Christmas greeting ideas
Christmas is the one time of year when we reach out to far flung friends and family members and try to squeeze in a 'hello, how are you' before the new year rolls around.
It's the time of year to gather your addresses, organise yourself early and make a commitment to get those Christmas cards out before Santa comes tumbling down the chimney.
If you've already got a well-organised, collated database of addresses, you've pretty much done the first part of the job. If you don't have any uniform system of address keeping, now is a great time to start. It'll save you the headache of address gathering next year, and it's useful for other things as well, such as birthdays or family events.
Set aside an hour or so this week and collate your addresses (and emails) into one system. A few places to start gathering information are:
- Email databases and address books
- Old-fashioned address books
Your mailing system doesn't need to be complicated - you can just record them in Excel and print it out. When you take care of your address list now, that's one less thing to do when the holiday season is in full swing. You'll really appreciate it.
Explore Christmas greeting options
Nothing says Christmas quite like having a snow-covered, glittering card arrive in the mail while it's swelteringly hot outside.
There's something sentimental and nostalgic about sticking with the traditional, find-a-card-in-your-mailbox pleasure during the holiday season. But the cost can really add up, and there are simpler ways to send Christmas greetings, without relying on snail mail, such as:
- E-cards from free services like Care 2.
- A newsletter service, like MailChimp which allows you to design your own template to send seasons greetings. The tried-and-true paper newsletter is a favourite, and you can fill in your family and friends about your entire year. But the costs can add up with the printing and the paper. MailChimp make it very easy to create a custom layout and you can insert your own family photos.
- Create photo cards or calendars that can be emailed for a small cost from services like Shutterfly .
- Create personalized family Christmas cards with companies like Inkblot .
- Print and create your own Christmas cards with free templates from Squidoo .
- Save the money you would normally use to mail Christmas cards, and support a charity. Then send an email greeting, updating your loved ones and telling them about your donation on their behalf.
- If you prefer the traditional Christmas card, why not make your own for a personal touch.