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5 tips to sending out Holiday Cards

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Winter Animals Photo by Studio Castillero | Merry and BrightåÊPhoto by Amelia Lyon

The days are getting colder and the nights are getting darker, the holiday season is approaching quickly, which means hot chocolate by the fire, decorating your house, and sending out holiday cards to your family and friends. You may be wondering who should receive these and what there is to say so we are here to guide you with the five questions to keep in mind to when sending out your Holiday cards.

What type of Holiday card should I send? First things first, think about if you would like to include a photo on your holiday card this year? Sending smiles from a newlywed couple, to a family photo or even your family pet is a great way to not only share the holiday love but to let those from afar see how much you‰'ve grown. Next, choose a Holiday design that fits you best! Anywhere from Simple to Whimsical, there is a design that can send holiday cheer in your own unique way. Not sure if your photo will look right with the design? Just ask the experts! Lastly, choose your option of sending as a regular flat card, folded card or as a unique and fun postcard.

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Vivid Print Holiday Card | Retro Greeting Holiday Card

Who should I Send my Holiday card to? Most people choose to send a holiday card to keep in contact with those from afar to let them know they are thinking of them as well as giving a little update of how the family is doing. So, start by making a list, beginning with your immediate family, then close friends and then those you see on the daily basis or keep in touch with. From an old college friend to a co-worker who moved out of state or great aunt Helen who lives on the other side of the world; all would enjoy receiving a holiday greeting from you. It would also be good to include those who usually send you a card during the holidays.

For those who have family or friends who celebrate other holidays such as Hanukah or Kwanza, there are still plenty of design options that will fit your needs. When sending a Christmas card, perhaps writing a little personalized ‰"Happy Hanukah‰" note for the individual will help, or even sending out a separate card for your friends who don‰'t celebrate, Christmas. Anyone would be grateful that they were thought of during the holiday season.

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Cherish Holiday Card Photo by Laura Izumikawa | Twinkling Holiday Card Photo by Laura Izumikawa

How do I update Mailing addresses? Something my mom does every holiday, is to save envelopes we receive in the mail, so that when next year comes around we have all the addresses all in one spot. It‰'s also a great way to keep your address book updated in case a family member or friend moves. Always double check addresses, before mailing out your cards. Sending a quick email can be a great way to gather mailing addresses as well!

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Shimmery Holiday Card Photo by Studio Castillero | Glitter Dots Holiday Card Photo by Studio Castillero

What to write in my Holiday Card? Adding a personal greeting, short note or signature can add warmth to any holiday card. By personalizing each note with the recipients names and asking how their family is can really connect you to whom you‰'re sending out your holiday cards to. Also, be sure to mention how you and your family have been this year as well as any updates. Finally end this with a cheerful greeting to wish them well. Some examples would be:

‰"Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!" ‰"Season greetings from our family to yours.‰" ‰"May your holidays be merry and bright!‰" "Wishing you good times, good cheer and a Happy New Year!‰" ‰"May your home be filled with the joy of family and friends this holiday season!‰" "Tis the season to be jolly!" "Warmest wishes for a Happy Hanukkah." ‰"Wishing you and your family a Happy Hanukkah and a Wonderful New Year!‰" ‰"Hoping you are surrounded by love and warmth this holiday season.‰"

If you‰'re still not sure what to say, check out our Holiday Wording Guide for help.

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Rustic Holiday Card Photo by Studio Castillero | Evergreen Holiday Card Photo by Laura Izumikawa

When should I send my cards out? Remember that with the Holiday season, mail may take a little longer to arrive, due to the hustle and bustle of the busy season. Be sure to get your cards out early to avoid delays in reaching their destination, as times can vary from a few days locally to 2 weeks internationally. We recommend sending your Holiday cards out the week after Thanksgiving or at the beginning of December. USPS recommends mailing out first-class mail no later than Dec. 20 and Parcel post by Dec. 14, Domestic. The holidays can get pretty hectic and you don‰'t want to be scrambling last minute to mail them out.

So don‰'t wait on sending out your holiday cards and get started now! With these simple guidelines, you can relax and enjoy the season with good friends and family. Be sure to shop our new line of Holiday Cards, we have a variety of cards for every style that we are sure you will enjoy and so will your family and friends.

Warm Wishes from the Love vs. Design Team

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