Without proper Christmas card manners, it is possible for your good intentions and holiday greetings to be misunderstood. From the pictures you use, to the words you write, your Christmas cards by Mixbook must reflect your personality and the message you want to pass.
1. Who Should You Remove from Your Christmas Card List?
There are times when it may be okay to remove someone from your Christmas card list. You don’t need to send the cards to everyone you know. Christmas cards are great for people that you may not see during the holidays. You don’t have to send them to your neighbors or friends from church. You can pass your holiday greetings to them in person.
If you have sent someone a few cards over the past years and not received any one in return, it is okay to stop sending them.
2. What Is the Etiquette for Signing Christmas Cards?
There is no standard etiquette to sign your Christmas cards. Go with whatever works for you. You can sign in any order and one family member can sign for the others. However, most people prefer to start with the children’s names and finish with the parents’. If the recipient knows your last name, you don’t need to include it when signing. If you have a blended family where some children may have different last names, it makes sense to write all their full names or leave all of them out.
3. What Should You Do If a Family Member Died Recently?
If a member of the family recently died, you may be unsure of whether to sign their name or include their photo. In such cases, the decision depends on what makes you comfortable. If, however, you choose to sign their name, you may create confusion. The recipients who live far from you may think they heard incorrectly about the death. Including a photo but leaving out the sign could create a balance. It allows you to include your loved one without creating confusion. If you feel too sad to go on with it, it is okay to skip sending out Christmas cards for the year.
4. What Is the Etiquette for Including Personal Letters?
If you wish to include round-robin or personal letters with your Christmas cards, ensure that they are happy and appropriate. They should not be an opportunity for you to brag or tell inappropriate jokes. If you had a bad year, you don’t have to include all the little details.
Keep the letter short and avoid filling it with images. Understand that different people may be interested in different aspects of your life and focus on them. End the letter on a positive note and think about the reader’s interest.
In conclusion, Christmas cards are a great way to show your loved ones that you care for them. However, failure to observe proper etiquette may affect your overall message. Make your Christmas cards something that you would enjoy sending out. If they don’t feel good to you, they may not be good for the recipients either.
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