This is part of a 3-blog series that focuses on organizing and getting out your Christmas cards or holiday cards as well as alternatives. Check out the two blogs this week and next.

Christmas Cards

If you are going to send out holiday cards, now is the time to start planning. Breaking it down into manageable tasks ensure that you will be able to get out your cards and not add to holiday stress!


The first thing you are going to want to do is create your list. I recommend doing on the computer, or in an app or in an excel spreadsheet like I do. It is easy to update every year. If someone sends you a change of address in summer, you can quickly update your card list. Make life easy and make a rule that this document will always have the most up to date addresses.


Establish a deadline for when you want to get cards out. I like to send right after Thanksgiving. The holidays are crazy enough as it is, so I personally like my December cleared. By getting them out early, there is a good chance people will actually receive them before the holiday passes!


Write down all the steps you need to do. You can keep it in an app, computer, or in a notebook. You could also use a calendar and fill out a step for every few days.

Holiday Cards

Begin with your list. When making your list, or if you already have one, think about trimming your list. I always send older people cards as they are more likely to appreciate. I also know friends that really enjoy receiving cards so I make sure they are on the list. Long-standing friends receive cards as well, but I do cull every year. People that I am really not in touch with or not spending time with or no longer on the list. Spend the time now going through and trimming your list. Determine the number of cards you will need.


If you are going for a simple card you can purchase boxes now or order on line. If you are doing to DIY photo card, or have photos you would like to include with your card, choose photos and get prints. Get preprinted card if you don’t want to sign.


Doing a newsletter? Start a draft and get the whole family involved. They might have news you didn’t know they wanted to share. The more the merrier, and the less work for one person!

Card Tips

If you have more than a standard card, adding photos or newsletter, take one to the post office and make sure that a letter stamp will work. If not, make sure you know the correct postage. Get all the postage you will need. If you don’t need to weigh a card you can order stamps online or get at Costco.


If you haven’t already, update your address book or label list. Once updated, print labels for card recipients. Next, print, or gather, return address labels. Don’t throw out the return labels you receive during the year. They will come in handy for the holidays. You also have the option of buying envelopes with pre printed return address or you can get an address stamp. When we are in our forever furever home, I plan on doing this.


What tips will you try from today’s blog? How do you keep your holiday cards organized?

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