Why the old-fashioned tradition of sending holiday greeting cards is one I look forward to every year – but especially now.
Why Holiday Greeting Cards are Still Special
Hello and season’s greetings! I hope you and your loved ones are continuing to stay well at this time. On today’s agenda, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my love of sending holiday greeting cards in the mail.
Not only do I enjoy the experience of curling up with a piping hot mug of cocoa and writing out best wishes for the holiday season to the tune of Burl Ive’s Christmas classics. I also know how meaningful it is to receive a token of holiday cheer in the mail, particularly at a time when we won’t be able to celebrate in person this year.
An old-fashioned greeting card arriving in the mail also undeniably stands out in the digital age we find ourselves in. Traditional cards signal that someone not only is thinking of you, but they also lovingly sat down with pen in hand to write you a personalized message in a way that can be enjoyed and displayed throughout the festive season.
When they spot that card on their mantel or desk, they’ll know you appreciate them and that is oh so very special!
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Step 1: Building Your Greeting Card List
To start off on your mission to send holiday greeting cards, take some time to think of close friends and family as well as others who are important in your life or have helped you in someway throughout the year. The act of assembling your mailing list is a terrific way to mentally recap the last 12 months, reflecting on those who have made them special. Think of colleagues, neighbors, doctors, or anyone who might not necessarily make it onto your shopping list but that you want to recognize as the year draws to a close.
By mailing a holiday greeting card to someone, you’re letting them know that they matter to you and you sincerely wish them a merry holiday season.
Step 2: Finding the Perfect Greeting Card
To start, decide on a message. There’s the standard Christmas route or the more universal messages of “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”.
Then, get shopping! Some of my favorite paper-sources are Papyrus, American Greetings, Target and Walgreens. Another great place to find holiday cards is TJ Maxx. While they’re not typically available online for purchase, if you hop into your nearest store I think you’ll be amazed to see what a vast collection of holiday greeting cards they have available.
In choosing a design, I tend to go all over the place. From Christmas tees to festive snowy scenes. There’s also traditional v. contemporary. If the image on the card sparks joy for you, then you know you’re on the right track.
Step 3: Writing Your Holiday Greeting Cards by Hand
Set yourself up with a piping hot beverage – a hot coffee, chocolate or toddy will do – and get cozy by your cheery decor. I also recommend queuing up your favorite holiday music or even turning the Hallmark channel on. The more festive vibes you can create, the better!
One by one, go through your mailing list and write a brief yet heartfelt message about why you’re thinking of that person this holiday season. The act of writing a card by hand is truly become a lost art amongst all our texting and emailing. Taking the time to write a meaningful message by hand is a tradition worth keeping alive. Then, gather up your finished holiday greeting cards, apply postage and send them in the mail.
Those on your holiday greeting cards list will receive a surprise in the mail that is sure to brighten their day! They’ll also have a special token to display throughout the holiday season, feeling appreciated and thinking of you into the New Year.
Thank you for reading! I hope you agree that sending holiday greeting cards is a tradition worth keeping.
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