Because it feels good—for you and people who receive them.
Putting a little thought into creating a tangible thing that lets someone know you love them is good for your relationship. It’s also an amazing grounding exercise: It takes reflection and intentional gratitude to make something meaningful for our favourite people and that reminds us how lucky we are to have them in the first place.
And what could help you feel more Christmassy than celebrating love by putting more love out in the world? Get out your favourite pen, put on your favourite carol renditions, grab a festive beverage and get into the spirit.
Pro tip: Set your own deadlines
If making to-do lists and setting deadlines helps you stay on track, then we got you. We get that it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday season and let your card-sending goals get away from you.
Add “due by” dates to this official checklist or block time on your calendar for the following:
- Think about how many cards you plan to send or what your budget might be.
- Make your holiday card list.
- Figure out different kinds of cards you might need.
Friends, family, business connections, people to thank, other cultures and religions, etc.
- Decide whether you want to include a baby pic or family photo or newsletter.
- Round up addresses. (While you’re at it, ask for their birthdays.)
- Block time on your calendar for shopping, signing and sending.
- Visit Hallmark.ca, your Hallmark Gold Crown store or any Hallmark retailer. Find boxed cards that express your Christmas wishes perfectly and shop individual cards that say just what people need to hear.
- Order prints of your photos and newsletters.
- Print or order return address labels— or get a custom self-inking stamp
- Visit your post office or Canada Post for festive, seasonal stamps.
DO THE FUN PART
- Plan a card-signing party to make writing and decorating even more fun.
- Get inspiration for writing holiday wishes and decorating envelopes.
- Write personal notes and sign cards. Tuck in photos and newsletters.
- Address, stamp and decorate envelopes.
SEND THEM OFF
- Drop your stack of cards in the mailbox or post office.
- Hand-deliver cards to co-workers and neighbours.