Start Early (But Not Too Early)
Get your cards in the mail as early as you can, but not more than a week before Thanksgiving. The best time for your cards to arrive is in early or mid December. Send them early and you’ll check something big off your to-do list. It also gives the post office enough time to make sure they arrive in time.
Do The Write Thing
It might be tempting, but don’t send e-cards as a substitute for real cards. The best Christmas cards have a personal touch. Clicking send on a computer screen probably won’t bring the same holiday cheer (and could even be seen as impersonal).
Include Your Return Address
Definitely put your return address on your cards. That way, your card will be returned to you if it cannot be delivered. It also it gives the recipient your current address if they haven’t sent you a card yet, but want to. (If you want to keep the front of your envelope neater looking, it’s perfectly acceptable to put the return address on the back of envelope, on the top flap.)
Put Pen To Paper
Use your own handwriting wherever possible, especially on the outside of the envelopes and inside signatures. This will give your cards a personal touch and show that you care enough to take a few minutes and give each card some attention. Need a little help writing neatly? This envelope addressing stencil is the perfect tool.
Don’t Bring Them To The Office
You might want to save on postage, but don’t pass out cards to co-workers at the office. Instead, mail the cards to their homes the traditional way. This is more personal, and avoids conflict in case you aren’t sending cards to everyone you work with. It also avoids awkwardness if the recipient doesn’t have something to give you in return.
Know When To Keep it All Business
If you’re sending cards to business associates, it’s often most appropriate to mail them to their offices –the exception being if you also know them socially. Sign the cards with a note from you personally, but avoid including family photos and holiday letters.