To those of you new to Miscellaneous Mum this year, my Christmas Card Challenge is something I’ve been running since 2006.

It began as a reciprocal greeting card bit of fun. Then in later years, in order to reduce my environmental impact, I decided to swap these greetings into email ones. I know this isn’t especially original – or fun, or traditional for that matter – but I felt better about it, especially when I added fundraising elements:

1) Family members receive an email. The unused postage fee gets donated.

2) For every person who has left a comment on this blog since the Boxing Day of the previous year, I also donate unused postage. They also receive a copy of the e-card via email. (I know, lucky them eh?!)

3) Then on Christmas Eve (Australian Time) I send out these e-cards with the grand total of money raised on it.

This year’s fundraiser is for my profits pledge for 2011: beyondblue

So now would be the perfect time to de-lurk! If you’ve been reading for a while, say hello! You’ll be doing your bit for a good cause!

That’s pretty much it. Other people have done their own Christmas Card Challenges over the years, and if this inspires you to do the same, do tell me!

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I’m supporting Movember this month. Here is my fundraiser page.


Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity