Some 68% say they would prefer to receive a handwritten card
A new survey finds three-quarters of Irish adults believe sending Christmas cards is an "important and worthwhile tradition".
While over half of the population see the ritual of writing cards as a moment of mindfulness at a busy time.
The research from An Post has looked into the Christmas card writing habits of the nation.
Some 68% of those surveyed revealed that they would prefer to receive a handwritten Christmas card from a loved one or friend.
Looking more closely at the age breakdown, 70% of 45 to 54-year-olds agree with the statement, while two-thirds of 18 to 24-year-olds prefer to receive a handwritten card.
An Post says: "This statistic is particularly interesting considering digital communications usually dominate for this demographic."
Just 5% of the population would prefer to receive a Christmas message in a text, social media message or e-mail.
When asked who is the first person they receive a Christmas card from every year, almost one-quarter agreed that extended family (grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin) were first through the letterbox, followed closely in second by a parent at 20% and friends at 19%.
A very low percentage, just 7%, of those surveyed said that they did not receive a Christmas card.
An Post says: "The overall consensus is that across the board, the tradition of sending and receiving handwritten cards is important and still extremely relevant to people in Ireland - younger, older; male and female."
It is reminding people that the latest guaranteed date for posting cards across Europe including Britain is Monday December 18th; December 19th for Northern Ireland and December 20th for the Republic of Ireland.