Send The Right Note
What kind of Christmas card should you send -- and to whom? Christmas cards remain a strong tradition during the season. Keep these card etiquette tips in mind as you prepare your annual mailing.
What to send
Split your list into personal and professional contacts. Then, purchase two different Christmas card styles so your boss doesn't get the photo collage of your kids.
the mailing list
Now that you have decided on the perfect Christmas card for this holiday season, to whom do you send it? Christmas cards are a great way of reconnecting with people you don't see all the time, and
most people appreciate receiving holiday cheer (no matter who it is from). Sending your Christmas card to everyone in your address book can get a little pricey, though.
When to send
The post office can be a busy place in December, so send your Christmas cards the day or the week after Thanksgiving. This allows your friends and family time to enjoy your Christmas card in the days before the holiday. Many people display the cards they receive for the entire month. If you wait too long, your Christmas card will be thrown into a box or the trash almost immediately upon arrival.
How to sign
Preprinted verses are fine, but preprinting the signature is in poor taste. Show your friends and family that you care by signing your own name and maybe even a short note to make your Christmas card that much more personal. Remember that, when you are signing for the entire family, you traditionally start with the father, then the mother, and end with the children, from oldest to youngest. If you have a large family, avoid a cramp in your hand by signing something like "John, Mary and family."
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