The holiday season is upon us and it is time to think about preparing and sending out holiday cards. Most families have their own customs as to sending out holiday cards. It seems like a simple task but there are some particular rules to follow when mailing holiday cards. Here are some etiquette tips for sending holiday cards.
Decide on what cards will be sent to which families. Some people like to send generic cards like “Happy Holidays” to everyone on their list. Others like to customize their cards with a note added on the inside of the card. Be sure that you only send cards to people who celebrate Christmas.
In order for cards to be received by mid-December mail them shortly after Thanksgiving. Remember that the post office is busy this time of year and you do not want the cards delivered after Christmas.
Include your return address making it easy for the recipient to know who has sent the card. This insures they have your correct address for mailing out their cards.
Do not send out e-cards instead of traditional holiday cards. Cards should be an act of kindness with a personal touch like a note. Holiday cards are sent as an act of appreciation and friendliness. The idea is to send a gift of blessings and cheer in this joyous time of year.
Business colleague cards should be sent to their office unless you socialize with them. Keep the cards professional with a signed note. It is considered unacceptable to send holiday cards to the homes of business colleagues.
Holiday cards should be sent to the homes of your co-workers which add a personal touch. Holiday cards are a tradition that demands the recipient receive your greetings and good cheer at their door. Take the time to mail these cards.
These are a few etiquette tips for sending your holiday cards this year. Decide who you will be mailing cards to this year, make a list and remember to mail early so they will be received by mid-December.