Christmas is a busy time of the year for many people. You are likely finalizing and wrapping gifts—and sending out Christmas cards. If you are not sure how to prepare for sending Christmas cards, here are a few tips.
Ideally, you would mail holiday greetings during the first week of December. That means you should order Christmas cards about mid-November or even before. A time-saving tactic, though, is to order more cards than you need, and you can use them in future years. Another advantage to this approach is that you have a plentiful supply of cards on hand if you decide to add more people to your mailing list. When the next Christmas rolls around, your cards are already selected, and you have one fewer item on your to-do list.
Should you opt for print cards or digital cards? The answer is nearly always to go print; physical Christmas cards convey a type of warmth and a sense of closeness that digital cards just cannot get across. You can add to the experience with personal touches such as photo cards. These can be digital as well, but rather than having recipients print photos themselves, it is better etiquette to send print cards.
It is worth mentioning that you should plan for one trip to the post office if your cards are print. This is especially true if you are enclosing materials such as photos that add to postage costs. Rather than risk your cards being returned to you, head out to the post office during a low-traffic time to get your cards weighed. You’ll know how much postage is necessary for each type of mailing.
By planning early with big orders and post office visits, you are in great shape to get your Christmas cards out in time. But if your plans go awry? That’s okay. The Christmas spirit is what matters; late cards are still very welcome.
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