Festive Friday Kicks Off Christmas Card Sending

Up and down the UK, last Friday the ink flowed with heartfelt festive messages on countless Christmas cards, thousands of envelopes were licked and stamps affixed before the industry’s collective Festive Friday ‘bulging postbag’ delivered some early Christmas cheer to their intended recipients.

While many greeting card publishers, suppliers and retailers allowed their staff to ‘down tools’ for a period last Friday and come together to write their respective Christmas cards in the spirit of Festive Fridays, others took the initiative out into their communities.

UKGreetings not only donated the Christmas cards for its team, but paid for the postage for them to be sent, resulting in an incredible 8,090 cards being posted on the day!

As reported in last Thursday’s Buzz, Belly Button Designs took Festive Friday into Withington hospital, providing free Christmas cards for the medical team, patients and visitors. (https://www.pgbuzz.net/scribbler-and-belly-button-provide-double-dose-of-cheer-in-hospitals/)

Meanwhile, Hallmark scored ‘some goals’ with its local football club, Thackley Juniors with the young players and their coaches writing cards together.

As Festive Friday fell on the official ‘hand over’ day at the GCA with Sharon Little handing over the ceo baton to Amanda Fergusson, there was double action at the GCA hub.

Commenting, Amanda said: “What a great day for the handover! Festive Friday has proved yet again this year what a great GCA initiative it is, giving everyone in the industry the opportunity to send their loved ones Christmas cards, and kicking off the Christmas season!”

Above: The Art File very kindly developed the branding again for this year’s Festive Friday, which included a downloadable toolkit.
Above: The Art File very kindly developed the branding again for this year’s Festive Friday, which included a downloadable toolkit.

 

 

 

Above: UKG once again really got behind Festive Friday, allowing the staff at its Dewsbury HQ to write their Christmas cards with the company paying for the postage.
Above: UKG once again really got behind Festive Friday, allowing the staff at its Dewsbury HQ to write their Christmas cards with the company paying for the postage.
Above: Festive Friday was (left) Sharon Little’s swansong as CEO as she handed over to Amanda Fergusson.
Above: Festive Friday was (left) Sharon Little’s swansong as CEO as she handed over to Amanda Fergusson.
Above: Festive Friday in action at the Age UK Drovers Centre, instigated by the GCA.
Above: Festive Friday in action at the Age UK Drovers Centre, instigated by the GCA.
Above: Hallmark teamed up with its local football club, Thackley Juniors, donating 400 Christmas cards so that the football club coaches could say thank you and Merry Christmas to the parents of their players. The team got together with their coaches for a group Christmas card writing session.
Above: Hallmark teamed up with its local football club, Thackley Juniors, donating 400 Christmas cards so that the football club coaches could say thank you and Merry Christmas to the parents of their players. The team got together with their coaches for a group Christmas card writing session.
Above: The Tache team (including their four legged staff member!) were suitably attired for their Festive Friday Christmas card writing session.
Above: The Tache team (including their four legged staff member!) were suitably attired for their Festive Friday Christmas card writing session.
Above: One of the Age UK Drover club was especially delighted to be involved with the GCA’s Festive Friday Christmas card event.
Above: One of the Age UK Drover club was especially delighted to be involved with the GCA’s Festive Friday Christmas card event.

 

 

Above: Belly Button went into Manchester’s Withington Hospital and offered free cards to the nurses, patients and visitors.
Above: Belly Button went into Manchester’s Withington Hospital and offered free cards to the nurses, patients and visitors.

 

 

Above: The Blue Eyed Sun team donned their Christmas jumpers as part of the company’s Festive Friday action, which saw them write and send over 200 cards.
Above: The Blue Eyed Sun team donned their Christmas jumpers as part of the company’s Festive Friday action, which saw them write and send over 200 cards.

 

 Above: Festive Friday was celebrated in New York by Paper Salad’s Karen Wilson and Claire Williams; sales agent Rosie Trow, PG’s Jakki Brown and Morgan Lewis’ Sandra Butler.

Above: Festive Friday was celebrated in New York by Paper Salad’s Karen Wilson and Claire Williams; sales agent Rosie Trow, PG’s Jakki Brown and Morgan Lewis’ Sandra Butler.

 

 

 

 

 

Above: There was a flurry of Festive Friday activity on social media, including Carte Blanche.
Above: There was a flurry of Festive Friday activity on social media, including Carte Blanche.
Above: The mince pies and fizz boosted the festive feeling in The Art File’s Nottingham office.
Above: The mince pies and fizz boosted the festive feeling in The Art File’s Nottingham office.
Above: The Windles team in Festive Friday mode.

Top: The Blue Eyed Sun team came together to write their Christmas cards.

 

 

 

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