December 22, 2009

Last-Minute Holiday Greeting Guide

If you're like me, and have put your holiday cards off to the last minute, you may find these simple holiday greeting card tips to be helpful.

To whom should I send holiday greetings?
First, it is helpful to create a list of people – friends, family, and acquaintances – that you’d like to keep in touch with. Holiday greetings are great for keeping up with people in your social circle. But be sure to maintain your recipient list often, in order for it to remain current.

Holiday Letters
Holiday letters are a common way to inform people who may not be up to date on your family’s life. These letters are usually interesting and fun to receive. But remember to be considerate – if a couple is recently divorced, or has just lost a loved one, they may not appreciate a cheery information-packed letter stating how perfect your family’s life may seem. Also, it is best to keep business holiday greetings and personal greetings – such as family photo cards and the holiday letters, separate. Be sure you know your audience.

If the card already has my (our) name(s) printed on it, is it necessary to sign as well?
You should always sign your holiday cards, even if your names are already printed on them.

What about envelopes? Should I have them printed with address or labeled?
Any of those selections is appropriate – it’s a personal choice. You can also hand address your envelopes.

Is it necessary to write a personalized note on holiday cards?
While it is not necessary, and depending on your relationship with the recipient, a short note is always appreciated.

When should I plan to mail out my holiday cards?
Due to the heavy volume of mail placed on the US Postal Service, keep in mind that it may take longer for your cards to reach their destination. Holiday cards should be received during the holiday season – typically between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. However, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, many families are opting to send out a New Year's greetings which grants them a longer window of opportunity. New Year's greetings should be sent no later than the middle of January.