Monday, October 27, 2008
Christmas Card Etiquette
Sending Christmas cards is a tricky thing. Who do you send them to? Who don't you send them to? What if you get a card and you didn't send them one? What if you send a card and don't get one in return? I have asked myself these questions before and I have found a system that works for me. I hope it can work for you too!
Start signing and addressing your cards now, (most of ours are done by now), this will help you alleviate 1 more thing you have to do during the holidays.
Send them before the holiday rush.
I send our Christmas cards the day before Thanksgiving. Most of my cards, the local ones at least, are then received the day after Thanksgiving.
Keep a tally.
To some Christmas cards are very important and when you get "cut" off the recipient list it isn't a good thing. For some Christmas cards aren't really a big deal, its just something else for them to do during the holidays. Keeping a tally of who you sent a card to and who sent you a card will help you "weed" through your long list of recipients.
Stick to your tally sheet!
Only sending cards to those who care to exchange cards with you will not only save you time and money, but for some it will be relieving. Some people feel pressure to get a card out to anyone who sent them one, but they really don't have the money or time to do so. Give them a break!
So here is your to do list:
1.Start signing & addressing those cards
(quick tip-don't seal them yet-you may choose to include something at the last minute-leave the door open!)
2.Start a tally sheet.
You can do this in excel, word, or simply on a piece of paper. I like to have 3 rows-name & address/sent card/received card. When you receive a card don't forget to put a little check mark under receive. If you receive a card from someone you didn't send a card to, just add them to the list and quickly send them one back!
3.Buy your holiday stamps.
Post offices are selling these now, or you can buy them online at www.usps.com Getting this done now really takes another thing off your plate during this busy season.
4. Relax! You are ready for the holidays!