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5 Things You Need To Know About Sending Cards This Holiday Season

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?

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Just Make A List

Just make a list.

People tell you all the time that you should make a list when it comes to things you need to do, things you don’t want to forget, what is coming up, for grocery shopping, and so on and so forth. In reality making a list isn’t what it is about, is it?

You absolutely will learn more by writing things down. A study carried out in 2010 by Indiana University found that the areas of the brain associated with learning worked far better when kids were asked to write words like “spaceship” by hand versus just studying the word off a whiteboard.  Taking notes is what people did before computers, and we have some of the most brilliant people in the world to thank for how far we have come. This was before the time of computers and all these devices. Sometimes just because technology makes things easier, it doesn’t mean it is making us better or smarter.

Writing things down also clears the mind and brain of info that is just taking up space and clouding your memory. Having it written down can clear your mind instead of trying to hold so much in. It allows you think, to relax, and to clear the fog that makes it hard to do simple things that were once mindless.

Writing things down has a real benefit for you. I have come up with a few things that can help you get into the habit!

  1. Find yourself a notebook that is pretty, or is eye catching so you won’t want to leave home without it,
  2. Grab a pen that you love. It really can make writing much more fun when it is in color, or when it is a smooth feeling.
  3. Make it a checklist or find a way to mark items completed or irrelevant.
  4. Make a list of goals or ideas so that you don’t lose momentum.

Making a list and writing things down doesn’t make you old or even getting older. It will help you gain back your brain strength, and allow you to keep moving forward with your life with minimal items left in the dust.

What is on your list?

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List 3.20.16

My in-laws just left and I hate that it will be a while until I see them again.

Our internet is awful here. Just say “no” to satellite internet.

My email has so much stinking junk mail. I think I click “unsubscribe” more often than anything.

I had a really great weekend around the house.

Easter is next weekend – crap!

I get to see my niece next weekend and I am super excited.

There are times I feel like I have no clue what I did today, but I know I did something. I have to have done something, right?

My blogging calendar for next month is all done. Who wants to actually right all the content now?

I like taking pictures. I think I need to do more of that.

I want to find a few more virtual runs to complete.

I have all but 1 goal written for next month. I have a weird need to have 5 goals. No more, no less.

I think list posts are my favorite kinds to write.

The following week my kids will be on spring break and I think we are all ready to be not going to school, but doing something fun.

I think that after a year I am starting to figure out this work from home/mom from home thing. I *think*.

 

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