Ecard or Mailed-Out Holiday Greeting – That Is But the Question?

snowmanDecember 4, 2017

The holidays are such busy time of year and there is often a sense of obligation when it comes to who to send cards to–and that can add to the stress of the holidays. If you haven’t sent your cards out already, you know what I mean. You’re busy!

One of the things I love about sending out holiday cards is that when I’m sitting down and handwriting my holiday messages, memories of that person immediately pop into my head! It’s so great to be reminded of all the special people we have in our lives. But as much as I’d love to send a card to everyone I know, it’s just not realistic. Which leads me to the question: Who do you send cards to?

The answer is this: send a card to anyone you want to share a holiday wish with. But time and budgets don’t always allow us the opportunity to send a card to everyone! So, if you want to slim down your list this year, send holiday greetings only to those people you know you won’t be able to see in person over the season.

If you’re unsure whether the recipient celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any religious faith or tradition, it’s best to send a more neutral greeting such as: “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.”

With more and more people being “green” these days, it’s acceptable to split your list and send out ecards to some people on your holiday list. When sending ecards, address each one individually, however, and avoid sending bulk emails which are impersonal.

If your only relationship with someone is a digital one—such as a client or out-of-town co-worker—an email card is a great way to share a holiday greeting. Another example of where an ecard makes good sense is for friends who are serving in the military or living overseas. This ensures that they receive your holiday wishes without unexpected delays that could be caused through the mail.

The biggest drawback to an email card versus a paper card is that it has a very brief lifespan and can’t be propped up on the fireplace mantle! There are so many beautiful cards out there these days!

Some other holiday card etiquette tips to note:

Another quick note: If you’re sending out a holiday newsletter, it’s best to send them only to close friends and family – those who are closest to you that are interested in what you’ve been up to all year!

I’d like to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year! Enjoy the season!

– Margaret

Factoid

Santa’s postal elves will help him answer more than one million letters in more than 30 different languages, including Braille this year.

If you are sending him a letter, his address is:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE H0H 0H0
CANADA

Make sure you mail by December 17, in time for it to go to the North Pole and back.

Canada Post

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