December 9th, 2018
5 Tips for Sending Cards During the Holidays
Sending holiday cards has a long tradition beginning with the first greeting card commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on the 1st of May 1843. The central picture showed three generations of a family raising a toast to the card’s recipient. On both sides were scenes of charity, with food and clothing being given to the poor, This warm and fun tradition continues today in households all over the World. As the digital age continues to grow, the holiday season is usually the only time you may receive an influx of mail that you actually enjoy opening.
However, before you join in the fun and warm greetings of the Holiday, here are 5 tips to remember if you are planning to send out holiday cards to family and friends.
Send early – Whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or New Year’s, make sure to give yourself enough time to address and mail out your holiday cards so that they are received on or before the intended holiday.
Don’t send family photos to business associates – Family and friends love receiving holiday cards with photos. However, it is not proper etiquette to send such personalized cards to your associates. Choose a more professional design for business contacts.
Include a return address– Even if you are 100% sure that you have the correct mailing address, include a return address just in case your card does not reach its targeted destination. Returned cards will help you manage and keep your card list up to date.
Include a handwritten note – Never send a card without your own personal touch, even if it’s just your signature. A small personalized note shows the person you cared enough to take time to address them personally.
Avoid sending a digital card – The only time a digital holiday card is appropriate is if you ONLY have a digital relationship (social networking friends) with the intended receiver. Otherwise, take the time to purchase and send imprinted cards for your holiday card distribution.
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