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It is also the time of year I freak out about the fact I have no time to sit and write out any in reply! Then I was introduced to the online personalised card company Yellow Postie (www.yellowpostie.com.au ) who’s main aim is to save you time by helping you produce unique cards for the holiday season – and all from the comfort of your own home!
Imagine my surprise (and shame!) when I was told about the correct etiquette when it comes to Christmas Cards as well. Jo Sandford, is the resident expert at Yellow Postie. and happily shares her best hints and tips below.
Christmas card sending etiquette
Sending Christmas cards should be easy, but so many of us get it wrong year after year, and in some cases, this can cause serious rifts with friends and family. It’s always worth getting organised, and thinking carefully about card sending etiquette. Here are Yellow Postie’s top tips when it comes to sending Christmas cards.
1) Get organised and don’t be late. This should be a no brainer, but each year we see so many people missing Christmas last post, and sending their cards late. This not only looks lazy, but can also make the recipient feel that you only sent them a card because they sent you one. So get organised. Work out your card sending list in November – our service allows you to build one in advance which can save you time – and check when last postage is for Christmas. Aim to be at least a couple of weeks ahead of that and make sure you include a return address.
2) Don’t send cards to everyone. You don’t need to send a Christmas card to everyone who’s friends with you on Facebook, as that can make people feel awkward. But by a similar token, make sure you’re consistent – if you plan to send cards to work colleagues, for example, then whatever you do don’t exclude anyone in your department or office, and the same goes for relatives or friendship groups.
3) Split into personal and professional. When it comes to card design and the verse you write, consider how well you know that person. Do you want to send the same thing to your boss as you do to your partner? Probably not, so think carefully about your choice of language and card. However, including a personal message is always a nice way to make people feel appreciated, whether it’s a reference to their family, or even a shared experience in the office.
4) If someone sends you a card and you’ve not got them one…this is a difficult one. If there’s still time to send them one back before Christmas, then I’d recommend you do so, unless there’s a specific reason you’ve not got them one in the first place. If there’s no time, then either make a joke about it next time you see them, or if you wonder why they sent you one at all, then keep your head down!
5) Check your spelling! You’d be amazed at how many people make spelling mistakes in their cards, especially when it comes to names and addresses. While you think this might not matter, spelling someone’s name wrong really is unforgivable – think how you’d feel! It also looks sloppy and makes it appear that you don’t care.
There’s enough stresses at Christmas, so make sure sending cards isn’t one of them!
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