Sending Christmas cards to family and friends is a holiday tradition and the perfect way to spread a little cheer. With a few personal touches, the joy of the season will touch the heart of those you love.

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is writing Christmas cards to our family and friends. We love sending greeting cards year round, whether for holidays, birthdays or just because. However, there’s something so wonderful about sending a little extra love to those close to your heart during this festive season.

Preparing your holidays cards is a simple task but we’d like to share a few important tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep a neat, organized list of recipients for holiday cards. With technology, plugging them into your iPad or other electronic device is an easy way to reference back to them throughout the year. That being said, we still have our trusty address book that we like to pull out when jumping into our Christmas cards.
  • If you plan on ordering custom cards, be sure to do so with plenty of time to receive them. It’s suggested that orders be placed about five weeks prior to the holiday.
  • Whether your write a simple greeting or a heartfelt message, customize the inside of your card however you please. A quick “Happy Holidays” can be enough to put a smile of the face of the recipient.
  • This is the perfect time to include extra-special items like school pictures, artwork from the kiddos or family photos. Depending on what you include, remember that additional postage may be required.
  • When addressing the envelope be sure to include a return address, just in case the recipient may have misplaced it. This is also helpful if in the event you recently moved.
  • Holiday stamps are now available year round and are a delightful little touch.
  • Ideally, all Christmas cards should be mailed no later than December 12th. This gives just the right amount of time for your family and friends to enjoy them and send a last-minute card in return, if necessary. For Hanukkah, it’s suggested that you send cards about 5-6 days before the celebration begins.
  • If you receive a holiday card, be sure to send one in return.

Christmas cards have been sent for hundreds of years. The first known item that looked like a Christmas card was given to King James I of England in 1611. However, the first official one was sent by Sir Henry Cole in 1843. Early cards were a little on the expensive side so they weren’t widely sent until around 1860, which is when larger amounts were produced. Annie Oakley, the American sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, sent the first personalized photo Christmas card in 1891. Of course, with the founding of Hallmark Cards in 1915 by John C. Hall and his brothers, they became a holiday tradition loved all over the world.