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*Originally posted, November, 2018. Updated, October, 2019.
When I was younger, right after college, and through law school, I never sent out Christmas cards.
I wasn't sure who I'd send them to, and, most frustratingly, I had no idea what I'd put on them, since we had neither kids nor pets, nor did I necessarily have any images of the two of us that I wanted to include.
As I hit my mid-20’s, I started receiving quite a few holiday cards from coworkers, family, friends from college and law school, etc., and felt badly not reciprocating.
I always got *so excited* when a Christmas card came in the mail or arrived on my desk at work, yet I did suspect that if I didn't reciprocate, they might stop coming.
With some encouragement from my former boss, I finally made the leap and started sending out Christmas cards from just my husband and I and I've enjoyed it so much every year! Now I look forward to when I can start researching and buying my yearly Christmas cards - and we've finally researched that time of year!
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Where can I find cute Christmas cards?
For me, Minted worked perfectly. They have unique products with clean, modern designs that can be individually personalized, generally with very little effort from me.
It's quick and easy to narrow selections based on the holiday message (Happy Holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, etc.) and whether you want to include a personalized message.
Let's discuss some easy tips and tricks for making your own cards this year!
Which picture to use on your Christmas card
The question of which picture to use on my Christmas card was the hardest part for me, and really was the issue that had been holding me back from sending them.
Until I finally made the leap: Pictures of yourself (certainly can be, but) do not have to be the entire focus of a Christmas card. Friends and family want to know what's been going on with you this past year - it doesn't have to be conveyed by a picture you took!
If this isn't a year where you can feature a good photo, go with a postcard format. You can use a Minted design on the front, and include your own, small picture on the back (or not). The little picture on the back is *perfect* for dogs and cats, if you're fortunate enough to have one to include!!
Christmas cards for newlyweds
Our first Christmas card, which I loved, featured a change of address postcard format on the front, since we had just moved, and no picture of us.
Or, if you are newly married and looking for something to do with all of those wedding photos, Minted even has an entire section of Newlywed Holiday Cards.
What to write in a Christmas card?
Though I'm never short on things to say, I like to keep it simple on the Christmas card. This is why I like the postcard style - very little is required, aside from "Happy Holidays!" and your name. If you want to say more, focus on big events - new jobs, new home, new pets!
And if you really don't have anything to say, Minted will reformat the card so that there isn't a big blank space begging for text.
Who should I send Christmas cards to?
Family, friends, college friends, colleagues at work (you can just leave them on desks, if you don't want to bother with addresses), and even former colleagues (that's one of my favorites). I regularly send cards to people who do not reciprocate, but who often tell me how much they appreciate receiving them! Maybe I should direct them to this post...
Minted will even address the cards/envelopes for you, if you enter the addresses into the website. Additionally, one of the best features of the site is that you can type in the addresses and save them for next year.
This feature is definitely what keeps me going year after year - Minted addresses 3/4 of my order with my addresses and I just order a few blank ones and address some by hand for new additions to the list! I have our return address put on all the cards, which saves a ton of time.
Also, rather than having to keep a stack of address changes, etc., I can update the addresses in the website throughout the year as people move.
When should I send out Christmas cards?
For me, I say earlier you can send out the Christmas cards, the better. I aim to order them before Thanksgiving and send them out right after.
That way, if you send them early enough, you'll get some in return if you hadn't been sending them before. However, if by the time you get to this article, you're missed that window, Minted can get them to you shockingly quickly. If you end-up even missing that window, there are always the shiny New Years cards, as seen below!
Happy Holidays! xx
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