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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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Christmas…… the special time when we cherish the gift of giving. This holiday gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation to loved ones through gifts to brighten their Christmas. Not only are the receivers of the gifts anxious about what’s under the wrapping paper, but the gift givers are also anxious to see the reactions of the recipients, if the gift was a hit or miss. The givers are hoping they made the right decisions with gifts they picked especially for you.
Although it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gifts, we’ve all been in a situation where we may have not been too pleased with a gift we have received.
Here are a few things to keep in mind
- If gifts are sent to you via mail, be sure to let the giver know when the gift arrives.
- Always read cards first! Reading the card first shows that you are connected to the emotional aspect of your gift.
- Make sure children unwrap all of their gifts before they start to play with a certain gift.
- Be sure not to ask receivers if they like the gift you gave.
- Do not ask where someone bought a gift.
- Never let someone know you don’t like the gift they gave you.
- Be sure not to put a gift in a box from a store where it wasn’t bought.
- Remove price tags from gifts before giving.
- Have a sense of gratitude for every gift you receive.
Remember, the holidays are a joyous occasion to be spent with family and friends and not just centered on gifts. It’s an overall time to be merry while enjoying the season.
We have prepared a few do’s and don’ts for this year’s holiday office party:
- Conduct yourself professionally at all times.
- Dress appropriately.
- Keep conversation positive and light.
- Wear name badges the right side.
- Avoid controversial conversations and debates.
- Only bring a guest if the invitation specifies you can bring one.
- Drink in moderation.
- Be sure to carry beverages in your left hand; this leaves your right hand free for handshakes.
- Thank the host before you leave.
- Eat and speak at the same time.
- Have too many drinks.
- Discuss work matters at the event.
- Over indulge in food; have a small bite to eat before the party.
- Arrive too late or miss the holiday party.
- Answer phone calls or text messages unless it is an emergency.
- Become the subject of the highlight story from the party
We hope these tips are helpful during this holiday season. For more protocol and etiquette tips contact Protocol International today!
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