Sending Christmas doesn’t have to be a tedious chore. I remember when I was little, my mum and grandmother would hang all the pretty Christmas cards on the Venetian blinds and I would love to look at them to see who they all came from.
Now as an adult, there’s nothing nicer than the smile created at the mailbox from a friend or loved one when they receive your card instead of the bills that usually pour in. Sending a Christmas card should be something that we want to do in showing those we care about that we are thinking of them, not because we feel like it’s something we have to do because it’s that time of year again.
Some basic planning can ensure that writing out Christmas cards doesn’t become a chore.
Write your list. There are a lot of Christmas card organisers available but I just print out the Christmas card form from Organised Christmas and went through our address book to get all the details I needed. I keep this in my Christmas notebook.
Once your list is ready, it’s time to buy cards. I try to buy them in the after-Christmas sales to stock up for the next Christmas.
You’ll also need stamps. Now that you know how many cards you need to write, you’ll know how many stamps you need to buy.
When do you want to mail your cards? I try to have our cards mailed out by the end of the first week in December. That way the ones that are going overseas will still get there in time. So now I know how long I have, I can plan a day each week over the next few weeks when it’s quiet to sit down and write out and address my cards.
On your chosen quiet day or night, make your favourite beverage, put on some relaxing music, or some Christmas music to put you in the festive spirit, throw on your favourite pajamas, and gather your supplies. I keep everything I need in a basket next to the lounge – my card list, cards, stamps, return address labels, Christmas stickers and my favourite pen.
Not only will your cards be signed and ready to go, but you’ll also get to enjoy a nice quiet day or evening at the same time.
There is nothing more special than sending a card personally signed by you to bring a smile to those you care about. It can be fun and relaxing if you plan and get organized.