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A decline in holiday cards

Rochester, N.Y. This time of year, many people look forward to getting holiday cards in the mail.

On the busiest mailing day, Monday, Decemeber 16, the Rochester Post Office processed about $1.3 million letters and cards this year.

And while that may seem like a lot of money, the number of cards being delivered has decreased.

According to the United States Postal Service, the number of cards delivered in Rochester is three times the normal amount.

Across the nation, the number of cards handled drops by five percent.

Karen Mazurkiewicz, a spokesperson for USPS, said theyre seeing fewer cards every year due to social media or another delivery system.

But the Hallmark in Henrietta said they arent seeing a decrease in sales.

We're selling tons of holiday cards, said Christine Collins, Manager at the Henrietta Hallmark. It's our number one seller this time of year for sure.

The general consensus is that the way of delivery may change, but the message stays the same.

Cards are about family, wishing family that are far away, good friends that are far away, that we don't see, said Nancy Barber, a Hallmark customer. But if we send a Christmas wish through a card, that kind of brings us all a little closer to the wonderful spirit of Christmas.

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Washington Times