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.
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 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!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm