With the holidays right around the corner you will want to make sure your mailbox is ready to handle all of those holiday greeting cards. While we have become an online society and emails are sent constantly, the one form of correspondence that seems to remain is the holiday card. Cards are sent out around this time of year and can consist of a simple holiday greeting to a family photo with a form letter sharing the exciting happenings throughout the past year. It is a tradition in many homes.
While it may be time consuming to select the perfect card and concerns about handwriting, the annual ritual of creating and sending holiday cards has several benefits.
There are an estimated 1.6 billion seasonal cards sent out during this season. And everyone opens the cards they receive with anticipation, rushing to the mailbox in the evening ready to see what was sent and said with a holiday card. It is the one time of the year that that mail is not only advertisements and bills. It is a time to remember those that we might have lost touch with or catch up with an old friend. Holiday cards are a great way to stay connected by having a very personal impact.
Some tips for sending out holiday cards –
- Cards are a way to stay in touch and might be the only contact you have each year with your extended family and friends. Writing a short note or sending a family letter each year helps to stay connected.
- Sending holiday cards is also a great time to let everyone know if you have a new address. You will need to make sure your address book is updated and if you are starting fresh with a new address you will want to make sure your mailbox reflects your personality to collect those holiday cards for you.
- The holiday time is also a good time to network. Sending a holiday card to an old colleague who might be in a position to assist you with a career change or moving would be a great way to reach out. A card would also be a good way to re-establish a business connection if you have lost touch over the years.
- If you have ever forgotten to thank someone for a gift or a favor a holiday card would be a great way to make amends. You could include a “p.s. thank you for the gift” or whatever you forgot during the year to acknowledge the thoughtfulness.
Enjoy checking your mail each evening and savor every card. It is a wonderful time of year.
- It is appropriate to send a card to anyone you know, however, make sure you send greetings and best wishes to those you won’t see in person this holiday season.
- Remember to send cards to those that might be lonely or have suffered a loss/major life change this year. They will appreciate knowing that you took the time to send them a card and are thinking of them.
- When sending imprinted cards sign your name. This will provide a more personal touch.
- Make sure you double check the address and required amount of postage before you send out your cards. You don’t want to have cards being returned for lack of postage or incomplete addresses.