Holiday Card Etiquette – Signing and Mailing Your Holiday Cards

Here are a few more tips to help you continue with proper holiday card etiquette, this article concentrating more on how to sign your holiday cards and when you should mail your cards.

Your Signature

We have a few people every year who call in and ask if it’s possible to get their signature preprinted on the inside of the card. This is poor form. Our holiday cards are printed with a verse, but as far as your signature that should always be hand written. Signing the card and adding your own little note is what makes the card personal to each recipient. The hand written name or note shows them that you took the time and effort to sign each card. Keep in mind if you do choose to write a personal note in each, it does not have to be a long note. Keep it simple, the card already has a holiday greeting. If you have a long holiday card list the thought of signing them all can be a little overwhelming. The best way to tackle the long list is to spread it out.  Do this by starting to write your cards early, maybe in late October or early November. Don’t wait until December to start.
 
There are a few things to remember when signing the card. If your card is from more than one person, whoever actually signs the card should write his or her name at the end of the list. So if Josh is writing the cards he would put:
Happy Holidays!
Krista, Sarah and Josh 
 
When signing for multiple family members, typically you start with the father’s name, followed by the mother’s, and then followed by the children, from oldest to youngest. For example:
Love,
Brian, Jessica, Jameson & Jaxson
 
The other way to sign for a family is to just put:
Love,
Brian, Jessica and family
 

Mailing Your Holiday Cards

You should mail your holiday cards immediately after addressing the last envelope. Well, unless you’ve got them completed really early. We advise people to order their cards before the end of September. Get them signed, addressed and sealed as early as possible. Be sure to mail all your holiday cards at once. The last thing you want to do in the holiday season is to start family drama because Aunt Cindy got her card from you, but Uncle Jeff didn’t. We recommend mailing your cards sometime between Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas. This way your friends and family will have them before the holiday and there’s less chance of them getting lost in route with the other thousands of holiday cards.
 
Sometimes holiday cards require extra postage because of an odd size or heavier weight. It’s always a good idea to have one of your cards weighed at the post office so you know you’ve included proper postage. Your recipients might not be too happy if they have to pay Postage Due on the holiday card you sent. It’s also a good idea to mail your holiday cards first class. Anything lower than first class and your cards will not be forwarded or returned to you if the address is wrong.

If you missed the artricle on maintaining you holiday card list and choosing the proper card, please check it out.
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