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.
Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm