It’s that time again.
“Only 18 days left till Christmas.”
Let’s prioritize our card lists… If you’ve thought about sending cards and you are feeling rushed for time at this date, focus on the family and friends who live at a distance, are elderly, or infirm. Those are the folks who would really appreciate receiving a “real card” in the holiday mail.
Next, choose your cards carefully…Remember the holidays season means different things to different people. The end of the year holds festivities for many cultures. So keep in mind not everyone shares the same religious views. You might look for a card with a broad generous greeting, such as “Peace on Earth- for Everyone, Everywhere,” or simply: “Season’s Greetings.”
Then, with pen in hand, write a few words. Personalize the message. I always feel shortchanged when there’s no writing inside. The rule of thumb is “write 3 lines.” Please. Say how things are going, or send wishes for a brighter New Year, or bring up a good memory. Send some good cheer.
Lastly, mail your cards and packages early. If they are going overseas, send them out this week. For domestic mail, the USPS recommends mailing your cards no latter than December 19th.
Lastly, remember your card is a gift. A gift of time and individual attention. And since “real mail” is so rare these days, your card may very well become a keepsake.