Oh, the Christmas Cards. Is it really that time again? Do I have my Christmas Cards done yet? No way, but at least I am thinking about them and adding them to my to-do list. I did however get one card out today. Not a Christmas card but a thank you card. A family friend had given our family a desktop computer, they rebuilt just for us, to use for our homeschool. It was so sweet of them to think of us, but getting out a thank you card quickly is just not something I am great at. I wanted it to be personal, sweet and thankful all at the same time. Maybe I was overthinking it, but with Christmas Card season starting, it dawned on me that just maybe a photo card would be the way to go. I don’t know why I didn’t think of giving a photo thank you card sooner. The e-card came out so sweet and I’m sure they will appreciate it. Sometimes the simple is the easy and best way to go.
In this day and age of more things going digital, it is so nice to get actual mail that isn’t junk. Sending out those Christmas cards however, is much less appealing. I love the idea of finally dropping them in the post office bin, but getting them ready to mail is just so overwhelming. So now that Christmas card season is here, how do I go from being overwhelmed with getting one card out to getting out a hundred? One piece at a time and some planning. Honestly, I still feel overwhelmed even up to the very second I place the cards in that big, blue, post office bin. That doesn’t stop me though. I know that family and friends love to hear from us, just as much as we love to hear from them.
Have I gotten Christmas Cards out every year? No, but I try really hard to. Some years we have taped our Christmas Cards to families presents because we didn’t get them done in time to mail. I remember one year that we ended up mailing them out as Happy New Year cards. The point is that we are making an effort to show how much we care for our family and friends. Since then, I have learned a few tricks that help me swim through this chaos of cards.
ADHD tends to overwhelm me with big tasks. So anything quick, easy and personal is the way we roll. For us, that means photo cards. There are many, many sites that will make photo cards, but for us we go to our local bulk warehouse store. I place my order for the cards on their website and pick them up when I do my regular Christmas shopping. This way, even if I am running behind, I don’t have to worry about them not getting mailed to me in time to turn them around and mail to family and friends.
You have the cards, now how do we keep all those addresses straight? I keep all our contacts in my personal email address book. From here I make a group list of all the people I want to send Christmas cards to and then just print out that group of people. As I address the cards, I just cross off each name as I get to them. When the list is done, I know I have not forgotten anyone. As an added tip, please take the extra time and hand write all their mailing addresses. It means so much more when you get mail that has been hand written. As for the return addresses, I print out cute labels on sticky label sheets. This saves me tons of time, and my wrist from all the extra writing of our return address.
I pre-buy all our postage when I am in town. I get lots of cute Christmassy stamps to brighten up the cards I am sending. Plus, this way when the cards are addressed, they are all ready to be dropped in the post office bin. No extra trip to the post office needed.
Checking it off the List
Getting it all done before Christmas day is a huge challenge.
- Start Early in the month. I like to start the first week in December.
- Add Christmas Cards to your to-do list in little chunks. Make separate tasks for: uploading your photo to where you plan on buying your cards, pick up cards, print out address list, address cards, mail cards. This way you can check off each task and show yourself that you are progressing. It feels so good to cross things off that list.
- Set a small daily goal and add it to your to-do list. Once I have the cards at home I set a goal of addressing and mailing 10 cards a day. Depending on how many cards you are sending out this number could change, but for our family, 10 works and is manageable.
Displaying Those Treasured Cards
Ok, so this really has nothing to do with getting out your Christmas Cards. But hey, if you send them, some will come. When they do come, what are you going to do with them? Our family loves to display our collection of cards. There are so many ways to do this, but placing them in a good location for your household is key. A place where everyone walks by is probably your best bet. Here are just a sampling of some great ideas.
- The good old Fridge.
- An old picture frame, gutted and ribbon attached to the back of it in rows. Cards hang from the ribbon.
- A door frame.
- Kitchen cabinet doors.
- String hung and clothes-pins to hold the cards to the line
So there you are, how we are able to get those much-loved Christmas cards out of my thoughts and into the hands of family and friends, plus a few tips on displaying your treasured cards. Do you have any tips for getting Christmas Cards out or displaying them? I would love to hear from you, so comment below.