Thanksgiving is over and it's time to tackle your holiday to do's. As exhausting as all of those to do's can be, don't forget your holiday cards. It's a great way to catch up with friends and family that you haven't seen over the last year and update them on your life. Here are a few tips to help with your mailing process:
1. Cards should be mailed 2-3 weeks prior to Christmas.
2. For photo cards, find the perfect family picture first and then find a card to match it. If you want something unique, you can always go with a custom design...just order early. For those newlywed couples, think about using a wedding picture as your card.
3. Who should be on your list: Parents, grandparents, extended family, friends and neighbors should be first on your list. Then you might want to add your coworkers and families of your children's friends. Don't forget your college friends that you might want to get back in touch with. Think about putting all your addresses in an excel spreadsheet marked Christmas. When you get your cards each year, be sure to save the envelopes and update your list for any changed addresses.
4. When addressing, have some fun. Unless you are sending to clients and acquaintances, your addressing can be informal. Suggestions would be "The Jones Family" or "Aunt Sue & Uncle Bob Moore."
5. Think about using colored envelopes to make your cards stand out. Some companies offer colored envelope choices for an added price. Also think about envelope liners to give your card a little flair.
6. Along with the colored envelopes, think about using fun pens. Make sure to use strong ink that won't smudge and will make it through the mail process. Some popular ones are felt and brush pens. If you want to do calligraphy use a fountain pen with an ink cartridge or a flex neb. If you are busy, check out printing options from wherever you order your invitations.
7. Want to embellish your card, think about fun, holiday address labels and holiday postage.
Sending Christmas cards can be fun if you use steps to simplify your process. Make sure to keep the most current addresses of your friends and purchase your cards and postage early.