To be honest, I haven’t sent Christmas Cards every year, however this year it is on my to do list. Christmas cards are great for keeping in contact with friends and family you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while. It reminds them they are on your mind and thinking of them while spreading the spirit of Christmas.
- Print the Christmas Card List found in The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner.
- Start writing names of people you want to send cards to on the list.
- Organise family photo.
- Print required number of family photo’s.
- Purchase christmas cards.
- Purchase christmas stamps.
Print Christmas Card List
The Christams Card printable list can be found in The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner.
This list will help you keep track of who you have to write cards to and who’s cards you want to add family photo’s to. At the bottom is a reminder of tasks that need to be done to complete this project.
I typically write the same sentiment in each card. However if it is written down to refer to next year I know not to write the same sentiment, to change it up abit.
The received column is for you to refer to next year. When it is time to pack away the cards after Christmas update the list with who sent you a card. You may find that somebody sent you a card that wasn’t on your list, this will allow you to not forget them next year, I will talk about this in more detail in a later post.
Suggestions who to send Christmas cards to:
- Work colleagues
- Business contacts
Prior to children I never sent photo’s with my Christmas cards, however since having kids I have always sent a photo of each of the children in the cards or gifts for great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, our brothers/sisters etc. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and family just adore seeing pictures of the kids.
Family photo’s don’t need to be professional shots, however if you have them all the better. I usually take photo’s of my kids using my camera at home with a black backdrop or amongst the plants in the garden. You could also arrange for all the family/kids to be dressed in the same colour for an effective shot, red is a great splash of colour for a christmas photo.
Arrange to get the photo’s printed prior to starting writing the Christmas cards.
Christmas Cards and postage stamps
There are so many cute Christmas cards in all different shapes and sizes. Remember to think about postage when choosing which cards you will buy. Thankfully during the Christmas season, Australia Post reduces the price of greeting card stamps to $0.55 if endorsed with CARD ONLY on the envelope. (prices have now increased, please check the Australia Post website for accurate postage costs). However, this price is for standard envelopes only:
- no larger than 130mm x 240mm
- no thicker than 5mm
- maximum weight 250g.
If you are purchasing cards that are larger than this size
- rectangular in shape
- no larger than 260mm x 360mm
- no thicker than 20mm
- does not weigh more than 125g.
postage will cost you $1.10 again when endorsed with CARD ONLY on the envelope. (prices have now increased, please check the Australia Post website for accurate postage costs).
When sending cards to business contacts, clients and friends you don’t know very well, send ‘Season’s Greetings’ cards so you don’t offend if they have a different religion.
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Now that you have purchased all your Christmas card supplies, it’s time to start writing out the cards. Take your time, perhaps start with a handful each day until you are finished.
- Christmas Cards
- Christmas card list
- Return address labels
- Address Book
- It’s hard to decide what to write in cards. While it maybe tempting to just write ‘Merry Christmas’, take the time to to write a personal message (see below)
- For cards to friends and family keep it personal there is no need to sign your last name.
- Remember you are not writing a letter, it’s more like a note.
- Include a photo of the family, newest baby, pet, latest holiday or your house in the card for close family. I’m sure they will appreciate something extra.
- Don’t forget to put your return details on the back. This is handy if mail has be to returned, and so the recipient has your address if they need.
- Whilst it maybe easier to type out addresses and print on a label, I love the old fashioned handwritten envelopes. Christmas is a rustic tradition, no need to put a modern spin on it!!
- Decorate the envelope using 1 christmas sticker or place a sticker on the back to seal the envelope.
- Don’t add the glittery sprinkles to your envelopes, while you may think they are cute, I ensure your friends maynot after they have sprinkled over the floor creating a mess.
- Remember to write ‘card only’ on the envelope to receive your postage holiday discount
- I like to post my Christmas cards towards the end of the first week in December.
Here are some possible messages you could use in your cards. Remember you can replace ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘you’ with ‘you and your family’.
May the Christmas season
fill your home with joy,
your heart with love
and your life with laughter.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes
for a Happy New Year
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note
and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With much love at Christmas time, and always.
May love be in your life, May hope be in your heart, May peace be in our world.
May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill,
And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.
Have a Merry Christmas.
A wish for peace and happiness
at Christmas and throughout the New Year.
May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with warmth and love.
May the peace and blessings
of Christmas be yours;
And may the coming year
be filled with happiness.
The gift of love.
The gift of peace.
The gift of happiness.
May all these be yours at Christmas.