Last night I sat down on the couch with Mr. Mate and made up a list of all the people to whom we want to send Christmas cards this year. I think we’ve got around 50 friends and family on the list. I’ll send out another 50 to Orange Twist clients, retailers, and suppliers.
I know that writing a lot of holiday cards can seem daunting, but it’s a great way to reconnect with people and show them that they are in your thoughts. I always write holiday wishes but also write a little about what we’ve been up to and personalize each message for each recipient. Inevitably I try to include some detail, inside joke, or even that would be interesting or specific to each person. It’s not that I think that receiving cards that only say “Dear Friend, Happy Holidays! Love, Claire and Mr. Mate” aren’t worthwhile, I just think that if you’re like many people, the holidays and birthdays are the only times you write a card and hell, you should make it count!
Holiday card writing usually stretches out over 10 or so days for me and Mr. Mate and it can be hard to keep track of the cards you’ve mailed. It can be especially tricky if you send multiple card designs each year and don’t want to duplicate from year to year.
This year I’m organizing. I’ve put (ok, ok, I’m GOING to put) everyone on our list into an Excel sheet with the following headings: Name, design sent, mailed (to be indicated by an “x” or the date if you’re really detailed when mailed). This is the minimalist’s list.
I imagine if you were extremely organized you could also include addresses, who wrote the card (we usually divide it up by family with me writing card to my side and Mr. Mate writing to his side. Friends are also divided this way with the person who was first friends with the recipient writing the card), and any additional contents that may have been sent with the card (perhaps photos or even an actual gift!).
|My address book|
Mr. Mate and I do like statistics so I may just add in some of these categories–but probably not the addresses because there’s something comforting about flipping through my address book each year, finding out half of them are out of date, and then searching through our emails for the updated information while stumbling upon old email tidbits we’d forgotten.
|These will be fun to pair with Orange Twist cards!|
I tend to write 10 cards at a time and then since we live so close to the post office, send them off the next day. I bought two booklets of “Holiday Baubles” yesterday, but obviously will need more.
Here’s a handy checklist for your holiday card writing:
Make a list of friends and family that will receive cards and double check that you have their current addresses
If you wrote it out by hand, stick your list in the computer
Tally up the total number of cards you’ll need
Buy or make your cards (Check out our super duper selection on Etsy)
Buy your stamps (post offices are usually less busy midweek and after the first few or last few days of the month. You can also order them online from USPS for a $1 handling fee, but it tends to take 7 or more days for you to get your order.)
Find a pen you like writing with
Put some music on that makes you happy and…
Keep track of your progress on your spreadsheet
Mail those suckers
Drink some hot cocoa with marshmallows and pat yourself on the back!