If your idea of sending holiday cards involves a ritual featuring a cozy fire, hot cocoa, and Bing Crosby, this list isn't for you. On the other hand, if you know you should get to those cards but it seems like one big pain in the mistletoe, read on for tips to help you get out of your own way.
Choose only one card design and think of it as your signature style for this year. Choosing variety packs or a box here and a box there invariably leads to time consuming decisions of who "deserves" which card.
Take all the envelopes out of the box(es) and start addressing. Multi-task. Address envelopes during television commercials. Toss envelopes, a pen, and your address book in a bag and address envelopes while waiting for appointments. Anytime you'd spend flipping through a magazine or reading a book, you can spend writing out envelopes.
With the envelope in front of you, sign the card to that person (or family). Keep it simple: "best wishes," "love," "miss you," or a similar sentiment, with your name(s). Now, insert the card into the envelope, fold first, so the card's opening is at the top, where the envelope opens. DO NOT SEAL THE ENVELOPE, YET. Apply return address labels and postage.
If you get that newsletter done, or the photo taken and printed, you can slip it into the open envelope and it will land right inside the card! Likewise, if you find the time to pen a personal note, in the envelope it can go. But, if all those good intentions never come to pass, you can seal up those cards and have them in the mail pronto.
In the unfortunate event your cards didn't come with self sealing envelopes, give your tongue a break and pick up a sponge tip applicator at the office supply store. Some even come prefilled! Your taste buds will thank you and the job will get done much more quickly.
Great ideas, thanks..
Thanks for the Christmas card tips. H5
Great timesaving ideas!
Great list. I really need to get a sponge tip applicator this year!
I've fully given up on this task! I never was very good at Christmas or Hanukah cards anyway so no one even notices...sad, but true...
Great list, I still cant belive Christmas is around the corner!
Great list bossy. I try to do mine over Thanksgiving holiday. If I don't get to them then, I ever get them done.
This is an excellent ListMy5 of tips to get Christmas cards done early.
These are great tips! Thanks for posting them!
I need this great reminder of a list. This will help many people get their Christmas cards off for sure.
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