It's that time of the year again. Get out the list, check it twice, and start filling out those Christmas greeting cards! If you like sending cards, now’s the time to start planning. Composing your send list being first priority. Make note of who likes receiving cards, and more importantly, who doesn’t. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, and not everyone likes receiving Christmas cards. Make sure you’ve got that sorted.
Family and friends first! Family is the social media of the pre-internet, meaning: word gets around. Make sure you get this list right or you’re going to hear about it. That aside, family receiving cards, even if it is from a family member you rarely speak to, can create a warm feeling. Christmas is supposed to be about family, so get those family Christmas cards out!
Friends are the family you choose. Remember those special in your life who are not blood. Decades-old, or just met, very often these are the people who make life worth living, do not forget to let them know that. The ideal cards share memories and build on what you have in common.
In this modern age, neighborliness isn’t what it used to be, but a common card for those next door can be a great icebreaker if you haven’t met or help strengthen neighborhood bonds for those you already know. Try for more generic Christmas cards or even holiday cards until you know what they celebrate.
People don’t often think of workers as people they’re close to, but you spend 40 or more hours a week in often stressful environments sharing many experiences. That builds a bond whether you want it or not. Remember to send cards to those who celebrate, wishing greater prosperity in the New Year, something all co-workers can appreciate. And don’t forget to let your boss know you’re wishing them well too.
It’s easy to forget the other folk that have an impact on your life. Business associates, vendors, suppliers, clients, regular customers. These are all people worth considering sending a message of joy to. Your doctor, dentist; do you have a family lawyer? Share in the holiday with them. One person many forget is the neighborhood trash collector. Let them know you appreciate their work.
Family and close friends can really enjoy custom Christmas cards, be they family photo cards or simply cards with your name on them. And business is where custom cards really shine. The effort to specifically tailor a card from you to the recipient can make a great impression.
The holidays are a time of sharing. Share memories, feeling, care and consideration for a wonderful holiday experience.