To send Christmas cards or not to send Christmas cards, that is the question. Answer these few questions first, if you are in a dilemma.
Who is on my Christmas Card list? Does this list need editing? If time and money are a consideration, you may want to send cards only to out-of-town people. Decide what is a manageable number considering how many family members and friends you have.
What is my purpose in sending the card? What is the point of sending a card with a computer generated label, a computer generated signature, and no picture or personal note? A short note about the families’ happenings throughout the year is delightful. A minute by minute journal is overwhelming.
Select your Christmas cards now if you haven’t already. Start addressing the envelopes during those nuggets of time such as during car pool line, waiting while children are participating in extra curricular activities. Get in the holiday spirit while addressing cards by playing Christmas music.
An idea for next year: On Thanksgiving Day take a family photo when everyone is together. Zoom in on their faces. Faces are what we want to see. Don’t stress about the background or what they are wearing.
The proper way to address cards is to hand-write the mailing address on the front and hand-write the return address on the back envelope flap. Sign your name first. Ladies first. Never separate a man from his last name. Example: Loi and Chuck Palmer.
Remember that extra postage, 49 cents, will be needed if your envelope exceeds 3 1/3 x 5 inches, if you have a square envelope, or it weighs over an ounce.