Have an Awesome Christmas: Day Four - The Cards | Ms. Emily's Home for Full-Grown Nerds

Have an Awesome Christmas: The Cards

Now that December is a matter of hours away, it’s time to think about those Christmas cards! The thought of preparing cards may fill your heart with dread, but, if you have a nice system, it can really be pretty breezy…I promise!

Have an Awesome Christmas: Day Four | Ms. Emily's Home for Full-Grown Nerds

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The LIST

Before you can really get the Christmas card party started, you need to get your list in order. Who are you going to be sending those cards to? Are you just doing close friends and family or are you going to send a card to every person you’ve ever met or something in between? Whichever group you go with, creating a solid list is super-important.

I suggest using a Google Docs spreadsheet or Trello or the digital organization tool of your choice for making your list…that way it’s super-easy to access whenever you need and can be updated in a jiffy when people move or change family status or any of that address-changing type stuff.

For each card-receiver on your list, include the names of family members and a complete and current address. Some people like to keep track of who sent cards back, but I never worry about that, personally. Sending a card, in my opinion, is about genuine well-wishing to the people in my life…and we don’t want to “keep score” when it comes to well wishes, do we? 🙂

Now that we have a list, we know our numbers, and we can move on to…

The Supplies

We obviously need some things for card sending:

  • The cards themselves. If you go for store-bought, printed, or hand made cards, you need to make sure you have enough and have them in time for sending. I like to make sure I have a few extras…just in case I later realize I forgot someone.
  • Stamps! Pop into the post office and grab enough festive stamps to get you through the card mailing.
  • Labels. If you use return address labels, make sure you have enough. If you print mailing address labels, make sure you have all the blank labels that you need.
  • A few good pens. Make sure you have some nice, full-of-ink, blissful-to-write-with pens for all of that card signing (and address writing if you don’t do printed labels).

Space and Time

Set up a pleasant spot for completing your cards. Turn on some Christmas music, make a cup of cocoa, and get ready to wish joy and peace on people. 😀

If you have a lot of cards to tend to, you may run out of joy and peace before you run out of cards. Fret not…it happens to all of us. The thing to do when you have loads of cards is to split the task into smaller sessions. Perhaps you can prepare 20 (15, 25, 30…whatever works for you) cards each day until they’re finished? If you go with this method, I suggest starting with the cards that need to travel the farthest…that way you can go ahead and pop them in the mail, and they’ll arrive at about the same time as all of your other cards.

Mail ’em Out

All that’s left now is the mailing. If you’ve done all of your cards at once, you may want to just run them by the post office…especially if you have too many to fit in your mailbox for outgoing mail. If you’ve done smaller batches, you might want to pop them in your outgoing mail each day…if it’s 20 or 30 cards each day for several days, make super-sure you remember to leave a treat for your mail delivery person. 🙂

And that’s it…you’re all done with your cards…because you’re an awesome Christmas ninja!

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Looking for some Christmas inspiration? You can check out my Christmas Pinterest board to see what inspires me…and maybe start your own for Christmas ideas that you love. (Pinterest boards are awesome for creating a visual of the style and feel that makes your heart happy.) 🙂

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What about you? Do you send cards for Christmas? Do you adore getting cards? Any nifty ways to display the cards you receive? Do you have a favorite Christmas card ever?

11 thoughts on “Have an Awesome Christmas: The Cards

  1. Angela Leese says:

    Since we’ve now got a super cute kid, I go the easy route: upload a particularly adorable photo to Mpix and they print the cards. They do a big sale around Thanksgiving so it forces me to order them early.

    I have a Google Sheets file with addresses and use my Facebook friends list to make sure I didn’t forget anyone.

    Display-wise, it’s really simple: stuck on the fridge using our various magnets. The photo cards stay up all year because it’s lovely to look at them every time I get a drink or whatever.

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  2. Corina says:

    I stopped sending Christmas cards the third year that I found them bundled, stamped, and ready to mail in JUNE of the following Christmas year! I gave up. Now, if I send one, it is one or two with a picture of the grand kids, and that’s for special family members only. But usually, I don’t send any out.

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    • fullgrownnerd says:

      LOL I think it would be awesome to get a Christmas card in June…you should just go ahead and mail them. 😉 I think not sending cards is a perfectly perfect choice…there have been years that I chose not to mess with it at all…mostly because of the expense.

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      • Corina says:

        Yes, it’s expensive then there’s the part where the list keeps growing. There’s the “well, they sent one last year,” and the “I don’t want them to feel left out when they visit so and so and see that they got one,” and on and on.

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  3. kimicalreaction says:

    I always make photo cards. Since we don’t have (non-fur) kids, it’s always a “semi-glam” picture of me and David on the beach. 🙂 Until this year I always did New Year’s Cards, because I was never able to get them made in time for Christmas, but somehow or another I got my game on in November and was able to have Christmas/Holiday cards this time! Whoo hoo!
    In the past, I’ve just sent cards to family and people who have sent us cards, but this year I doubled my order and I’m planning an outreach!

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    • fullgrownnerd says:

      I love the idea of New Year’s Cards! My BFF skips the Christmas card ritual and sends out hand made Valentine’s cards instead, and I so look forward to that card every year. 🙂

      Good luck with your holiday card outreach…that’s awesome!

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  4. larva225 says:

    I do cards every year. Lots of them. I do the cutesy “look at my children” Shutterfly jobs. I am scaling back this year, however. I historically send or give out 40+ but rarely hear back from many recipients. Un-merry, perhaps, but my resources are limited!

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  5. kaycreate says:

    I absolutely LOVE sending out Christmas cards. We (being me and my partner) began this tradition the year our daughter was born and now I can’t imagine not sending out holiday cards! Plus, who doesn’t love snail mail?! This year is extra special for me as I did an illustrated card of our family and put it all together in Photoshop! Woohoo! I just launched my annual card swap on my blog today – even if you don’t sign up I would absolutely love to send you and your family a card! 🙂

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