You might think this is a little early for Christmas cards. Now is the time to start gathering ideas and doing a little research. For me, Christmas cards are a way to stay in touch with those that have meant something to me and my family in the past, but if I am going to take the time and go to the expense of choosing to send Christmas cards, I don’t want to just sign my name and that’s it. Each year, I like to do something a little different than I’ve done before with my cards or letters. Here is a list of options that you might want to start considering now. Visit 100 Days to Christmas for more information.
Pre-packaged cards from the store. There is no shame in these. Just, please, add a little personal information besides just your name.
Christmas letter on holiday stationery. I LOVE these. I love reading what each family has done over the past year. Just, please, do not include an entire book’s worth of information. How many people really want to hear about each tooth that Jimmy lost in detail?
Homemade cards. With today’s plethora of pretty papers and card-making supplies, you can let your creativity run free here. Start thinking of ideas.
Have cards personalized and printed. There are many places that will do this for you now. They’ll even include a printed message inside that you have written.
Photo card. I am always a little disappointed when a Christmas card comes in the mail from people I don’t see often and there is no picture. A photo card is an attractive way to go – but don’t forget to include a personal note or letter!
Purchase your cards through a charitable organization. Visit Cards that Give for an impressive selection of cards that will benefit quite an array of organizations.
eCards. Whether the economy or the environment is a concern to your family, electronic cards are a way to keep in touch and share your family’s news of the year. The cost of stamps keeps going up. Electronic communication is better than no communication.
What are your favorite Christmas card ideas? Do you have a plan for this coming Christmas?