The holidays are a time to spend with and celebrate the people most dear to you – and sending out holiday cards is a great way to tell your friends and loved ones exactly how you feel about them. While there are a number of card options from which to choose, holiday card etiquette calls for a bit of tradition, combined with a dash of modernity.
Here are six holiday card etiquette tips to help you make the most out of the holiday season, regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.
1. Skip Digital Cards
Digital cards, while fun, can be kind of tacky. If you’re going for something more conventional and authentic, go the traditional route and order printed holiday photo cards in lieu of digital ones to send to your friends and loved ones. You can even opt to send a family newsletter to give updates on how everyone’s doing. Indeed, your family and friends will love this cute little addition and appreciate the effort. Address your envelopes appropriately by including the names and titles of your co-workers, boss, and church family, while being more informal with family and friends.
2. Use a Standard “Happy Holidays” Greeting
Not everyone celebrates the same holidays, so if you’re sending out cards to different friends, be sensitive about mentioning one specific holiday. Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah, and some Kwanzaa. Instead of finding a specific card for each friend or family member, sending out a generic greeting like “Happy Holidays” can help you cover all your bases without going crazy looking for specific holiday-themed cards.
3. Send a Personalized Message
Instead of opting for a generic holiday card, send out one that contains a personalized message to each of your family and friends. Sure, it might take a bit longer to write out, but it will give friends and loved ones the impression that you put in some time and effort. Adding a short, funny anecdote about a shared memory or event can make it even more special. Dig deep and think of something that will resonate with each recipient.
4. Keep Your Grammar in Check
This might sound obvious, but before ordering your personalized holiday cards, make sure to check your grammar and spelling before finalizing your purchase. Nothing is worse than a gorgeously designed card with typos and grammatical errors. If you’re ordering online, you can simply type what you want to say into an online spelling and grammar checker (like Grammarly) before copying and pasting your message online.
5. Add Family Photos
For an extra special touch, you can add family photos to your holiday cards. If you’ve taken recent professional or high-quality photos of your family in holiday attire, the perfect place for those photos is your holiday cards. Your family and friends will love being able to see how much everyone’s grown and changed throughout the year. Just make sure the photos you use are both appropriate and tasteful before adding them to your holiday cards.
6. Send Out the Cards in Time
Finally, make sure to leave enough time for your recipients to receive the cards in the mail before the holidays arrive. Sending them out a week or two before the holidays is a good practice to follow to ensure they arrive on time. Of course, a lot of people will be sending out holiday cards as well – and delivery delays this time of the year can typically slow down the process. So, give yourself and your recipients enough time by sending them ahead of time.
Spread a Little Holiday Cheer
The holidays are a great time to celebrate all that you’re thankful for with friends and loved ones – and doing it in style with tasteful, printed holiday cards can help make the event even more special. Following the above tips can make this time of year (as well as other holidays) easier and less stressful when it comes to spreading a little holiday cheer.