Everyone sends Christmas cards! Everyone likes to get them in return! So how’s your Christmas card organization?Christmas card organization is really important for a number of reasons.
Christmastime is a busy time of year and I guarantee you don’t want to waste any time. Time spent with family, baking cookies, shopping at the mall, listening to Christmas music, looking at Christmas lights and watching holiday movies is what you want to spend your time on! So why do we waste so much time on Christmas card preparation? You do the same thing every year by sending Christmas cards to your family and friends! Why not make it easy on yourself from year to year and keep this corner of your life organized? Without it, it’s possible you may miss an important someone when sending your cards out!
So I’ve got a few tips that have helped me stay up to date and organized with my Christmas card preparation!
1. Take pictures early!
A popular trend for Christmas cards is to send photo cards. I’ve done this the past 2 years and it’s hit! Think about it…you’ve got friends and family who may not see you often and they would enjoy a picture of you and your family! So instead of buying Christmas cards and inserting a picture in them, make photo cards!
My suggestion is to take your pictures early! Have a friend get a couple shots of you and your family a month before. You don’t have to dress in winter garb; you can always spice up your picture with snowflake overlays later! But DO get your pictures done no later than October! It takes time to find a good deal and develop them. Which brings me to my next point:
2. Look out for deals!
If you’re going the photo card route, hooray for you! You’ll have to be on watch for a good deal online. I’ve used Shutterfly, Walgreens, CVS, and others to make my own photo cards. All of those run promotions and have coupons and offer codes you can use; you just have to keep your eyes open! I’d stay in touch with Groupon and Social Living. They have lots of deals for photo companies.
If you’re going the traditional card route, good for you as well! Remember to be on the look out for cards that catch your personal sense of style. You probably won’t get as good deals on cards before Christmas as you would after Christmas. So my suggestion is to stock up after Christmas so that next year, you are prepared!
3. Document & update!
Start a computer document with all of your Christmas list contacts and addresses. You’ll never forget to send someone their card again. And you won’t have to search for addresses! They’re all in one place! Don’t forget to update the list. If you know that someone has moved, contact them and update. Facebook is awesome for contacting people so don’t forget to use that resource! HERE are some great resources to help you document!
4. Buy stamps.
I always forget this one and end up stamping them at the post office! Go a couple weeks ahead of time to your post office and buy some pretty Christmas stamps for your cards. That way you won’t be rushing around during the Christmas season having to complete these tedious tasks. Keep them safe or you’ll lose them!
5. Send early!
I think it’s nice to get Christmas cards early so I can display them longer. The Christmas season lasts only a month and for as much time and effort as you’ll put into your cards, that’s not alot of “face time.” I try to send mine by Thanksgiving. So my people get their cards just afterward when they’re beginning to think about Christmas! That’s just one thing I’m able to check off my list!
What are your tips for getting prepared for Christmas cards?