It’s that time of year again. You know, that time when you need to start double-checking your own list, to make sure that all of your contacts get updated about how things have gone for your family. It’s not enough to get everyone together for a picture that will sit on a peace Christmas card with a short note—that is a great way to let extended relatives and acquaintances know you are thinking about them, but when it comes to closer friends and relatives, work acquaintances (including your supervisor), and others who have a bit more involvement in your life, you need a little more.
The key to managing a holiday mailing list with that kind of complexity is to break it down and categorize. If your connection is emotional and you want to make sure that you take the time to really keep in touch, then adding photos or a handwritten letter will go a long way. If you have a big list, though, then there might not be time for that. Adding in a keepsake with extra photos, like a framed picture or a print, is a great way to add something extra to your Christmas card for the friends and relatives that are closer.
For those whose connection to your family is a little less intimate, a holiday keepsake like a new ornament, personalized stationary, or a festive seasonal snack all provide you with the opportunity to connect and to let them know you’re thinking of them during the holiday season.
By grouping your list into those who just need a calming peace Christmas card to show them how the family has changed, those who deserve a little extra attention, and those outside the family who need a little something extra, your holiday mailing list gets easier and easier to manage. The next step is picking out the right gifts for those extras.
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