Guidance for Christmas Greetings

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By Cindy Edwards

I have been sending Christmas cards for 25 years.  For me, it is a nice (and fun) way to keep in touch with family and friends who live in other parts of the country.  It is also a way to maintain relationships that are geographically close, but removed from your daily life.  It is always exciting to receive photos of new babies, weddings or other big occasions. 

Sending Christmas cards also forces me to keep my contact information current. Every year I try to reduce my mailing list to save time and money.  While I think that greetings via post are wonderful, the Internet is a perfectly acceptable means of sending holiday wishes.

Here are a few tips to help with your Christmas card project:

1. Pick a card that expresses who you are.  I prefer a photo of my sons with the year at the top. After I choose a photo, my biggest decision is the color of the ink.
2. Keep your list current.  I put all change-of-address notifications in a file box with my list from past years, and I try to update the “big” list before Thanksgiving.
3. Mail in a timely fashion.  I encourage you to get everything completed before Thanksgiving, but I do not suggest mailing the cards until Thanksgiving has passed. 
4. Sign the cards correctly.  This is an OLD—but important—etiquette rule:  The wife’s name is listed first! Please check out “Crane’s Blue Book of Stationery,” which states, “The woman’s name appears first.  Children’s names appear beneath the parents’ name.”

Correct:Cindy and Joe Edwards
Incorrect:Joe and Cindy Edwards

A Christmas card is a special holiday gift for people that are dear to you.  It is an act of kindness and goodwill.  Get organized, set your budget and send out your greetings!

Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season and a wonderful new year.

As always, thanks for reading.

Properly yours,
Cindy

Cindy Edwards embodies everything pretty, perky and proper about the South. She's a wife, mother, volunteer and freelance writer. Cindy volunteers enough hours to exhaust most by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Telfair Museums, the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Honors Advisory Board. She has also served on the Boards of the March of Dimes and Young Life Savannah. Cindy has been married to her college sweetheart, Dr. Joe Edwards III, for 25 years and is the proud mother of two sons: Joe IV, a senior at the University of Georgia, and Jack, a freshman at Ole Miss. No matter how busy, Cindy always makes time for a competitive game of bridge.
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PAULA: I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE MAKING A WONDERFUL COMEBACK.I KNOW YOUR FAMILY MUST BE BURSTING WITH PRIDE! I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU EVERY DAY AND NOW MY PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED IN SUCH A WONDERFUL WAY! JUST PUT YOUR HAND IN OUR LORD'S HAND AND LET HIM LEAD YOU ALL THE WAY.I CAN'T COME DOWN NOW AS MY HUSBAND LOST HIS JOB THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND I TOOK A TUMBLE CHRISTMAS EVE MOURING DOING MY BODY A LOT OF DAMAGE. I LOVE YOU PAULA, I HAVE ALL YOUR BOOKS,AND WATCHED YOUR SHOWS ON TV FOR AS LONG AS THEY WERE ON. I HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH YOU ON THE INTERNET AND FACEBOOK.MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU BEGIN YOUR NEW ENDEVER AND IF THE LORG CONTINUES TO ANSWER MY PRAYERS, I WILL SOME DAY GET TO MEET YOU FACE TO FACE. WITH CONTINUED LOVE AND PRAYERS, RACHEL LYONS

By RACHEL LYONS on February 16, 2014

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Cindy, this is a wonderful guideline for contacting friends by sending cards, especially for those away, in a timely manner. I really never thought about a Christmas card being a special holiay gift for people near to me. Linda

By Linda Parton on January 02, 2014

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Enjoyed your comments & reminding me to write my name first. Henrietta

By Henrietta Tharpe on January 02, 2014

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Hi Cindy! Interesting but I never thought of a Christmas card being a special holiday gift for close friends until I read your blog. Thanks for always having timely ideas!!!

By Linda Parton on December 30, 2013

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Great ideas! Thanks so much. Love the cards with the kids. Seeing them grow year after year is quite interesting. Thanks, Cindy, for giving us such interesting information and ideas. Can't wait until your next blog!

By Sandra on December 30, 2013

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I love receiving greeting cards and especially photograph cards. It is very personable to receive a Christmas card with a picture included. Christmas is a perfect time because family is always on your mind during the holiday season. I enjoyed seeing photographs of your boys on this post. Thanks for the tips. I am saving this information. Merry Christmas!!!

By Anne on December 19, 2013

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Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
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