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.