The time is here! The holidays are upon us and so is the tradition of sending cards. Some people are doing it for the first time as a family, or for the tenth time, and I am happy to share with everyone the 5 things you need to know about sending cards this holiday season!
When it comes to cards you first and foremost need to decide if you are going to do a photo card or a card with sentiments only. It really doesn’t matter which one you choose for tradition – but just know that if you are doing photo cards you will have some added time and expense involved. Photo cards will need time to be taken, printed, and sometimes you just need time deciding which picture to use! I personally love to have them printed at Minted.com, especially when there is plenty of time and the added expense of express shipping isn’t needed. They have high-quality papers and unique designs that can be altered many different ways.
#1. Send Christmas Cards Early.
Early is better than later so you don’t have the additional worry of the seasonal mail jam. You want your cards to be received around mid-December so that they can be enjoyed and not forgotten in the hustle and bustle. This means before the second week in December. I try to get mine in the mailbox no later than December 1st so it gets done.
#2 Avoid Digital Cards.
This may seem practical for money purposes and time, but what about the joy of opening a card at the holidays? Many people still love to display their cards on pretty mantle displays, door hangers, and string. Think about how much fun you have seeing them throughout the month. People are very visual, but when that card is also tangible it brings the feeling of the holidays to life.
#3 Always Include Your Return Address.
Never send out a Christmas card unless you have your name and return address listed on the upper-left side of the envelope. This will not only allow the recipient to instantly see who the card is from, but it will also give them the option of sending a thank you card or a Christmas card of their own back to you. You may have moved since the last known address they had for you! Having your return address on the envelopes will also make it possible for the postman to return any cards that are unable to be delivered to the recipients.
#4 Add A Hand-Written Note
It doesn’t have to be much, but just adding a couple words of happiness can make the card that much more personal. You didn’t just mass send them to everyone without thought, you actually made the time to that specific person know you care. It doesn’t take much to make someone feel special.
#5 Keep Your Message Brief
Most people prefer to receive brief messages on their holiday cards. This works to your busy schedule as well, because it means you can spend a little less time writing on each card. If you do want to send a detailed holiday newsletter along with your card, Tiny Prints offers free back of card designs. I say those are for close family that you care dearly about but may not be able to talk with often.
These are my helpful tips when sending out holiday cards this season. A time honored tradition that can escape the modern electronic twist of making it as fast as possible and sent without thought. This is something that can be done as a family or by yourself, but it will make the person on the receiving end smile. Who doesn’t love mail that isn’t a bill?by