For years, people across the world have been forced to choose between either sending Christmas cards to friends and family or donating money to charity.

But a couple of maverick economists have claimed it is possible to do both.

“Having studied Christmas behaviors in depth, I cannot find any conclusive evidence to show that sending Christmas cards has to be mutually exclusive from donating money to charity,” asserted leading economist Charles Wisterson.

“I appreciate that not everybody is financially well off, but it may be possible to save in other areas, such as buying a less expensive phone or only having nine cocktails at the office party as opposed to 13, rather than not sending cards to your loved ones.”

These outlandish ideas have been met with scorn and scepticism by experts and the public alike.

“Only nine cocktails at the office party?” remarked one Christmas card abstainer. “That’s barbaric!”