Holiday Cards 101

by Jane Worthington - Date: 2008-12-01 - Word Count: 441 Share This!

No matter what religion you practice, everyone has something to celebrate during the holiday season. Whether your family participates in Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it is a time for families to get to together and enjoy one another's company. If cold, snowy weather did not have these wonderfully festive celebrations to look forward to, most people would be miserable in the winter! One tradition of the holidays is to get back in touch with old friends and send a short update on what is new in your life. By the end of the season, it is great fun to look at all the holiday cards you received that you have out on display on your buffet table. If you are someone who is unfamiliar with putting together a holiday card and have decided to take it upon yourself to do so this year, then here are some tips to get you started!

1) Chose a theme. Most family chose a simple winter or holiday theme which works well but others try to get creative and mix it up from year to year. Try a sports theme, musical theme, or pick a prop, like a 1965 Mustang, around which to center the picture. People will look forward to your card every year if you decide to do some different from everyone else!

2) The key to a great holiday card is a picture. Not just any picture, it needs to be a picture of the family or at least the kids. Many parents use holiday card picture time as the yearly family portrait and therefore hire a professional photographer to take the shots. If a professional photographer is out of budget, no problem. Simply have a friend take a picture of you out in a beautiful outdoor setting or in your home. Pick out the best photograph and print off several copies.

3) Pick out a festive card that matches the theme. The card simply needs to be able to feature your picture and hold your message. If you want to type out a short message, you should because everyone appreciates an update.

Address those beautiful cards and send them off! One common mistake people run into, however, is not starting the holiday card process soon enough. I recommend gathering all the materials (cards, pictures, and stamps) by the end of October. I know that sounds early, but it will take a least a month to put everything together. If you send them off the first week of December, you are well ahead of the curve! Everyone will love seeing your lovely cards out on their buffet tables and you will receive many compliments!

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