Christmas Cards

14 Days to Christmas! Update The Address Book

Christmas cards and holiday letters are spilling from the mailbox these days, so take note! Their arrival means it's time to update the address book.

Check cards and envelopes for address changes; update address books or contacts apps for those who have moved or changed telephone numbers.

Too busy? No problem! Toss envelopes into a file folder; when life slows down in January, it'll be easy to check return addresses against address book entries and update as needed.

23 Days to Christmas! Christmas Card Round Robin

Christmas card chores can feel overwhelming if done in a big gulp by a single hand. Spread the joy with a Christmas card round robin!

Draft all family members for the job, and divide cards among them. Each member starts with a different section of the list, writing a brief greeting. When finished, hand the card along the table to the next person, who adds his or her own greeting.

Christmas music and special snacks make the effort special, and sharing makes it fun. Season's greetings!

49 Days to Christmas! Time For Christmas Card Tips

Smart tips can make it easier to address, write and send Christmas cards. Try these ideas to keep the cheerful in the chore:

Christmas Card Tip: Many Hands!

Involve the whole family when signing and addressing Christmas cards. Divide cards between spouses and older children, or do a quick round robin, with each family member adding a short line to each card. Many hands make light work--and ease the writers' cramp!!

Christmas Card Tip: Break It Down!

Break card chores down into do-able segments. Penning three or four greetings every day or so yields a livelier correspondence-and is a lot easier on the pensmanship than signing a hundred cards in a single frenzied sitting.

Christmas Card Tip: Harness Computer Power

With computer use on the rise, few subjects stir as much Christmas controversy as using technology to simplify seasonal greetings. Should we use a computer to address the cards? Write a Christmas letter on inkjet letterhead? What about pre-printed signatures? Is it okay to use e-mail to send holiday greetings? Get some answers here:

Simplify Season's Greetings: Using Computers To Send Christmas Cards

51 Days to Christmas! Start a Christmas Card List

To send season's greetings--and not lose track of family, friends or your sanity--it's time to begin a Christmas card list. Whether you'll send Christmas cards, holiday letters, or transmit season's greetings by e-mail, starting early saves last-minute holiday stress.

Whether you print a Christmas card list or generate your list via computer power, start checking your list now. Tracking cards sent and received will bring a breath of blessed calm during the height of the holiday season.

Print a Christmas Card List

54 Days to Christmas! Begin Drafting Holiday Letters

It's November--and holiday cards and letters will be flying soon. Will your family send Christmas letters this year?

If so, it's time to begin drafting your holiday masterpiece. Set aside a few minutes to make notes for the year's Christmas letter. Beginning early makes it easier to keep your letter clever, light and entertaining--and allows you to consult with other family members about the year's high points.

Want your holiday letters to stand out from the seasonal crowd? Try these tips for sparkling holiday letters:

Seven Tips for Sparkling Christmas Letters

57 Days to Christmas! Set Up a Wrap and Mail Center

Repeat after me: "This year, I won't be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve!"

If there's a single most-underestimated holiday chore, it's gift wrapping. Supplies lie scattered throughout the house, while space and privacy are hard to come by. Translation: late-night Christmas Eve wrapping sessions.

Not this year! We're going to lick the wrapping problem at the outset, by setting up a wrap and mail activity center. With workspace, tools and supplies at hand, it’s easy to wrap as you go—and enjoy the task, without grump, grumble or hurry.

Set Up A Holiday Wrap And Mail Center!

Add this gift wrap and mail checklist to your Christmas planner:

Gift Wrap and Mail Checklist

66 Days to Christmas! Buy Holiday Stamps

Holiday stamps will be available soon from the United States Postal Service. Buy stamps early, and you'll have your choice of seasonal designs.

Better still, buy stamps online from USPS.com. Holiday stamps are now available for pre-order! For a $1.00 service fee, stamps will be delivered to your mailbox. Standing in line at the Post Office is one holiday tradition that deserves to fall by the wayside.

While you're at the USPS.com site, consider ordering free mailing supplies. Flat rate envelopes and boxes can be delivered to your door, and they're ideal for shipping Christmas baked goods and small gifts. Oh, and did we mention that they're free?

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