Sending Christmas cards is a fun and simple Christmas tradition that can bring a lot of holiday cheer to the ones you love. It’s a tradition that is fading but we can bring it back! Minted also love Christmas cards and so they are helping keep this tradition alive by sponsoring this post.
Sending out Christmas cards seems to be rarer these days but I think most of us still love receiving them. In this digital age getting real mail that isn’t a bill or junk is rare.
I love displaying my Christmas cards each year but each year there are less and less to display. I even skipped sending them one year when I simply had too much to do to get them done.
Now I like to plan ahead for Christmas cards. I try to buy them early and start filling them out ideally early November or even earlier. I try to mail them around Thanksgiving.
Cost is another reason people often give for why they no longer send out Christmas cards. Planning ahead and being organized can also help with this. You can buy cards when there is a sale or coupon and it’s often easier on your budget to spread out Christmas costs.
Keeping Christmas Cards Stress-Free
These tips will help you stay organized, save money, and actually send out Christmas cards this year. It’s such a simple way to spread a bit of holiday cheer.
I plan for my Christmas cards using my Christmas planner. I have a page in my planning that includes a to-do list for tasks required to send out Christmas cards, a place to collect addresses, and a place for me to put the dates I want to buy my cards by and when I need to send them.
This helps me stay organized and everything is in one place. The to-do list helps me remember things like buying stamps and to ask people for new addresses.
Take Your Photos Early
If you like to send photo cards or include a photo in your card, don’t forget to take the photo early. Having this done well before you need to buy cards is especially helpful if you are using photo cards. It takes time to get them plus this will let you watch for sales.
If you are just including a photo in your card then you can watch for a sale for an online photo printer so you can get the best deal.
Give Yourself Deadlines
If you are ordering cards be sure you know how long it takes to get them. You don’t want to cut yourself short on time to get them ready to mail.
If you want your cards to arrive before Christmas you also need to know when you need to send them. I like to send mine right after Thanksgiving so people that like to display cards have plenty of time to enjoy them.
Keep Track of Cards You Receive
Another thing I like to keep track of in my Christmas planner is what cards I receive. This helps me make sure the next year I remember to send this person a card.
Also, if you need to cut your Christmas card list you know who has been sending you cards so you don’t cut them from the list.
Ordering Your Cards
I used to handmake all of my own cards. I loved sending out a very unique card. After a year where I simply couldn’t get them all done in time and didn’t send any out, I stopped doing this.
It was very time consuming and it caused me a lot of stress. It wasn’t worth it. Since many people don’t send cards at all anymore I know that simply sending a card is special enough.
You can still get very unique cards without making your own. Minted is a wonderful online shop where you can customize both photo and non-photo cards. The photos of Christmas cards in this post are all from Minted.
I love that they have a huge selection of non-photo Christmas cards because I prefer to send those. Getting a photo is more time and stress and just doesn’t make my list of things that are worth the time and effort.
They also offer Christmas cards all year so you can order them far in advance and take your time getting them ready. I’m planning to order mine soon.
I also love that Minted offers recycled paper for their cards. Another reason many have stopped sending cards is the environmental impact but choosing recycled paper and recycling the ones you get can help cut down on this impact.
Don’t forget to check out their free samples so you can make sure your card looks perfect before you order a lot of them.
Doing these tasks will make sending our Christmas cards a fun experience again. It’s a great tradition that I’d hate to see die. It’s a very simple way to brighten someone’s day.
Want to stay organized this Christmas? Be sure to check out my Christmas planner. It’s the perfect way to stay on top of all of the tasks required around the holidays.