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Holiday Card Etiquette By

Everyone loves to receive holiday cards. For many people, cards are an easy and enjoyable way to stay in touch with friends and family across the country. Holiday greeting cards should reflect your personal style, whether you choose a popular photo card with a picture of your family on the front or a traditional card with a custom holiday message printed on the inside.

Who to Send To

Holiday cards are a great way to reach out to all of your friends and family, especially those you may have lost touch with throughout the year. Typically, cards are sent to friends, neighbors, close business associates and family. For recently married couples, a great way to develop your holiday card list is to start with your wedding guest list and add new friends or acquaintances to it.

When to Send

Gather updated addresses and order custom photo or greeting cards by early November. Mail your greeting cards any time after Thanksgiving. Most recipients appreciate early cards, and by mailing cards early you can be sure that your good tidings will stand out. In general, plan to send all cards so they arrive at their destination before Christmas Day, but rest assured that January 1 is considered the official final day of the holiday card season.

What to Include

For photo cards, find a professional or creative photograph of your family, children or pets. Friends and relatives enjoy seeing how your children have grown, so photo holiday cards have become increasingly popular. Including your family name and a personalized holiday verse printed on the inside of the card is also a great way to distinguish your holiday card from the rest. Finally, try to write at least a quick personal sentence to each recipient and always sign your holiday cards to add thoughtful, warm touches.

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