Tuesday’s Tip Jar: Christmas Card Organization

November 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm 1 comment

I love to send cards, although I do not send as many as I would like. One of the things I love about Christmas time is sending and receiving Christmas cards. It helps me stay in touch with old friends and usually updates me on how they are doing. Normally I send around 50 Christmas cards. 

Here are some of my Christmas card tips:

1. Buy Christmas cards after Christmas when they are 75% or 90% off. There’s nothing like paying a dollar or two for a box of Christmas cards!

2. Store all of your cards together in a large box (still keeping the cards in their individual small boxes they came in).

3. In each of the small card boxes, I have a piece of scrap paper that I write down the names of the people I send them to. (Because of the variety of cards I have, I like to handpick each one, choosing the most appropriate card for the person/people on my list. Oftentimes I do not use all of my cards in one year, so it’s very helpful to me to have the list of people I sent a particular card to; this way I will not send someone the same card year after year.)

4. During the month of December, our church sets up several tables in the lobby and has a box where you can drop off your Christmas cards for other church members/attendees. Volunteers sort out the cards and put them in alphabetized boxes. This helps save money on stamps, since I don’t have to mail any cards to our church friends. (If your church does not do this, suggest it!)

5. Ideally, I like to send Christmas cards at the beginning of December. But if I know I will be seeing a friend in person, I will plan to give them their Christmas card in person, instead of mailing it.

6. Keep a list of all of the people you send Christmas cards to and date it. (This is not the same list that I have in the individual card boxes). I will be making a list of all of the people I want to send cards to this year soon, and I will use my list from last year as a starting point, in deciding who to send cards to this year.

7. Write out a few cards at a time. If you are sending 50 cards, that may take a long time, depending on how much you write in each card. Perhaps you could just do 5 or 10 cards at a time? This way, you will not be overwhelmed and can enjoy taking the time to write to friends and family.

How do you make sending Christmas cards fun and not overwhelming?

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  • 1. Becki@BlogMommas  |  November 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Great tips! I love sending out cards too! Last year we bought our cards for this year after Christmas and got two boxes for 25 cents each!

    Happy Tuesday!

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