Fourth Annual Holiday Card Exchange
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We’re pleased to announce the Fourth Annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange! Sign up to send a card (or
10!)—home made, store bought, holiday themed, or not—of your choosing to an 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.
Update: We're tracking card arrivals on this map!
Sign-ups are now closed. Go to the Card Exchange page to see who you'll be sending cards to.
More details on the blog: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2017/12/card-exchange-2017/
Reminder: In order for your card to be address to your real name (rather than your LT handle), you must include your name in the address box.
Reminder: In order for the cards to be addressed to your real name, you'll have to include it in the "Complete mailing address" section. If I recall we've had some problems with that in the past.
>2 norabelle414: Good catch! I'll add that notice to my original post/the Card Exchange page. This my first year participating, so I'd forgotten about that.
>4 ScarletBea: It is fun!
I'm signed up and looking forward to sending and receiving cards :)
Thank you so much to all involved Librarything staff - I really appreciate how much extra work you all put in between the card exchange and the Santathing at such a busy time of year.
I signed up. This won't result in me receiving junk mail, will it?
>12 neverstopreading: Nope! Aside from merchandise explicitly ordered from our store, or occasional contest prizes, this is the only physical mail we send out to our members, ever!
⛄ Thank you for doing this again! I have joined every year and still have every card I received. May we send a card to LT again this year?
Signed up! Declined to send outside the US this year both for financial reasons and because by the time I actually receive the addresses the cards wouldn't arrive before Christmas anyways. Love this card exchange each year (I still have the cards I got last year!), but I definitely think it would be better if it were started a little earlier so international mail could actually get to people in time for Christmas (sending to Central or South America from the US must be done by the 9th, for example, only one day after sign-ups close, and that's only if you are using the fastest and therefore most expensive option).
>16 Heather19: I agree. I won't join because I don't want christmas cards in january, which is what happens when it starts this late. :-(
OK, signed up for both inside and outside USA. Yeah, we may get some late, but it's still fun to get them.
Yay! Thank you. 🎄
Also, if you need someone to send extra cards, especially outside the US, I am happy to do so. I did that last year for someone - always a pleasure. I am well-stocked on stamps, and my local post office works magic. 🦉
Signed up and looking forward to sending and receiving my cards! No problem receiving a few after Christmas, it's the thought that counts rather than being fixated on dates
My first time participating. I no longer mail holiday cards. However, I feel such a strong bond to other book junkies, that I absolutely must!!
I signed up for the first time! I offered to send one outside the USA--I wonder what country I'll get? I'm really glad that this is a thing, I love sending and receiving cards!
Yaay!! Signed up! :) And looking forward to sending and receiving - and don't care if it's after Christmas, after New Year. :)
Since we're all so anxious to get our cards in the mail and there's no time to waste once we have our addresses, I am going to anticipate from past experience one of the first problems that will arise and will go ahead and ask the question now so we can get it out of the way. When we get a person who did not wish for their real name to be used, how should we address the envelope? With their user name or leave that blank?
>25 ILuvBookplates: you should be able to put their username. As long as the address is right, it will get delivered. My brother sends me things addressed to just "H" all the time and they always arrive safely.
>27 lorannen: maybe my mail carrier is just exceptionally kind to me? I should give her something nice for christmas :)
>29 mellymel171328: For sure; but those folks who live in municipal blocks with ground floor mailboxes should know to provide their family names to match their boxes, otherwise mail is just left on the side for anyone to pick up. Those in that situation shouldn't need to be reminded. Same goes for anyone else with addressing restrictions. :/
If no name is given, I would agree with >26 Darth-Heather: . Put the person's username rather than to 'The Occupier' as letters addresses thus tend to be discarded without opening (along with 'lucky prize winner', 'important please open immediately' and 'This is NOT a circular' because from experience they are ALWAYS circulars ;)
The only issue I have ever had with different names being used on addressed mail has been when I have been forced to collect large items from the post office myself, because I have been out, where proof of I.D. is required, like when grandparents send parcels for small children and parents are refused (as most small children don't have I.D. yet). But, even in those cases you can simply have items redelivered.
>29 mellymel171328: I wish that was true in my building, because I still get mail for the people who lived in my apartment before me.....6 years ago
>31 norabelle414: A few weeks ago we got a summons to jury duty for the woman we bought the house from... in 1984.
>31 norabelle414: Me too Norabelle414 but heaven forbid they have 2 letters for me and one forgot my apt # though they names match! lol I even had my mail sent back to sender with the correct name on it! HAHA
>33 mellymel171328: Woooooow that's annoying. I still get mail for people I've never heard of (same apartment, 3 years)—sometimes not even the same people!
I've been in the same place for the last 20 years and still get mail for my predecessors and for someone who rented a room in my second year here! Our postal service doesn't worry about names, they go by the address - unless it's something which you have to collect because it couldn't be left e.g. needing a signature and no one was home or too big to leave and no secure drop available, then you need to be the named person and have photo ID and the ticket they left to match the item.
I've lived in this apartment for 6 years and often get mail for the guy who lived here before me, thankfully he lives in the same apartment complex still and I see him often so I can give it to him. But sometimes it seems like the mailperson doesn't look very closely at the addresses, I'll sometimes get mail for completely different apartment numbers, sometimes the actual apartment number has no numbers in common with mine at all.
I wasn't going to sign up this year, because I'm in denial about Christmas being this close still (except for SantaThing!), but guess I will do one. I can get one finished, right?
>37 MrsLee: Yes, maybe you can buy Christmas cards that are already finished. I hadn't thought of that :-)
Here's one happy German joining in. I'm curious which countries my cards will be sent to and from. :)
I've signed up again and I would be quite happy if all/most of the cards I sent were international.
>41 mellymel171328: Oof, that's a good question, and I imagine it varies by country. I'd use USPS.com to look up postage for First Class Mail to the specific country/countries you're sending to.
>41 mellymel171328: I just asked my local postmaster, aka Mom, and she said for 1 oz. and under it's $1.15.
ETA: it's the same price no matter where you are sending.
>43 amanda4242: Fantastic! I've just been lucky enough to live next to a PO for the last few years, so I've completely forgotten what actual postage rates are.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks! My person number nine has no address. Can anyone help with that? I can see the city from their profile page, but nothing else.
>45 varielle: Can you email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link to their profile? I'd look it up, but I'm not familiar with the database guts of the Card Exchange. I should be able to get or at least get them to provide that information for you.
>47 nrmay: Have you tried going back to the sign up page? That's where I found mine.
>47 nrmay: You can see the names of the folks you'll be mailing to already on www.librarything.com/cardexchange.php But it looks like Tim still hasn't sent out messages informing folks of this. I believe he still has to make some adjustments in the list, and that's why they haven't been sent out yet. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer, I'm just not certain where we're at on that right now. I'll post an update when I have it.
All mine are posted. Nearest post office was closed so I drove to the one that stays open for Saturday afternoon :D Hopefully they are now preparing to wing their way to their destinations! Happy Christmas to everyone!
I'd wait to mail out your cards yet. Last I spoke with Tim, he said he needed to make some adjustments so everyone would be receiving the same number of cards they were sending. If you've already posted them, like >51 Peace2:, don't sweat it, but if not, please hold off. There's a reason he hasn't sent out the profile comments yet.
Oh well, I wrote all mine out already and stamped them as the list appeared this morning. I'm sending them out, anyway, on my way to work very early tomorrow morning. If the list changes, I'll send a card to those who weren't on the first version. I was prepared to send 25 cards this year anyway (I forgot there was a much lower limit). So some participants may receive more than one this year! LOL.
Also, a couple people on my list forgot to put down their zip/postal codes. I was able to look them up, but not everyone may have time or resources. Double-check your addresses to ensure you get your cards!
No, it's totally fine!
I'm sending out official notices now, but nothing will change.
Loranne: I meany only that the process always has a few people who just can't be solved. The logic just works that way. We'll need to find volunteers willing to send an extra or two.
>53 seongeona: Yeah, like I said, don't sweat it! You're ahead of the game :). We'll make sure it all works out.
Thanks for understanding! If you'd like to message me with the folks who missed their zip codes, I can contact them about that. Thanks for being proactive and finding them for your cards, though! I'm very familiar with that process—have to do the same every month for Early Reviewers. ;)
>54 timspalding: That's great! Sorry, I thought there might be more complicated workings afoot. Good news, then!
If you'd like to message me with the folks who missed their zip codes
I think if you put most addresses into Google, it'll give it back to you with the ZIP code.
Card senders—we need your help! We've got a few folks we're struggling to match up, and could really use some extra cards. Anyone willing to send a couple more, especially internationally?
ETA: If you need to think about it, that's okay—we'll get in touch with extra card volunteers on Monday.
If you need help inside of the US, I can send a few more.
I had two without postal codes; google failed me for one UK address, but I got the US one without difficulty. I'll send the UK one as the recipient listed their address and hope for the best.
I can send extra if needed. Will be posting mine on Tuesday. Worldwide okay with me. :)
Maybe try here for the UK code?
I can send extra cards too. Worldwide may be assigned.
I've already received a card and person identified herself as LT friend and I would like to send one back to this individual but post office put a stamp over part of street address and I can't read it. Is there someone I could email to check address? I have not received this year's assignment(s). Should I be concerned?
>67 seongeona: no, that failed me, too. It came up with an address that only partially resembled what the recipient supplied, and I couldn't tell if it was the same or not.
You can add me to the list of people who can send extras if you don't have enough volunteers or want to spread them out.
Gonna be addressing my international cards as I sit here waiting for dinner to cook, then will hit post office tomorrow to get them on their way. Rest of the cards will get sent out over the next couple days.
Initial 10 cards done. I'm going to walk them over to the postal outlet now, so I can feel virtuous for two reasons - cards off and exercise taken :)
>58 lorannen: I signed up, but didn't post in this thread, so haven't been following. I can send out extras if you still need someone to. I am also happy to do international mailings from Canada.
I can handle sending some extra cards, and I'm willing to send outside of the US too.
Although mine are launched, if you have any stragglers who still need a card, please let me know and I'll be happy to send.
Thanks to everyone who's volunteered extra cards! I'll be coordinating those who need them with everyone—please keep an eye on your profiles for comments from me, with addresses to those that need more. :)
I'd be happy to send extras worldwide if you still have any stragglers.
Thanks! We're good for now, but I'll let you know asap if that changes.
>83 mstrust: I had been addressing my cards so fast trying to get them out to the box before the mailman and the snow arrived!
Cards all mailed. Fastest delivery will probably be the one staying in state.
I got my first set sent out on Monday, and hope to get my second set sent out tomorrow.
I sent all mine out yesterday. Funny, one was also on my list last year and two were to LTers who sent me cards last year. :)
>85 viceroar: I don't see your entry for the Card Exchange on our end here, I'm sorry! I'm reaching out to you shortly so we can sneak you into the mix to join in the fun. :)
>90 mellymel171328: Same here. :/
Tomorrow is the final day for Christmas post to the US (Denmark too ;) so, come hell or high water I will be getting them off. :)
Sent mine off today! And learned a lesson this year - red envelopes might look festive, but make it difficult to read handwritten addresses! Next time, address labels needed....
Sent mine today and added a little extra. I used the "Books I should borrow" link to pick a book from my library that the card recipient might like and included a note. Hopefully it sparks their interest.
What a great idea! Now I'm thinking next year I should give a recommendation of my favorite book that I read for the year...what a thoughtful, bookish touch. :)
I got half my cards out today. Hoping to get the rest out tomorrow.
Sorry I'm late on this—cards started arriving early this year! But, here's our:
Holiday Card Exchange Arrivals Map
Last year, I tracked both locations of cards sent, and cards received, but I'm not sure we need the sent data on the map? Let me know if you want it on there.
If you post your location for cards received here, I'll add them to the map! 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.
Thank you Nicole W. from New Jersey. The gingerbread hot tubbers have arrived in North Carolina.
All my cards are now winging their way to their destinations.
I ended up making two trips to the post office however, because I needed some extra stamps to make up the correct postage for some of my letters abroad.
Like most people I keep an old tobacco tin of stamps in a draw (it's not actually a 'tobacco' tin, but I feel that if I were to say 'Caviar' tin it would throw a few people, and I really want to get on with the story). Anyway, what with the rising cost of postage here in the UK, I felt it was a good time to cash in some of those stamps I'd been holding on to for years and release them into the wild - as it were.
I feel at this point that some of you reading this are still stuck on the whole caviar question. I mean, CAVIAR? Like, this guy lives on tins of caviar, or something?
Well, No. I do not. It was a little indulgence for our 10th wedding anniversary many years back. We didn't go to a restaurant or anything. We decided we would treat ourselves at home with some quality vodka and Russian caviar, okay. I mean it's not like it's all 'steak tartare' and 'oysters Rockefeller' in this house. We eat beans on toast and baked chicken on Sundays like a lot of other people. So, may I please move on with the story. Thank you.
Where was I?
Oh yes, the tin of stamps. So, as you can imagine I had odd-sod denominations here and there. Nothing all that useful. So I put a few on each envelope and trotted off to fill in the gaps with whatever value stamps were needed once I got to the P.O. No problem you'd think. Right?
Wrong. When I got to the desk I was informed that the post office no longer stocked stamps of every denomination, and that single stamps of the exact value were now the norm. In short no 5p, 8p 11p etc. any more. The only stamps she would sell me would (to quote a term from Blackjack) 'bust my hand', that is to say cost me more than the value needed to post the letters.
Now, granted we are only talking pennies here and I know what you must be thinking 'Here is this guy who eats caviar; surely he is not going to complain about having to pay a couple of pennies more on a letter because the handful of dog-eared stamps that have more than likely previously gone through the system once already, doesn't match the new simplified postage system.' Well, my friends I can tell you this: It's about the principle of the thing.
Last year (or, perhaps it was two years back, but saying 'last year' sounds more pertinent somehow), last year I was forced to pay not only the 4 pence missing postage on an envelope sent to me, but I also had to pay a fine (they called it an 'Admin fee' but it felt like a fine). I was forced to drive into town to the main post office, queue up for 35mins, pay for parking as well as a 'fine' for the wrong postage. Only then to find out it was only a late birthday card!). The point is that there is no way I was going to pay one penny more than the already over-inflated cost of postage I was being asked to cough up. £1.17 to send I simple card to Europe from England, and £1.40 to the States! I'm already dealing with gangsters here, so the last thing you should do in a situation like this is to show any weakness. Refusing to back down, I excused myself calmly and went back home to think this situation through, away from the pressures of the post office counter. Once back in the safety of my four walls my righteous indignation began to swell. 'Fine!' I thought 'if you can't provide me with a 17p stamp, I'll accept you have to give me a '20' but I will ONLY pay 17p'. After all, it's not as if I am buying an item per say. I am in fact paying for a service. The service of delivering my letter for the cost of £1.17. So why should I be charged more than the cost Of the service.
With this renewed sense of justice in mind, I marched back to the post office and demanded my letters be sent for no more than the cost of mailing them. If they could not locate a stamp of the correct value needed then necessity would require a greater one to be attached to my envelope. But I should not be asked to pay for their lack of amenities.
Perhaps it was my new sense of authority.
Perhaps she could see how pissed off I really was.
Perhaps it had something to do with the queue of people behind me that she would be forced to apologies to for the wait.
Or, perhaps she remembered this crazy person from earlier and wondered if I'd returned with a gun?
Either way, I got my letters posted, on time, and it didn't cost me one penny more than it should have.
And, yes. All the stamps I used from my 'unspecified tin' had indeed been recovered from old letters the post office had failed to stamp properly. That's what you get for charging me your 'admin' fee that one time.
Mine are on the way. They are covered with 13 cent stamps! I have a friend who buys stamps and sells me the sheets he doesn't want for someplace between 25 cents and 50 cents on the dollar. I will never get rich on this but it is fun! I think this batch went out with the Sprit of St. Louis on them.
Merry, Merry and Happy, Happy!
First card received in Pasippany NJ. No idea who from tho as it doesn't have a LT name on it.
>107 Sylak: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. ... And I paid 25 DKR to send each of my postcards this year.
So to whine about a measly £1.17, nah! You were lucky. Probably drinking Château de Chasselas, while writing. :-)
>115 bnielsen: We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank.
Lucky bastard! We didn't have a bag. We had to make do floating about on a cotton swab.
I'm just discovering the thread.
I was out of stamps and tried to rush to the post office after work Wednesday to get stamps. When I arrived, I discovered I'd been in such a rush I left my purse (with the money) in the office. By the time I went back, the post office was closed. I did manage to go Thursday morning to get them and post the cards.
I've received cards from cbl_tn, clue, and mrmapcase so far this week.
Thank you to Nicole W. in New Jersey! Your cool card arrived in Phoenix today.
>114 rastaphrog: That was me! I thought I put (owlie13) after my name inside the card, but might have forgotten.
pbirch01 I got your beautiful reindeer in Lincolnton, NC.
basilblue your lovely angel arrived as well.
Cute cat card and beautiful postcard received today in Edmonton from Heather39!
>128 anglemark: Great. So at least one of my cards made it before christmas :-)
I received my first card today from Washington DC. It's a cute card that gave me a chuckle. An added plus that it was purchased in an indie bookstore!
I got mine sent out Wednesday (and most of my other cards sent yesterday and today, which included a post office trip for my 2 international friends, ugh). The closest dollar store was out of any sort of Christmas/holiday stickers (really??) so I improvised and bought self-stick gift tags and cut out the "to-from" parts, lol.
Got my first today (in Everett, WA) from briellenadyne. Pretty card and lovely sentiment!
>129 tardis: I received your card today as well! The card was lovely and thank you for the book recommendation! I'll have to check to see if it's at my local public library...
>123 owlie13: The card came from PA, so I kinda doubt it was from you.
Two more received from mrmapcase in GA and keyonna in SC (and can't comment to key that I got it as they've "been removed")
Received my first Christmas card (LT or otherwise) in Calgary, Alberta from vancouverdeb today! Thank you so much!
>138 rastaphrog: Sorry- not sure why I assumed it was from me! I guess I usually think it's all about me. :)
Two arrived in Phoenix, AZ today - one from New Jersey and one from California (thanks amanda4242) :)
Map is updated!
>138 rastaphrog: Took me a minute to figure out what you meant, because mrmapcase's profile is still in place. I can confirm that keyonna deleted their account at some point, which is odd.
To put the one we received yesterday on the map: we're located in Uppsala, Sweden.
I received two cards today in Seymour, TN from Morristown, TN and PA. Thornton37814 and I could have hand-delivered each other's cards since we met for lunch today!
I received a very lovely 'Mads Stage' card from Denmark today. Thanks bnielson. :)
For the map: I live in Basildon, Essex U.K.
Another card received in NJ from heather19 in AZ
>143 lorannen: I thought it a bit odd too and was wondering what might have happened that LT had removed them, (I hadn't noticed any spamming or the like from them,) or else why they would remove themself after apparently liking things here enough that they wanted to be part of the card exchange.
I've received my two lovely cards with beautiful sentiments, here in Red Bluff, CA.
I recieved one from CO today from coppers and one yesterday from DC.
2nd card received in Charlotte NC from Yuma AZ.
Thanks, Heather S, for your holiday greeting!
Received a card from Texas in Pennsylvania. Thank you, "beehappy".
Received two cards in CO on Saturday - pretty birds from clue in AR, and a card with a postcard included from Greg and Valerie in Denver, practically right up the street (sorry I don't know their LT name).
Another one in Uppsala, Sweden. Thank you, Sylak and the Ravenspines, for your good wishes!
Can you add the link to the map all the way up in the first message? I end up scrolling like crazy to find the link in the middle of the thread every time I stop here :)
>160 AnnieMod:: I just search for "Map". The search wraps around and the first hit after that is the link to the map.
>160 AnnieMod: Oh, yes! Good idea. And sorry I didn't do that before. Done!
A great card today from rastaphrog in Parsippany, NJ. A charming dog in a scarf.
Thank you Cynthia RD from Madison Wi. Your reindeer has arrived in Lincolnton NC. Also, thank you Ted Bernhardt your kitty has arrive as well all the way from Beverly, NJ.
Two more cards received in NJ from owlie13 (it finally got here ;) ) in WA and hailelib in SC
>162 AnnieMod: Right. I always forget that people use their phones for more things than Facebook, talking, texting and playing games. I didn't even know it was possible to read Talk on a phone without getting a stroke from irritation.
I just use my phone as - a phone.
I could never even figure out how to look up a number in the contacts without dropping the call I was on. In the end I went back to using a pocket address book and pencil. :D
>167 anglemark: Thanks for the Storm P quote and the nice cover. I can even share it here:
It arrived in Hinnerup, Denmark this morning. Very nice use of a paperback cover! (ETA: Bob Haberfield is the cover artist, it seems) And of course Haberfield is mentioned on the Cover Art group here and there's also a comment here http://www.librarything.com/topic/126364 by >168 Sylak:, so the ring is closed :-)
A lovely card arrived in Fowler, CA today from Sweden. Thank you anglemark!
No cards received here yet, fingers crossed for today. Nothing came today as well.
>169 bnielsen: Yes, I have taken to saving the cover when I have to throw away tattered, hopelessly damaged paperbacks, provided it's a cover worth saving.
Two more amazing cards. One with the coolest bookmarks and one with a bag of tea. :)
Thank you Richard Johnson from Cambridge Mass. your card has arrived in NC.
I received a lovely hand printed card from Tardis of a white breasted nuthatch scampering head long down a tree, foraging for its food. :)
Thank you to KWP for my book (instead of a card) and matching bookmark from Candlestick Press. I wasn't expecting that. What a nice surprise!
I've received 4 cards here in Yuma, Arizona! Thanks AnnieMod, rastaphrog, Camelama, and Debbie C!
>172 anglemark: If you look closely at the cover scanned into LT you can see that the book was probably taped together, so probably in the same condition (or worse) as the same you threw away :-)
I was a bit puzzled about that too. I've always found my cover go before the pages do. Then again, the volume of books which are simply pulped each year, you have to applaud anglemark's creativity not to mention extra points for up-cycling. Great cover too.
It reminded me that I must get round to reading my own copy of 'Out of the Dead City'.
>180 bnielsen: >181 Sylak: I sell used sf/fantasy that people donate to an organization I'm the head of, so I have to go through those books and weed out the ones I know I can't sell (and if I can't, no use donating them to a charity either). The ones I throw away are usually either damaged by dampness or the glue has deteriorated so that the pages are coming loose.
I received a lovely card made of a photo of mountains, and almost like a letter inside, really great comments about books and authors :)
But I don't know who it's from (LT name!) --> if you read this, please leave me a private message, I'd love to reply
Gah! Can't believe I missed the card exchange. We did participate a few years back and it was such fun seeing all the different stamps and postmarks. Will definitely put a reminder in next year's calendar...
Until then, wishing everyone happiest holidays and a wonderful New Year!
Map is updated! I received three cards (and one box!!!) here in Seattle, but I have yet to open them, I've been so busy. I'll take a look this evening and send my thank yous. :) I've been saving them for when I can sit down and really enjoy reading them.
>184 ScarletBea: Does it have a return address, or a postmark?
A bunch of cards arrived all at once here in my chilly Wisconsin mailbox, from--
* mellymel171328 (and her LT-loving family): Thank you, I love the quotes and I really like this card too. Merry Yule!
* tardis: A cute nuthatch bird card and some book recommendations. *woot* thank you. Beautiful postage stamp, too, from Canada!
* heather14: Puppy and kitty snuggling by the tree (Aww!) with many festive stamps and stickers inside. Thank you!
* Debbie C: Santa and a puppy. Aww! Thank you!
* Carmela: The most beautiful card that made me kinda cry, full of sweet woodland baby animals in the snow! And wild raspberry tea inside! Awesome. Thank you so much.
*hredwards: Another beautiful card, both humble and glorious as befitting the newborn King in his manger. Thank you.
*owlie13: A sparkly-snowy forest of blue and purple pines. Lovely! And a book recommendation. Thank you!
I just love this annual card exchange. Thank you so much, everyone, for making my mailbox happy and my card wall festive. I keep all the cards, after the holidays, on my bookshelves. 🎄📚
Happy Holidays and Many New Books!
>188 seongeona: I am so glad you like it :) I also got a card from Carmela. I am looking forward to curling up with a book and trying that tea.
Talking about postcards... I opened my mailbox yesterday. No postcards from LT members but a postcard mailed in Virginia and addressed to Massachusetts hitched a ride on another piece of mail somewhere in a distribution center and ended up in my mailbox in Phoenix, AZ - and noone along the way unattached it from the back of the envelope it was self attached to or realized it is a separate emvelope.
It is back on its way to MA now -- but I found that kinda funny :)
Cards arrived in Madison, WI two days ago, from Palatine IL and Phoenix AZ (AnnieMod, maybe?!). Haven't sent my own cards yet (in the mail tomorrow!).
I signed mine with Annie (AnnieMod) on the card (and you are getting one of me) so possible if you had not opened it yet :)
I hope my 4th and 5th cards arrive tomorrow. Otherwise I will not receive them until after Christmas. I suspect they may be coming from some international destination so I'll be excited to see.
Three cards received today in Edmonton, AB!
One of snowflakes and trees from amanda4242 from CA.
Two foxes making a snowman in New York, with two adorable cat stickers, from fellow pet lover beaniebear in NYC
A cheery and bright Merry Christmas from crescentvenus in PA
All lovely and charming and made my day! Thanks!
That puts me up to 5 cards received, and they sure make checking the mail fun :)
A thank you to everyone I received cards from! :D So far, I have 6. I was given a bookmark and a tea bag! Thanks!!!
One is really funny with a gingerbread man and house with pest control. I love the message inside but am having a hard time reading the name- but thank you!
Thank you to Heather19 for the skating penguin and reindeer, as well as the cute sparkle reindeer sticker inside!
Amber, thank you for the pretty card. I hope you and the hedgehogs got those gifts wrapped!
Angela K, thank you for the cute mugs of sweetness card! Love the purple pen you used!
Tricia, aka hailelib, thank you so much for the stockings card! It is adorable.
Brandi Grosso- thank you so much for the hilarious book lover's card. You're right; nothing beats a paper card!!
Thank you all and look forward to my last 4 cards!
* Today (12/21) I received a card from Loranne (lorannen)!! Imagine my excitement to see one from her! :D I love the photo from Venice and thank you for the book recommendation; I will definitely check that out. Thank you!
Thank you to all my card senders ... I got excited and opened everything without keeping track! So now I don't know which were LT, or which were my other geeky or bookish exchanges. The Instagram cat people cards are actually easy to tell apart, though - the cats themselves sign their cards! Heh.
I appreciate this exchange so much, as family dwindles and more folks go digital for their year-end greetings. I love decorating my wall with holiday cards, they make me happy for a long time after the holiday!
Received a charming Midthun Gnome card from Upsala, Sweden. Thank you Anglemark for the card and the seasonal Dickens quote you penned inside. :)
Thank you to imyril for the lovely card (and for the recs - I shall keep my eyes open for those next year!). I couldn't make out the postmark but it's from the UK to Jersey.
I was delighted to receive my first Christmas Card from Charlotte. I live in Vancouver BC Canada, and Charlotte send her card from the UK. I expect another 3 cards. It was just a darling card with cute Highland Cows decked out in Christmas-y tartan. I sent my cards out and I received a thank you via PM from two people. So few people send Christmas cards these days I really cherish the mail in the mailbox!
Thanks for organizing this!
Two more cards received in NJ from tardis in Canada and norabelle414 in VA
>203 vancouverdeb: A group of friends and I, (about 15 of us total) have been exchanging cards for years. Unfortunately, the last few years have been busy for people, or haven't been good ones come the holidays, and participation is slowly dwindling. :(
I'm from Tucson, Arizona and received my first one last week. So nice. 4 more to go :)
And a very nice card arrived here today from >201 Sylak: but we're both on the map already.
I’m beginning to wonder if my mailman threw the ones I sent away. 😔
Same with me! Sent several and there’s no indication that any have arrived yet.
I am most fortunate in my Card Exchange Compatriot! jaelquinn sent me the most perfect holiday card ever. The front is an artistic rendition of a black hole, the card sales support a mental health awareness group, and there is a lovely poetic wish inside that I'm still smiling over.
thank you so much, and cheers from NH, USA!
This is Hobo - he wishes everyone a Happy Hoboliday!
Thank you imyril for your micro reviews of three books we actually haven't read yet. A great Christmas card indeed!
Many folks don't know that others post about the arrivals here. There's no mention of it beforehand - it took me a few rounds before I figured it out! And this year I mixed up cards and now can't thank the individuals.
Map's up to date!
>209 varielle: Don't worry yet—mine went out on Monday, and haven't been received (that I know of) either.
>211 Darth-Heather: That is one festive cat! My two got matching festive pjs this year... because they're the cats' pajamas, and I cannot resist puns.
Speaking of cats, >200 camelama:, I need to hear more about this Instagram cats signing cards business.
>214 lorannen: OMG my cats all need pajamas now too! :) Actually Hobo's Santa hat was part of an outfit, but the jacket did not fit around his 23# of wonderfulness.
Your cats look less than thrilled with their finery :D
I received my card (in WI) from mareofthesea (in Saskatchewan) today! Tinkerbell holiday wishes! Thank you!
I should only have one more on the way if I was matched 10 for 10, and the postal people keep doing their awesome thing. 🎉
>215 Darth-Heather: Pajamagram! The one on the right (Callie) actually really likes hers. It has the same effect on her as a thundershirt (cuddling,purring, happy drooling). The diva on the left, on the other hand...
I can tell Hobo is a veteran cat holidaywear model. :)
>217 seongeona: As you can probably tell from his name, Hobo was a stray that I picked up. (best dumpster dive ever!) He immediately took to soft indoor living, and is generally happy with every sort of everything. He purrs all the time, and purrs so hard that he squeaks.
He loves everyone and everything - much to the dismay of his two furry roommates, who get really tired of him trying to wash their faces. They are resigned to putting up with it, though, because he does not respond to any kind of antagonism or surly behavior from them. He just simply sits there and blinks at them until they give in... :)
His Hoboliness was very patient with the hat, as he is with just about everything, including his twice-daily insulin shots. He's honestly the nicest cat I've ever met. If I could clone him, I would give one to everyone...
>211 Darth-Heather: Aw, sweet kitty! I had a diabetic cat, too, who received once daily shots. The next cat we had after her was one who adopted us (and he was very persistent about it). Found cats are the best.
I received another card, this one from Anbolyn in Gilbert, AZ. She included a list of her 2017 top favorite books (I may steal that idea for next year). We seem to have similar tastes and I love the connection. It’s what makes this so fun!
"Hoboliness" OMG, I love that! He sounds absolutely wonderful. So glad you found each other.
I received cards today in Tennessee from Merzig, Germany and Portland, ME!
I apologize for being tardy posting!
I have (thus far) received cards from: Foster City, CA; Dorset, United Kingdom; Elkridge, MD; Creston, N.C.; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Houston, TX; Lynnwood, WA; and Linconton, NC.
stephivist, jenniferw88, Iluvbookplates, BasilBlue, BeanieBear, Mstrust(Thanks for the bookmark!); neverstopreading, Camelama, and Varielle
For such wonderful cards and well wishes. They truly brightened my holiday season. I wish we could all go hang out in a bookstore together!
Aloha from Kauai! I sent my four cards a week ago and they should be arriving in mailboxes today or tomorrow. This week I received two cards. And I'm so excited to get these.
1). from Maryland. Bridget bcrowl399 took the time to read my profile and interests, then sent a personalized letter with the card. I did the same thing with each card I sent.
2). from Alabama. Nadyne didn't include her LT user name so I can't look her up. But I appreciate the greeting.
I've been away from LT for awhile and this card exchange has brought be back into the fold. Now to update my books. A goal for 2018.
BTW, I was wondering next year if you thought about asking what holiday each person celebrates when they sign up. Just so the card sender has that information.
Thanks so much for hosting this. If I get other cards, I'll be sure to post them too. I didn't realize this discussion thread was in process - and I'm glad I found it before this card exchange ended.
Happy Hanukkah, Mele Kalikimaka, Merry Christmas and Happy Yule to all.
I received my last 2 cards in Morristown, TN today from:
1) Kate in Grand Rapids, MI. We actually met last summer in person for the first time and will see each other again in May when I got to Grand Rapids.
2) Carol in Childersburg, AL. She didn't include her username so I don't know how to go to her thread to personally thank her,so I hope she sees this!
>214 lorannen: Oh, they're adorable! I don't even try to dress my cats up!
>219 Darth-Heather: He purrs all the time, and purrs so hard that he squeaks.
My boy, Io, doesn't purr all the time, but he often "purrs so hard that he squeaks", as well! I was never quite sure how to describe it, but that's a good description! He used to do that way more than he does now, but occasionally he'll purr that hard, just not as often.
This thread is making me smile so much right now! I'm so excited that everyone is getting cards (and little surprises in cards!) and having fun. It makes me so happy that people like the stamps and stickers I used in my cards (confession: The store I went to didn't have any holiday stickers (really??) so I bought a booklet of self-sticking gift tags and used them as stickers, trimming off the 'to-from' part!).
And a card from the LibraryThing crew! Yay! Thank you, again, for coordinating this awesome exchange. 📬
I received a wonderful card from Chuck in Pennsylvania.
Many thanks and Merry Christmas to all!
I've received two of my cards so far: one from Houston, TX and one from Palatine, IL. Thank you and Merry Christmas to neverstopreading and Debby (sorry, I could not find your username).
Got another card here in NJ. This time from the LT crew up in Maine. :)
Mine went out this morning. Sorry to be late but my tradition is that Christmas lasts twelve days. Enjoy all of them !
Map is all updated!
>229 rastaphrog: Glad to hear one of mine finally arrived! Due to SantaThing duties, I was a bit late sending them out (which is why I limited myself to the US, unfortunately)
>227 LibraryCin: When Momo (the big fluffy one) really gets her motor going, it honestly sounds like she's slipped a fan belt. Or maybe like she's part pigeon? It's pretty cute, and very loud.
>237 lorannen: LOL!
In addition to my boy Io "purring so hard he squeaks", it can be pretty loud. The first night we brought him home, we didn't have a name for him yet. We had a friend over who suggested "Harley" as a name. We considered it.
Finally a chance to report from upstate South Carolina that I have received all but one of the expected cards so far…
Thanks to rastaphrog, bookworminc, Aoife, nrmay, Seongeona, from the US and Mareofthesea from Saskatchewan, Canada and tardis from Alberta, Canada. A special thanks for the "extras" and for the book recommendations.
I’m in Port Arthur, TX and I want to send big thank you’s and Holiday Greetings to all the beautiful librarythingers who sent beautiful cards to me. I’ve never received so many greeting cards in my life and I was very excited.
I've received 2 more cards this week. Still waiting on one more but I love getting cards after Christmas so I'm not worried.
>242 mellymel171328: Sorry mellymel! I did get your card - very sweet! Nice note and happy to 'meet' your family. Merry Christmas!
Received second card, this time from bell7 in the US - thank you!
Received very nice cards from Independence, Missouri and Bonaire, Georgia.
Thank you SeriousGrace. Your card has arrived in Lincolnton, NC all the way from Chicopee, Mass.
>222 cbl_tn: I received your pretty card just hours before leaving on our trip, so belated thanks! I appreciate it!
I got another card today, from Hot Springs, AR. I don't know the LibraryThing name of the sender, but I love the card and the included photo of her son's artwork.
The last of my cards was waiting in my mailbox when I arrived home today. Sent from the UK to Seymour, TN.
I received a card today from SeriousGrace in Chicopee, Ma. We’ve shared cards two years in a row now thanks to the card exchange!
I’m still waiting for two cards. Makes checking the mail a little more fun.
When I came home from my parents' yesterday two card had arrived in Lübeck, Germany: One from Grand Rapids, MI (thank you Kate, even with German text!) and one from San Francisco, CA (thanks a lot Vanessa!).
Thanks to jonnijones for the card received here in Jersey (I don't seem to be able to leave a message on your page to say thanks so I'm hoping you see it here).
Last week I got cards from crazy4reading and CarynThomas33, thank you! That makes 6 cards received (out of 10, I believe, since that's how many I sent out).
Belated thank you’s to these great ladies:
Oh, forgot to say that I received some lovely bookmarks from Debby (in Palatine, IL?), whose envelope mentioned LT but didn't give their LT name. Perfect! I use a lot of bookmarks.
I never deleted my accoount.......I'm still here. I am not sure what happened, but am glad you received the card.
My 2nd (and last!) card arrived for me in Calgary, Alberta yesterday... all the way from Germany! Thank you to Laia for the wonderful German card! Love it!
Thank you to anglemark for the lovely card which arrived today :D A lovely surprise when I got home from work.
I was pleased to receive a card from the LibraryThing crew today - thanks!
Hello, and thank you to Bookworm966 for my Christmas card. I received it in Australia safe and sound last week. I'm trying to find you on LT to send you a message to thank you but can't find you. Thank you for the poem, I loved it!! :-)
>270 Rotschopf: I’m short one out of six... I’m still a little hopeful but less every day. :(
I sent 10 cards, plus one extra to help out, and one to LibraryThing. Got 7 back, counting the one from LT. That won't stop me participating again next year, because I love sending cards, and I really loved the ones I received, but it would have been nice to get all 10.
I was hoping I would have more luck than I did in 2016, but it doesn't seem that way. I don't really believe that the missing cards will still arrive. Anyways, I like the idea and I like sending cards, so I'll probably participate again.
I'm so curious of the rate that mail gets lost from origin to destination, especially during the craziness of the holidays.... I bet that accounts for at least some of the cards missing here (but how many is the question) hmm..
I sent one by USPS priority mail, and the tracking shows that it was delivered to their mailbox on Dec 18th, but I've never heard anything from the recipient to be sure if they got it....
I did mark it as LT Card Exchange and put my LT username on the message slip inside. oh well, maybe they hated it but are too polite to say so...
I posted mine the day the addresses were given out but have only heard of the two sent within Europe arriving. I do hope the other two got there eventually.
I received 4 out of 5 cards.
Thanks again to Nicole W, Heather19, ulmannc, and SeriousGrace!
I only heard that 2 out of my 5 sent had arrived.
Personally, I always like to post a message to the senders wall. It's to let them know that I received the card, but it can also be the start of a talking point about; the illustrator, or the card making technique (if it happens to be home made) for example.
I've met some very interesting people that way, shared a bit of knowledge and even found out that we know some of the same people outside LT - life can be strange like that.
It does not offend me that not everyone I send cards to responds back. Each person their own habits.
One year I did check back with some people, because I wanted to make sure the cards had in fact arrived safely. It turned out that they all had. So, I have chosen not to bother folks this year on this topic, as I am confident that they must have all arrived.
This brings up the question of: why sometimes you don't receive all the cards you expect through the card exchange:
Assuming Tim and his team are doing their jobs correctly; and I have no reason to doubt that they are; I can only surmise that either: post is getting lost - which would be plausible if not for the fact that I have not missed any post sent outside of the Annual Holiday Card Exchange, or that certain people, for whatever reason, are not actually sending out their cards in the first place.
Christmas time can be a very hectic period. So, all I can say to those people is; think before you sign up next year. If you suspect that the extra burden of mailing cards may prove too much for you, despite all of your best intentions, perhaps you should think twice.
I will probably try again next year despite the odd card not being received by me; but if the trend continues I may simply start sending cards to those people I have successfully exchanged cards with from previous years.
Although it is customary, I don't automatically expect to receive a card from every person I mail to. It's never a deal breaker for a friendship as far as I am concerned. Some people may be great friends, but lousy at doing stuff like that and I get it. But with the Annual Card Exchange you are kind'a contractually obliged to send cards to those on your list.
If you don't you're just not playing fair.
I'm a bit sad - one of the cards I sent came back in today's mail. It says "Insufficient Address" but it's exactly what was included in the address list I got. I left a note of apology on the recipient's profile page.
I'm late posting...... I received 7 out of 8 cards. Thank you to everyone. This was my first year doing this and I really enjoyed it. I received cards from :
-Valerie & Greg (CO) Ty for the postcard also.
-Mare of the sea (Canada)
Sigh. The card I mentioned in >64 tardis: above has come back marked "no such address" by the Royal Mail. It's very frustrating on both sides - for the recipient who misses out and for me, because overseas mail isn't cheap.
More annoying for me is that when I just went to look at the recipient's address so I could go and leave a note on her profile, the address has changed from what it was when I mailed the card.
Just wondering if there will be a Fifth Annual LibraryThing Holiday Card Exchange? I so enjoyed participating last year!
This was in the email alert about the Secret Santa thing about a week ago:
Holiday card exchange
LibraryThing's holiday card exchange is coming soon, but not until after SantaThing sign-ups close. Keep an eye out for a home page announcement, or stay tuned to the Talk About LibraryThing group for that!
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