Do you remember the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Marie writes a letter to include in her Christmas cards about what everyone’s been up to that year, and it starts an all-out feud? If not, see here. The main premise of the episode is that not all of her comments are flattering, and the dysfunctional Barone clan can’t agree on how to rewrite the letter. Since it’s once again holiday card time, I’d like to share with you some tips to make your holiday card experience fun and drama-free!
Holiday Card Writing Tips
1. Everybody Loves Pictures
You don’t have to hire a professional photographer to wrangle the kids, grandkids, and dogs into one perfectly posed shot. Candids from the last family gathering or photo booth-style pictures of you with your nearest and dearest wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and making funny faces will still spread plenty of holiday cheer without raising your blood pressure or breaking your bank.
2. Eschew E-Cards
E-cards are fun, cheap, and easy, and can be perfectly special and meaningful, but nothing beats a traditional, handwritten card that gets sent through the mail. Speaking from experience, I can say that I’ve never printed an e-card, but I’ve saved almost every physical card I’ve received. I have a card I got for my 13th birthday hanging on my bedroom wall right now, in fact. So please, please, I beg of you – take the extra time and postage to hand write your holiday card this year.
3. Make It About Them
Your holiday card is really only for you in the sense that it should bring you joy to bring joy to others. Otherwise, it’s really about the people you’re writing to and the people you’re writing about. These days, when every bit of news anyone’s had all year has been on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, holiday cards are more for focus than for news. Think back on everyone’s biggest accomplishments this year and remind loved ones so you can all celebrate all over again, and/or thank/congratulate/applaud your recipients for something awesome they’ve done.
4. Glitter Is Your Friend
After the age of seven, glitter becomes less an exciting decorating tool and more an unnecessary hassle that you’ll be finding in your carpet and on your clothes for weeks. This holiday season, channel your inner child and bust out the glitter again. Glitter is fun, festive, and sometimes even edible. If the thought of all those loose pieces is too daunting, you can grab a paper plate, mix it with some glue, and use a paint brush to fancy up your holiday card.
5. Send To One And All
If you’re really in the holiday spirit this year, no matter which holiday you (or anyone else) celebrate(s), consider expanding your card-sending circle. There are plenty of deserving recipients for cards outside of your family and friends. Your coworkers, your mailman, the barista who always makes your latte just right – there are plenty of people in your life who could use some holiday cheer, and who will appreciate being thought of. Make simple “Happy Winter!” cards and sneak them into random mailboxes, or tuck them into books at the library. You can also send cards to soldiers via the Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program, or through Operation Christmas Cards.
If you have some holiday card tips to share, please post them in the comments. Better yet, send a card to the team here at Pencils.com! Our address is:
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