Monday, December 7, 2009

Top 5 Holiday Greeting Card Etiquette Tips

'Tis the season to send out holiday cards to your loved ones! With so many different holiday and greeting card products on the market today, don't forget to consider the following five items when getting yours together.

  1. Send out your cards anytime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most people try to get their cards out at minimum the first two weeks in December, but it's also acceptable for your friends, family and business associates to receive their greetings up through New Years Day.
  2. Write your recipients names inside the card and be sure to sign it, even if your name(s) are pre-printed on the card. It's too easy nowadays to get sidetracked and not think this is necessary being it's now so easy to buy personalized greeting and photo cards. Granted it takes more time to do, your recipients will recognize and appreciate it. For your signature be sure to keep it casual for close friends and family. No need to sign it "Mr. and Mrs." (don't do this even for casual acquaintances) or to even sign your last name. Also, it's customary to sign the card beginning with the father's name, then the mother's and children. Or even simpler, you can go with "and family" in place of the children's individual names.
  3. If you have kids, be sure to include a photo. Especially for friends and family who don't get to see your children often, it's fun for them to get these updates during this joyous time of year.
  4. If including a newsletter on the "going's on" of your family over the past year, be sure to only include it in the messages of very close family and friends. For casual acquaintances they may not be as inclined to appreciate it, plus it just creates more work for you.
  5. If sending a greeting card to someone of a different ethnic or religious background, choose a more generic, non-secular holiday greeting card to send them. Any cards with "Happy Holidays", "Season's Greetings" or other well wishes work well. Otherwise another alternative is to send them either a Thanksgiving or New Year's card.

What was the most memorable holiday greeting card you've ever received? I personally love receiving photo cards from my friends with kids. It's so fun to see how they've grown over the past year!

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