Top

Okay, all set. I asked two members for one extra card each.

Edited: Dec 10, 2016, 6:48am Top

>59 timspalding:
Exactly. At least for simple cards/letters up to 20 grams (0.7 oz.).

Dec 10, 2016, 6:48am Top

Quick postal etiquette question. I remember this being discussed last year but if someone's name is not included with their address should we address the card to their user name or address it without any name? I think that people who didn't participate last year may not have known they had to include their name, thinking it would automatically show up.

Dec 10, 2016, 6:50am Top

Good question. I'd send it to "Secret Elf" or "Joanne K. Rowling." But I'm weird.

Dec 10, 2016, 8:19am Top

>62 ILuvBookplates: If they're in the US, it's probably fine either way. If they're elsewhere, it may not get to them without their actual name. In this area of the world several mailboxes are on one door, so the only way things can go to the right person is by having the right name.

Dec 10, 2016, 10:00am Top

In Austria it probably wouldn't matter much.

Dec 10, 2016, 10:25am Top

>62 ILuvBookplates: Check their profile, a real name may be there, it was for the person I'm sending to that didn't show a name

Dec 10, 2016, 1:31pm Top

I didn't get any message with addresses, and the link in the first post still has a "sign up!" button for me. Does that mean that my sign up didn't go through??

Dec 10, 2016, 5:04pm Top

I would like to apologize in advance for those whom receive one of the 'kitten loved' cards from me. She decided to help by attempting to chew corners. Brat.

Dec 10, 2016, 5:09pm Top

>68 Mareofthesea: Awe she was only helping!

Dec 10, 2016, 5:16pm Top

>67 Heather19: Oh no :(

If it did not take, please do send me your address in a private message on my profile. Noone should be cardless this holiday season.

Dec 10, 2016, 5:28pm Top

>67 Heather19: PM me your address, too! I can send one more easily enough :)

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Dec 10, 2016, 6:15pm Top

Those are PERSONALIZED cards, my dear! Extra special!

Edited: Dec 10, 2016, 6:39pm Top

I didn't get any message with addresses, and the link in the first post still has a "sign up!" button for me. Does that mean that my sign up didn't go through??

Still true? Try a control- or shift-refresh?

Note: The messages don't have addresses. The http://www.librarything.com/cardexchange.php has them, at the bottom.

Dec 10, 2016, 6:57pm Top

>53 timspalding: I can send an extra card or two if you still need extras.

Dec 10, 2016, 6:59pm Top

>64 .Monkey.: Wow, I never would have thought of that! I probably would have just automatically put their screen name!

Dec 10, 2016, 6:59pm Top

Dec 10, 2016, 9:02pm Top

74: I cleared my cookies, then logged back in, and still no message, and the sign-up page still has the "sign me up!" link. Dangit.

70/71: Thank you for your thoughfulness! I will PM you.

Dec 10, 2016, 10:43pm Top

I'll put my name on the list of "willing to send out more cards".

Dec 10, 2016, 10:47pm Top

Me too, extra cards!

Dec 10, 2016, 11:17pm Top

And they're off!

Dec 11, 2016, 4:21am Top

>78 Heather19:

Hey. That's true because your account—Heather19—isn't enrolled. Maybe you have it under another account? If you want in, however, let me know by PM with amount and country and so forth--the regular sign-up won't work, and I'll be turning it off now that I know it's possible in this situation. I'll find you someone, especially if 1-3 or so.

Dec 11, 2016, 5:42am Top

My cards are all set to go. Will be hitting the PO soon as they open tomorrow to make sure they have enough postage, especially as I have a bunch going out to friends from elsewhere and one of them is in Cyprus.

>82 timspalding: If you still have any "oddballs" to match up, or to get Heather in, I can handle a few more.

Dec 11, 2016, 7:19am Top

My cards are ready, and I'll post them this afternoon. Unfortunately the mailboxes are no longer emptied on Sundays, as there is no mail delivery on Mondays. As 3 out of 4 have to go all the way across the Atlantic to the US, I hope they will arrive before the end of the year (Christmas seems to optimistic), but it might be later.

Dec 11, 2016, 4:47pm Top

Did not get messages either, but checked here and found addresses.

Dec 11, 2016, 4:49pm Top

One address has no name on it. Should I just use the membername?

Dec 11, 2016, 4:52pm Top

>86 andreas.wpv: That is what I did

Dec 11, 2016, 5:49pm Top

>86 andreas.wpv: First check the profile. Some people have their real names listed there.

Dec 12, 2016, 12:16am Top

Okay, my cards will be in the mail in the morning. I just need to buy some stamps.

Dec 12, 2016, 11:25am Top

Please add me to the list of "willing to send more cards" anywhere.

Dec 12, 2016, 2:30pm Top

I've got all of my LT cards into the post this afternoon, so now I'm hoping that they'll get there in the vicinity of the Christmas but as they're all crossing the Atlantic I guess I can't count on it yet. Merry Christmas everybody nonetheless.

Dec 12, 2016, 2:34pm Top

Sent mine out today!

Dec 12, 2016, 2:48pm Top

Cards sent!

Dec 12, 2016, 2:49pm Top

If you need any more sent let me know.

Dec 12, 2016, 3:40pm Top

My cards went to the post office today. :)

Dec 12, 2016, 3:44pm Top

I am hoping to have mine out tomorrow.

Dec 12, 2016, 7:58pm Top

Mine was sent today! I'd be happy to send more if need be...

Dec 12, 2016, 9:15pm Top

I was hoping to get mine today but I waited at the after hours pedatric clinic almost 3 hours.

Dec 13, 2016, 1:16pm Top

And they are off!!

Dec 14, 2016, 12:20am Top

All my cards are on their way. Luck be with them!

I'm having a little trouble with packages this year . . .

Dec 14, 2016, 9:40am Top

I've got a member in Australia who needs a card sent out to them. Who wants it? First commenter gets it. :)

Dec 14, 2016, 9:47am Top

I'm happy to send to Australia!

Dec 14, 2016, 10:15am Top

Excellent, thanks! PM-ing you with the details. :)

Dec 14, 2016, 10:29am Top

I am sadly working on them today. I caught a tummy bug over the weekend.

Dec 14, 2016, 10:39am Top

Advanced warning.... My cards are a wee bit boring.. LOL :s I am not very creative in the least.

Dec 14, 2016, 11:22am Top

Got it, thanks!

Dec 14, 2016, 12:02pm Top

>104 mellymel171328: Ouch, sorry to hear that... hope you're feeling better!

Dec 14, 2016, 12:12pm Top

>105 mellymel171328:

If someone wants creative cards, they will be disappointed from mine also. :)

Dec 14, 2016, 12:15pm Top

>107 kristilabrie: I am! Thank you. :)
>108 AnnieMod: I am sure they are great. :)

Dec 14, 2016, 12:20pm Top

Mine aren't creative either, just the best I could do this year ...

At any rate, they are on the way.

Dec 14, 2016, 12:37pm Top

I got some by local artists - either photographs of local areas or paintings. I shall have to start experimenting if I'm going to be personally creative with cards next year! (having said that I was creative in another fashion with the cards I've sent for the exchange and hope the recipients are okay with that :D ).

Dec 14, 2016, 5:04pm Top

My cards are out.

Dec 14, 2016, 5:05pm Top

>111 Peace2: oh that's exciting!

Dec 15, 2016, 6:57pm Top

My first cards have arrived! Thank you Ted, Jonni, G. Cornell & Erin for the beautiful cards and goodies.

Dec 15, 2016, 7:06pm Top

>114 varielle: goodies?! Ooooo:)

Dec 15, 2016, 7:28pm Top

>114 varielle: And I received one from you today! It's gorgeous, thank you!

Dec 16, 2016, 12:48am Top

I received beautiful cards today from South Carolina and Arizona. Many thanks!

Dec 16, 2016, 1:40am Top

Mine are just heading out today, I was victim of a stomach bug this week.

Dec 16, 2016, 4:09am Top

>118 camelama: hope you are feeling better.

Dec 16, 2016, 1:48pm Top

>118 camelama: Feel better soon!

Dec 16, 2016, 1:50pm Top

Thank you to Keith - lovely card - very much appreciated. Have a great Christmas

Dec 16, 2016, 2:16pm Top

Got a beautiful card from book-dragon1952 and a-raz :) love them!

Dec 16, 2016, 5:00pm Top

I got my first card, too! Thanks very much, Kerry from Nova Scotia! No LT name given, or I'd leave a profile comment :)

Dec 17, 2016, 10:34pm Top

I've gotten three cards as of todays mail. Now to just wait on the other two.

Dec 17, 2016, 10:43pm Top

The last few of mine went out today - work got a bit crazy. Should still make it to the recipients before Friday :)

Dec 18, 2016, 1:29am Top

I got two more today :)

Dec 18, 2016, 2:21am Top

Wow, six cards today! Only four to go - thanks again LT, just love getting this mail.

Dec 18, 2016, 10:25am Top

Coincidentally, my wife and I received each other for the card exchange. But rather than sending one less card, we opted for some not-PG role playing via snail mail.

Dec 19, 2016, 6:30pm Top

Received my first card today from crazy4reading with a great book mark. Love the card and the bookmark, thanks.

Dec 19, 2016, 6:49pm Top

I got 4 so far - but I am not opening them until Saturday :)

Dec 20, 2016, 4:16am Top

One so far. From Sylak in the UK. Thanks.

Dec 20, 2016, 1:34pm Top

I got my two cards yesterday!!! But I can't find the senders on librarything - so thank you Kate and Stefani! It's amazing how a card from a stranger can brighten things up. Happy holidays!

Dec 20, 2016, 5:38pm Top

I can't locate the sender on LT, but thanks so much for my Krampus card and the wonderful rat of Baltimore! It might be the best one this year.

Dec 20, 2016, 5:46pm Top

I'm impressed - the card I sent to England arrived. Only 8 days from western Canada - that's pretty good this time of year.

Dec 20, 2016, 7:33pm Top

I think I got my card today! Not someone I recognize and, like a few others, she didn't put her LT name, so I'm assuming that's who it's from! Thank you to Jessica!

Dec 20, 2016, 9:09pm Top

I just found out that a significant portion of my incoming mail is being "returned to sender" for no discernible reason, including the Christmas cards and the stamps that I ordered late last month. So it looks like I won't be able to get my cards out for another day or two. I apologize and hope that none of my recipients are too disappointed that their card does not arrive until next week. I'm also sorry if anyone tried to send me a card and it was returned to them! It's been very frustrating.

Dec 20, 2016, 9:14pm Top

>136 norabelle414: Oh no! I'm so sorry for the mailing trouble. I hope that gets sorted out. No need to apologize.

Dec 20, 2016, 9:16pm Top

As I'm mapping SantaThing gift arrivals in another thread, I was wondering if the Card Exchange recipients would like a map of their own. It would be entirely opt-in on an individual basis, of course, and if, as a group, you decide you'd rather not, that's perfectly fine. Just thought I'd throw out the idea.

Dec 20, 2016, 9:18pm Top

>138 lorannen: I think a map would be great.

Dec 20, 2016, 9:28pm Top

>138 lorannen: I think that would be fun!

Dec 20, 2016, 10:33pm Top

>138 lorannen: I think that's awesome.

Dec 21, 2016, 12:01am Top

Yes, I agree! I love maps :)

Dec 21, 2016, 12:06am Top

A map would be fun! I've received three lovely cards - two from AR and one from VA.

Dec 21, 2016, 12:10am Top

Two more today! Two left to arrive. I for one don't care if they're late - it just spreads out the mailbox joy days!

Dec 21, 2016, 12:55am Top

Then don't do it. We don't need to know your hardships.

Dec 21, 2016, 1:00am Top

>145 TravellinPenguin: you do not have to be rude. They were explaining why their card will be late and how confused they were with why the mail was being difficult.

Dec 21, 2016, 7:35am Top

Up to four now. Maryland, South Carolina, California, Missouri

Dec 21, 2016, 10:24am Top

Whoops -- missed the sign up! Sending everyone cards in my heart though... ;)

Edited: Dec 21, 2016, 11:06am Top

I sent two cards to the U.S. and received one from Edmonton Alberta.I wish people would do more than just sign theirs name. I look at books we share and make a recommendation for an author I think they may like. I try to 'write to a LT friend' not a stranger.

I like the map. I sent cards to South Carolina and Pennsylvania from Fredericton New Brunswick Canada and received one from Edmonton Alberta.

Merry Christmas all 🎄🎄🎄from 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

Dec 21, 2016, 11:43am Top

>148 Fullmoonblue: of you'd like I can send you a card. :)

Dec 21, 2016, 12:39pm Top

I received my first LibraryThing card today (in Sidcup Kent, UK). Thank you so much Erin in Frankford, Delaware. It's a beautiful card and even my husband said "that's so cool - a card from the US". Sorry, I don't know your user name here, or I would thank you on your profile. Hope you see this note here. Happy Holidays, everyone.

Edited: Dec 21, 2016, 1:40pm Top

>148 Fullmoonblue: I'll send you a card if you still want to participate! :)

Dec 21, 2016, 3:17pm Top

I have an extra to send!

Dec 21, 2016, 7:25pm Top

All righty! The card arrivals map is here!

Point of order: most folks are reporting where their cards are arriving from, rather than where they're being received. Should I map both? Or just one or the other? I could see it going either way, but so far, there's only one location reported in terms of where cards were received.

Also, there were a number of reports of cards received up-thread for which the locations weren't noted. If you'd like those added to the map, give me a location, and I'll make it so!

If you'd like to tell us a location without being added to the map, that's okay, too! Just say so in your post.

Dec 21, 2016, 8:12pm Top

Today I received a very pretty card from Maureen ( LT handle is Momonaco) from Sidcup, U.K.. Thanks, Maureen!

Dec 21, 2016, 9:53pm Top

>154 lorannen: If it's possible to map both, that would be interesting.

Dec 21, 2016, 9:58pm Top

>156 thehawkseye: I think I could make it happen. Will have to wait until tomorrow morning, but I'll play around with it then!

Dec 21, 2016, 10:55pm Top

>154 lorannen: Also, there were a number of reports of cards received up-thread for which the locations weren't noted. If you'd like those added to the map, give me a location, and I'll make it so!

Oops! Mine came TO Calgary, Alberta, Canada from Toronto, Ont.

Dec 21, 2016, 10:59pm Top

I got my second card today, to Edmonton, Alberta from Denmark. Love it.

Dec 22, 2016, 12:21pm Top

All right, I think I've got a strategy down for mapping. I went with marking cards SENT with a green envelope icon, and cards RECEIVED as a red house icon. Let me know how it looks? https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fN0ALrOA1fOHtvk62dzx-Mh8dUE&usp=sharing

Dec 22, 2016, 1:01pm Top

Thank you to Carmela J. (Portland OR) for the "joy" card which made me LOL! :)

Thank you to Andrea R. (Kerrville TX) for the pretty sparkly snow card. I'm delightfully covered in glitter now! :D

Dec 22, 2016, 1:43pm Top

Today, I received the first card FROM Prairie Village, Kansas, USA TO Rotterdam, the Netherlands. So that is quite fast for a transatlantic card.

Dec 22, 2016, 2:57pm Top

>136 norabelle414:
Norabelle, if you can, get one of the misdirected envelopes, make a photocopy for yourself, and then contact the supervisor for your route.

>160 lorannen:
The map looks very cool!

Funnily, jen.e.moore & I ended up sending cards to each other, possibly simultaneously: I received mine today. (That's Madison, WI & Naperville, IL)

Dec 22, 2016, 3:52pm Top

Please make a card exchange for other things. It would be so much fun!

Dec 22, 2016, 4:38pm Top

I received a card from PA to CT. Is this all you need for the map?

Dec 22, 2016, 5:33pm Top

>163 karenb: I thought I recognized the name on the return address label I pulled out of the mailbox today!

Dec 22, 2016, 5:44pm Top

>165 Book-Dragon1952: Yep! I can work with whatever you give me. Most folks are listing city, state/province/etc., country, but I can map whatever level of detail you prefer (just, obviously, not down to the street names/numbers).

Map is updated!

Dec 22, 2016, 6:56pm Top

Alas, my envelopes are already in recycling, so I can only state, 8 cards received in Lynnwood, WA!

Dec 22, 2016, 7:06pm Top

2 cards received now - the one mentioned above (comment 121) from Keith in the UK (Thank you!) and the second from >162 jarno87: in the Netherlands to the Channel Islands (off the coast of France!)

Dec 22, 2016, 7:30pm Top

A few more for the map: some time before today, I've received 5 (in PHX, AZ) - from Central, SC; Vineland, NJ; Fowler, CA; Littleton, CO; Yuma, AZ

Dec 22, 2016, 10:29pm Top

>160 lorannen: All right, I think I've got a strategy down for mapping. I went with marking cards SENT with a green envelope icon, and cards RECEIVED as a red house icon. Let me know how it looks?

I like it! Thank you!

Edited: Dec 23, 2016, 12:17am Top

I received two great cards today - one from MrsLee in Red Bluff, California, and one without a LibraryThing name from Heather in Yuma, AZ. MrsLee included a yummy looking recipe :)

Dec 23, 2016, 5:58am Top

The map looks great, so interesting to see where the cards are going to and from throughout the world.

Dec 23, 2016, 10:07am Top

received cards from New Jersey, Denver, Colorado and Claire Wisconsin

Dec 23, 2016, 4:20pm Top

Two more cards today: one from Fowler, California and one from Essex UK. Gosh, I love this exchange :)

Dec 23, 2016, 5:49pm Top

>143 Copperskye: I reported above where my cards came from but not where they arrived, so - three cards to Colorado from Arkansas (2) and Virginia.

Dec 23, 2016, 6:14pm Top

I agree! Maybe for National Library Week or tied in to a Read-a-Thing.

Dec 23, 2016, 9:14pm Top

Two more today in Lynnwood WA - from Phoenix AZ and Portland ME!

Dec 24, 2016, 7:30am Top

Received a 2nd card today in Rotterdam, Netherlands FROM Baltimore, MD

Dec 24, 2016, 2:42pm Top

Received a card today from Jersey, UK to CT. Thank you Peace2, I love the ornament.

Dec 24, 2016, 2:47pm Top

3 more are here (PHX, AZ) - from Clare, MI; San Jose, CA and Lynnwood, WA

Dec 24, 2016, 3:22pm Top

>180 Book-Dragon1952: Glad you liked it and the fact it got to you before Christmas is even better :D Great work Posties! Getting things travelling so far so promptly - it was past the local deadline here for international post so extra happy it made it in time.

Dec 24, 2016, 3:28pm Top

Received a lovely card in Fowler, CA from Clare, MI on Thursday.

Dec 24, 2016, 5:55pm Top

Thank you Howard (from Independence, MO) for the very nice card and well wishes.

Dec 25, 2016, 2:41pm Top

Here in South Carolina, I've received cards from Denver, Colorado; Parkville, Maryland; Parsippany, NJ; Essex, UK and Portland, Maine.

Dec 26, 2016, 6:15pm Top

Just received a very pretty card here in NC from Madison, WI.

Dec 27, 2016, 11:49am Top

Glad you received it.

Edited: Dec 27, 2016, 12:36pm Top

>154 lorannen:

Here in Basildon, Essex, UK we have, so far, received cards from:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Greenbelt, Maryland, U.S.A.
Parkville, Maryland, U.S.A.

And have had confirmation of our cards arriving from:

Hinnerup, Denmark
Edmonton, Canada
Central, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Dec 27, 2016, 2:18pm Top

I'm in Charlotte, North Carolina and I received lovely cards from

Central, South Carolina
Nashville, Indiana
Marana, Arizona

Thank you all!

Dec 27, 2016, 2:23pm Top

I received 4 cards in Foster City, CA. . . but tossed the envelopes without thinking so I'm not sure where they came from. Thanks!

Dec 27, 2016, 6:31pm Top

Thank you Keith from the U.K.

Dec 28, 2016, 5:56am Top

I've received cards here in Hinnerup, Denmark from

Basildon, Essex, UK
South Hobart, Tasmania

and have had confirmation of one card received in

Ivalo, Finland

(The one from Tasmania arrived today and had a nice picture of jumping kangaroos on it. Thanks!)

Dec 28, 2016, 9:13am Top

I've only known of one card getting to their destination. :(

Dec 28, 2016, 10:40am Top

Received a card from Nova Scotia, Canada thank u Kerry!!

Edited: Dec 9, 2017, 12:27pm Top

Retrieved two more cards from my PO box today:

- from Annapolis MD (along with a lovely note & Merry Christmas written in 9 languages), thank you Risa!;
- from Portland ME, thank you LibraryThing!

Edited: Dec 28, 2016, 3:28pm Top

I received a very nice card here in Az from the LT staff- thanks so much!

Dec 28, 2016, 3:32pm Top

You're quite welcome! We loved all of our cards we got as well, they're currently brightening up our office walls. :)

Dec 28, 2016, 7:55pm Top

In Knoxville, TN, I received cards from AZ, CA, IL, ME, MI, PA, SC, and ON. I sent cards to AR, ON, MI, IN, MD, and NS.

Dec 28, 2016, 9:47pm Top

Got a card from East Bridgewater, MA in Fowler, CA.

Dec 28, 2016, 11:38pm Top

One more card received in Foster City, CA from Canada. :)

Dec 29, 2016, 12:32pm Top

Just received a card from Regina, SK, Canada in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Unfortunately, the card doesn't mention a LT profile name. The envelope does feature some cool star trek stamps.

Dec 29, 2016, 5:34pm Top

Three cards today in Edmonton, AB:
Napierville, IL (jen.e.moore)
York Springs, PA (helenoel)
Whitehall, PA (bookworminc)
Thank you all so much!

Dec 29, 2016, 8:24pm Top

I wanted to thank everyone for their cards. They are much appreciated.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, ad peaceful new year. Full of books.

Dec 29, 2016, 10:42pm Top

Received lovely cards in Richmond, CA from Edmonton AB, Provo UT, East Bridgewater MA, and Wallingford CT, plus two more I have misplaced the envelopes for. Two were handmade, one contained a bookmark from the sender, and all had nice notes inside. Thanks to everyone who sent them!

Dec 30, 2016, 12:21pm Top

Many thanks to Tracey in Melbourne, Australia for lovely card and bookmark (Carpe_Librum). Greatly appreciated!

Dec 30, 2016, 2:46pm Top

Two more received in South Carolina. One from Edmonton, Alberta and the other from Fredericton, NB.

Dec 30, 2016, 3:08pm Top

I have two cards get sent back to me by usps. No idea why because I rechecked address and I did write them correctly.

Dec 30, 2016, 4:18pm Top

Today I received a nice card and note from York Springs, Pennsylvania.
Thank you!

Dec 30, 2016, 4:21pm Top

I've seen no indication that any of the 6 cards I sent arrived. I got after my hubby in case he never mailed them, but he assures me he did.

Dec 30, 2016, 10:20pm Top

>209 nrmay: only 2 of 9 had got there for me that I know of at least. Two more for some reason came back to me. I also only received 5 out of 9 from others. So perhaps they all haven't gotten to their destination?

Dec 30, 2016, 10:46pm Top

>210 mellymel171328:
Thanks, I'm sure you're right. I'm too impatient!

Dec 30, 2016, 10:48pm Top

>211 nrmay: don't worry! Me too.

Dec 31, 2016, 1:16am Top

Have to admit I sent mine late, so not all may have arrived yet.

Dec 31, 2016, 5:00pm Top

Just got mine in lynnwood from Richmond CA! ;) thanks aviddiva!

Dec 31, 2016, 5:31pm Top

I also got a beautiful card and nice message today from Richmond CA.
Thank you!

Jan 1, 2017, 3:43pm Top

I received all of my cards from thoughtful and lovely writers. Thank you!

Jan 2, 2017, 2:31pm Top

Thank you for all the lovely cards and messages, everyone. I loved each one :) I received cards from:
Red Bluff, CA
North Waterboro, ME
San Jose, CA
Tasmania, Australia
Manitowoc, WI
Greenbelt, MD
Elkridge, MD
Knoxville, TN
Fowler, CA

Jan 3, 2017, 3:36pm Top

Received a card in SC from the San Francisco area in California today.

Jan 4, 2017, 1:28pm Top

Thank you Librarything staff (kristilabrie) for the card (and a stamp on the envelope that I've not come across before - even better!). Wishing you all a Happy New Year. (received in Jersey, CI)

Jan 4, 2017, 2:00pm Top

I just received a nice card (with lots of glitter on it) from
Clare, Michigan, US

And it reached me in Hinnerup, Denmark.

Thanks and a Happy New Year!

Jan 4, 2017, 3:31pm Top

I got a card from the LT office yesterday :) Thanks guys!

Jan 4, 2017, 3:41pm Top

>219 Peace2: and >221 AnnieMod: You're very welcome!

Jan 5, 2017, 6:34pm Top

Received a card from Rotterdam, The Netherlands in Fowler, CA.

Jan 6, 2017, 12:06am Top

A card today from aviddiva! thanks!

Jan 6, 2017, 3:18pm Top

I received a lovely card from North Liberty, Iowa.
Thank you!

Jan 9, 2017, 8:26am Top

Received a card from Cary, NC this weekend, with a new bookmark! Awesome!

Jan 10, 2017, 9:59am Top

Received a wonderful card from Sylak and family in Essex yesterday!!

Jan 14, 2017, 12:43pm Top

One more card - unexpected and Grinchily excellent from stormyhearted, who also included a TARDIS bookmark. Thanks, Katrina!

Jan 19, 2017, 12:29pm Top

I know this isn't an official thing but for some reason I find myself disappointed. I only know of maybe 1 or 2 cards getting to their destination (I for some reason had two come back to me though the address being correct.) So that leaves 5 cards unaccounted for, which I know not everyone checks librarything every day! I also only received 4 cards out of 9 I was supposed to get. Maybe they will show up but I am starting to think they won't. I know ... silly card exchange and I am not meaning to cause anyone to be offended!

Jan 19, 2017, 12:53pm Top

Funnily, I ended with exactly the same results as 2015- one card received before Christmas, one after Christmas and one never received. Of the three I sent, one receiver PM'd me, one acknowledged in this thread, and never heard about the third so I don't know if it was received.
But I did receive a really nice "extra" card from a member who had received one of my cards last year, so that was a happy surprise.

Jan 19, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>229 mellymel171328: I understand how you feel, I only received 2 cards and know of 2 cards received. I assume some people didn't acknowledge receipt here, I do hope they arrived. Better luck next year!

Jan 19, 2017, 1:25pm Top

I know that about half the ones I sent arrived, either from this thread or profile comments.

I'm pretty sure I received all the ones sent to me and they were all lovely. I'm already looking forward to next year!

Jan 19, 2017, 1:28pm Top

>229 mellymel171328:

Even if they do, there is no requirement to come and report what cards you got and when. :)

Jan 20, 2017, 12:56am Top

Yes - many people have no idea that others expect an acknowledgement. It isn't in the rules! I had no idea, I did some acknowledgements this year but can't remember if I got to them all. Heck, the first year, I didn't even think to put my librarything name in my cards! Oops. Heh.

Jan 20, 2017, 5:43pm Top

>233 AnnieMod: I know :( I hope I didn't seem rude.

Jan 20, 2017, 5:45pm Top

>235 mellymel171328: Not at all :)

Jan 29, 2017, 5:28pm Top

Got 2 bookmarks and a lovely thank you note, along with a business card with LT username from Tracy in Australia, to whom I volunteered to send a holiday card when LT needed it. ❤❤❤

Jan 30, 2017, 12:03pm Top

Received a late card from Norabelle414 in Virginia, with a cute books notes cards included. Thank you Nora.

Feb 9, 2017, 2:43am Top

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Edited: Nov 29, 2017, 11:15am Top

Counting down the days till the Fourth Annual Holiday Card Exchange!

Christmas Last Posting Dates from the UK via airmail:

Sat 2 Dec Africa, Middle East
Wed 6 Dec Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern
Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic
and Slovakia)
Thur 7 Dec Caribbean, Central and South America
Sat 9 Dec Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Wed 13 Dec Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thur 14 Dec Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Fri 15 Dec Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,
Sat 16 Dec Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Nov 29, 2017, 11:32am Top

I didn't miss the sign-up this year, did I? I look forward to it!

Edited: Nov 29, 2017, 11:52am Top

First class international mail from the USA - Some countries cutoff date is tomorrow. For the rest it is December 7. As long as sign-up is this late, it isn't really interesting for people who would be mailing internationally.

Nov 29, 2017, 2:49pm Top

I haven't seen it announced yet.

Nov 29, 2017, 7:28pm Top

A few weeks ago it was mentioned on another thread that the sign up would be in a few weeks so hopefully we'll see something in the next few days.

Nov 30, 2017, 12:16pm Top

The card exchange is, indeed, in the works! It'll be coming to a LibraryThing near you in a matter of days. :) Specifically, once SantaThing sign-ups end, on Monday.

Nov 30, 2017, 12:23pm Top

>245 lorannen:

I am sorry but that makes sure that almost noone that is not in the USA (and eventually Canada) will participate. LT asked for recommendations for improvements last year and this was the biggest one - by far. And still, LT still chose to do a US only event again.

It is up to you of course - you organize, you make the rules. Good luck with that.

Nov 30, 2017, 12:28pm Top

>246 AnnieMod: Maybe I'm missing something, so my apologies for the confusion. I'm not sure what gives you the impression that the card exchange is a US-only event. That's certainly not the case. My "LibraryThing near you" expression was just a turn of phrase, and not intended to exclude anyone.

Edited: Nov 30, 2017, 12:40pm Top

>247 lorannen:

There is no way to send a postcard internationally in some combinations at this point so it can make it there on time - due to the holidays, all the post masters have cut off dates for guaranteed deliveries and most of them are in late November/early December (see >242 MarthaJeanne: above or look at USPS: https://stamps.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4071/~/2017-usps-holiday-mai... (the date for Africa, South and Central America is today; everywhere else is next Thu - cards are on the First Class International schedule) for the source). Which is what a few people brought to LT's attention last year - the holiday card exchange should be before SantaThing.

Someone may get lucky but for the most part, international members will be stuck with either not participating or receiving cards very late.

Edited: Nov 30, 2017, 12:57pm Top

and >240 Sylak: for the UK dates.

I'm not interested in sending cards that can't get there before Christmas. Or in getting Christmas cards mid-January. By that time I am more than ready for Christmas to be over.

Edited: Nov 30, 2017, 2:49pm Top

I am not a Library Thing staff member but from running the donation thread I know how busy it can get with everything that is going on. I know that it is late for outside of the US but I know the LT staff does everything they can to get all these things going. I could imagine it would be very difficult to run more then one project at a time.

That being said I enjoyed it last year but felt a little a little put down. I sent out 7 cards and only got 3 back. One with a really cute book mark which really made my week. I didn't mind getting cards late, I even got one after New Years I believe.

Nov 30, 2017, 1:01pm Top

I've sent and received internationally for the last several years. They all made it regardless, though one came through a little before New Year's.

Nov 30, 2017, 2:41pm Top

Maybe I'm in a minority, but I don't mind getting cards late. It just means they might not get displayed, or if they do, it won't be for as long.

Nov 30, 2017, 3:32pm Top

I need a little Christmas. Right this very minute. Truer words have never been sung. Sending cards to family across the miles... they don't do cards so I'm not bothering this year. Sending cards to my cyber celebrity fandom friends... uh, everyone is reeling. Probably not going to be happening this year. (But I may anyway). Sending annual card from fans and mascot bear... scratch that. I'm probably going to be shutting down my verrry long-running fan site right after Christmas (making me feel very sad) and this is going to be my family's first Christmas without my father so as shallow as it may sound, the LibraryThing Fourth Annual Holiday Card Exchange is all I have left for the holidays this year! Really, it is. So even though I think the sign-up should have been done before the SantaThing started, and even though I only received a few cards last year after sending out all of my cards (and one was from someone the previous year who was sweet and sent me a card) and I think this was because people felt the cards were going out too late so didn't bother and even though I personally like sending and receiving cards before Christmas, I will still be signing up and probably for international mailing again. I just wish we were getting our addresses a bit earlier.

Nov 30, 2017, 3:53pm Top

I wish this was set up a little earlier, too (maybe next year?), but I'm happy to participate and don't mind late cards. I'm just trying to work on the whole holiday spirit thing and think this is a lovely and rather easy way to connect with others during the season! :)

Nov 30, 2017, 4:23pm Top

YAY. Whenever it runs, I will participate!

Dec 1, 2017, 2:48am Top

I get why people want it earlier. Maybe we can try to do both SantaThing and cards at the same time next year. But they take a lot of staff effort, and, personally, I feel that the messages compete. If we did both simultaneously, people would get confused about it, and SantaThing would suffer. Maybe we could do it unofficially for non-US residents first, without making a fuss over it.

Dec 1, 2017, 5:00am Top

>256 timspalding:
I don't underestimate the work load. I for one very much appreciate the effort all the LT elves go to each year to spread a little happiness around.
Having said that, I also strongly feel that if something is worth doing it is worth doing right.
I feel a little sad that the Annual Holiday Card Exchange always comes across each year like an afterthought. I know you don't mean for that to happen.

Books vs. Cards
I for one don't see any confusion at all.
Although both are made from paper, both more often than not have a picture on the cover, and both contain a certain number of words within; most people on LibraryThing can easily distinguish between a greeting card and a book.

If you really feel it is achievable, then I would like to see both SantaThing and the Holiday Card Exchange run together, or at least early enough for both to catch the last posting dates worldwide.

Dec 1, 2017, 5:41am Top

>256 timspalding:
If I were inclined to send holiday cards (which I'm not), I imagine I'd be put off by you referring to the non-US deadline (or "Outside of North America" or whatever) as unofficial.

Dec 1, 2017, 10:44am Top

And I think the Danish postal system is going the way of the dodos and fast, so this might be the last chance :-)

Dec 2, 2017, 11:41am Top

💕 the holiday card exchange! Looking forward to signing up whenever you have time to organize it.

Dec 5, 2017, 12:57pm Top

Dec 11, 2017, 8:43am Top

And they're off! Racing their way to my fellow LTers. Happy Holidays.

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