With all the diversity and busy schedules surrounding the holidays, it can be challenging to know if and when to send cards. Christmas is one of the most vastly observed holidays, so you’ll need these Christmas card etiquette tips to ensure you don’t offend or forget anyone.
1. Consider all the people around you.
The first rule of holiday giving is to consider everyone around you. First, think about who you’ll include in your card-sending activities. Include extended family members, neighbors, etc., if you know they celebrate the holidays. It’s also the perfect time to let your business customers know you care about them.
You must stay sensitive to other people’s beliefs and practices, however. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Some people celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays that fall around the same time, while others do not observe anything. Be careful not to send holiday greetings to people who do not celebrate Christmas, even if you mean well. Doing so could be considered disrespectful and affect your relationship with the person.
2. Personalize accordingly.
Think about how you want to personalize your cards. For example, there may be certain recipients you want to write your own words for. You’ll then need to order blank cards for your personalized message. You can customize the card or cards with inserted pictures and other designs. Thus, you may consider adding a special memory to one of your holiday greetings to remind someone of a happy moment from a previous year.
Consider personalizing your business’s holiday greetings as well. Your customers will most likely enjoy seeing their names on their cards, for example. Contact a few reputable card creation companies and ask about their production process so you’ll know when to start printing your Christmas cards.
3. Choose your delivery methods.
Next, you’ll need to consider how you want to deliver your cards. US mail is one option; you can select standard mail, priority mail, and a few other options. You can also opt to use other couriers such as FedEx and UPS. Keep in mind that all providers have delays over the holidays. Therefore, you should give yourself extra time to ensure the recipients will receive their items at the right moment.
Online deliveries and e-cards are excellent alternative choices when you want to get cards to their recipients using the speediest method.
4. Time your delivery appropriately.
For standard mail choices, you’ll need to give yourself at least two to three weeks, maybe even a month. It’s always better to get a card to someone too early rather than too late. If you’re doing online delivery, you can wait much longer. It might even be acceptable to send the cards a few days before the big holiday hits. Send them no earlier than a week before the day, and you’ll get them there on time.
Now you know if, when, and how to send a Christmas card. Proceed with caution, and you’ll surely make the right choices.
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