If you are like us, you are feeling the crush of the holiday season barreling down on you right about now. Looking at the calendar for the remainder of the year (and the lack of blank spaces on it) brings with it a slight sense of panic. How do we make time for all the things that we WANT to do during the holidays?
One thing many people end up not making enough time for (and thus, don’t enjoy) is sitting down to write and address holiday cards. Each day you mean to do it, but then it just gets passed over for more pressing items on your list.
We’re going to share a secret with you. There is a way to find some extra time for yourself: Thanksgiving weekend. Yes, you read that right. If you think about it, there is a lot of down time during the Thanksgiving celebrations. What about when the pies are in the oven, or when the rest of the family is watching football? Maybe while you are sitting on a plane you can plan to write your cards instead of scrolling through the TV screen? Like anything, you have to plan time for it and make it important enough that you commit to doing it. Writing cards shouldn’t be a chore! What this activity really is about is making quiet time in your life to connect with friends and family. If you think of it as a chore, it will be.
Together, let’s revive the holiday tradition of sending cards out of love, not obligation!
Here’s what you need to do….
1) Plan some time, even just 30 minutes is fine. Mark it on your calendar!
2) Buy your cards in advance. You don’t want to have to shop for these on Black Friday! Don’t be over ambitious with tons of cards. Maybe just pick 10 people you would really like to send a greeting to this year. Check out our Holiday Shoppe for some inspiration!
3) Pick out some nice stamps. You can do this online in advance from the post office or maybe buy a selection of vintage stamps (from somewhere like etsy) to use if you really want to get creative. Stamps are like jewelry for the envelope, so pick something you like!
4) Clear off a table or your desk to write your cards. Make yourself comfortable. You can’t do this properly from the coffee table!
5) Use a nice pen. Nothing is better than that feeling of the ink rolling out smoothly on paper. Your handwriting will improve automatically!
6) Make yourself a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot cocoa to enjoy while you are writing. A toasty beverage will not only put you in the holiday spirit but will make you feel a little bit pampered too.
7) Write something from your heart in the card. All it needs is just a sentence or two, but something more than your name and a generic holiday greeting. Think about the people in your life. Has it been a difficult year for anyone on your list? A thoughtful message will mean the world to them (and to you!)
8) Remember to sign your cards! This is especially true of those of you who have your family’s names preprinted below a photo. Your holiday cards need to have your mark, your DNA on them!
9) When you are done and your cards are addressed and stamped, we highly recommend you put on a coat and take a little walk down to the corner to drop these in a mailbox. It will be the perfect end to the time you’ve set aside for yourself!
Just one more thing. Cherish the cards YOU receive. Make sure to verbally thank people for sending you a card when you speak to them during the holidays. Let them know that YOU appreciate the time and effort it takes to send cards and that you loved receiving it! So many people we talk to think that no one cares about the cards they send anymore. They are wrong!
We hope that you will join us in writing your holiday cards Thanksgiving Weekend!
-Susie & Heidi