Christmas time is my favorite time of year! Like many people, I love spreading Christmas cheer by giving gifts and sending Christmas cards. I use Christmas cards as a personal way to connect with friends and family during the holiday season. Everyone on our Christmas card mailing list has played an important role in our lives, at one time or another. Not only do I love sending Christmas cards, I love receiving them in return. Seeing photos of everyone’s kids and reading their Christmas letters brings me so much joy! Plus, the cards help me stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in loved ones’ families. If the thought of sending Christmas cards seems overwhelming, stick with me for a few minutes. I’m sharing 5 tips for sending Christmas cards!
Tip #1: Plan ahead and mail Christmas cards early. I suggest ordering cards prior to Thanksgiving so that you can allow yourself enough time to get them addressed and mailed out. The holidays are already a busy time. Avoid the stress by aiming to send your cards out during the first full week of December.
Tip #2: Throughout the year, save envelopes from mailings you receive to easily update your spreasheet of addresses. A quick monthly address update will ensure your Christmas card address list is ready to go for early card mailing.
Tip #3: If your Christmas/holiday card will include a family photo, schedule photo sessions early. We try to have our annual family photos taken in late summer or early fall, allowing me plenty of time to select a great card and get them ordered in a timely manner.
Because I also love to make various photo gifts such as photo books and ornaments, having the family pictures out of the way helps! One of my favorite yearly traditions includes ordering 2 sets of photo ornaments for each of our kids. I keep one set and store the other to gift to them when they are older.
Tip #3: Choose outfits you love for your children and build and style your outfits around theirs. You can select snippets of color from their clothing to inspire your accessory choices such as necklaces, scarves, earrings, shoes or belts. This helps to create a coordinated, cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy.
Tip #4: After outfits have been chosen, let them help inspire your photo location.
Tip #5: Be sure to include your return address on your envelopes. Whether you do a return address stamp, or order labels, it’s always a good idea to have your address on your card. I ordered return labels from Tiny Prints this year, but also have a stamp with our address on it from TinyPrints and absolutely love it! Tiny Prints has a great selection of cards, labels, stamps and other accessories to make sending cards a breeze!