How to Write Holiday Greeting Cards Better

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Christmas cards are a big part of the holidays for me. I love to find a package of cards, with enough to send to everyone on my list, something creative and cheerful on the card front and a sentiment inside which isn't too sappy. It takes awhile to find the right box of cards, at the right price. I also like cards that can be mailed. Anything too decorative with fancy beads and gizmos won't be the right card to send through Canada Post. (Or any post offices, depending on where you mail them from). Bumpy cards are really only good for hand delivering yourself.

A Few Ideas for Signing those Cards

  • Merry Yule. Hope you find something wonderful at the bottom of your Christmas stocking
  • Seasons Greetings. Treat yourself to a great hot beverage over the holidays.
  • Happy Holidays. It’s only as cold as you think it is!
  • Joys of the Season to you and your family.
  • Be Merry, Bright and inspired this holiday season.
  • Merry greetings and all that goes along with the holiday season.
  • Happy holiday baking and snacking.
  • Good will towards all men, women, children and animals too.
  • Celebrate the season.
  • Happy Christmas shopping, you can't give everyone a lump of coal after all.
  • Merry Christmas. I'll be happy to pick up Santa's milk and cookies for him.
  • Merry wishes for a great Christmas.
  • Keep your holiday cheer all through to the New Year.

What you Need for Sending Out Christmas Cards

  • Make a list of everyone you want to send a card to. Count how many cards you will need based on your list.
  • Get the update on any addresses you aren't sure of. Look up postal codes if you are missing any.
  • Make note of the stamps you will need to buy (for each location: Canada, the US, overseas in my case).
  • Pick up your stamps early so you can get the Christmas stamps at the Post Office. Also, you can stick them on and mail them without waiting in a line for people mailing packages overseas later.
  • It's an extra, but I like to have holiday stickers to add inside the card and/or on the outside of the envelope. Sometimes I draw my own Christmas doodles too.
  • Another extra is a fancy pen for writing all those cards. I like to use a red pen, a holiday colour.

Remember to Send Christmas Cards

Do you write, address and mail out Christmas cards every year?

  • No. I don't celebrate Christmas.
  • No, I buy the cards and then start writing them but don't get them all done and mailed on time.
  • Yes, just call me Martha! I get all my cards done and mailed each year!
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Keeping Religion out of Your Season's Greetings

I like to use Merry Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings - any variety of holiday salutations. But, lately the traditional greetings have come under fire, getting closer scrutiny. Christians don't want to keep the Christ out of Christmas. But, not everyone is Christian. Do you even know (for sure) which religion everyone on your Christmas card list believes in?

For instance, Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate Christmas. You might feel funny (or upset) if someone returns your Christmas card for religious reasons.

Unless you are sure about religious issues you should consider a neutral holiday greeting. Season's Greetings works well. Winter is a season after all. How can anyone, of any religion have an objection to a card wishing them a happy winter season?

Keep this in mind too when you buy (or make your own) Christmas cards. The illustration on the front could be something neutral, like snowmen, a Christmas village, etc. You can keep the issue in mind when you pick out the cards you want to send.

Of course, if you are sending cards just to family and friends you know very well, this whole thing won't be a problem.

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