An Organized Approach to Sending Christmas Cards

Tips to help you with your Christmas card list  

 

Long ago, before the onset of current technologies such as telephones and the internet, a mailed, hand-written note was the only way to go. There was a pride in penmanship, stationary quality, and a certain joy in opening a letter that was written just for you.

Times have changed, and more and more people are sending e-cards or having their holiday cards produced by a printing service that will do everything for them-even sign their name, mail to an uploaded contact list, and apply necessary postage. Is there anything wrong with that? Absolutely not-technological change isn’t a bad thing. But for those who still like to send yearly Christmas greetings through the mail, there are ways to make the process easier.

Organized Christmas offers a free, printable, Christmas card tracking sheet.  Good for four years, it contains space for a contact’s name and address, as well as a coding system so you can track when a card was mailed to a contact, and when a contact sent a card to you.

If you are looking at technology to make your life easier, and you use Microsoft Outlook to manage your contacts, why not print your mailing address labels directly from Outlook? You can select those contacts to which you want to send a card, hit a few buttons, and out pops your printed labels. You can still personalize your own cards and write a special note, but you don’t need to address the envelopes. Not sure how to do it? Click here for directions.

Do you use Apple products? There’s an app for that! Hamilton Apps has designed an app for card giving that uses your stored contacts from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. For just $0.99 it is a technological dream come true.

Still looking for an easier way to send cards? Try Sendoutcards.com. You can upload or type in your contacts, pick a greeting card and personalize it, pick a mailing date, and still have time to bake your favorite Christmas cookies.

Is your Christmas list getting too long? Try these tips from MannersMentor.com.

  1. If your only relationship with someone is a digital one, then an e-mail card is fine.
  2. It’s appropriate to send a card to anyone; however, they’re most appropriate for sending greetings and best wishes for those you won’t see in person this holiday season.There’s no need to send them to neighbors or friends at school, work, or church that you’re going to see between now and January 1st.
  3. Christmas cards don’t require you to acknowledge receipt, and one isn’t required in return.
  4. There’s no rudeness inherent in dropping someone from your card list, especially if you’re sending standard cards instead of e-mail cards. Also, if you’ve sent a card for the last two years and haven’t received one in return, you’re fine to stop sending.

Jenny Power, Absolutely Organized

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