It’s that time of year again. Time to spend hours thinking of witty and memorable little quips to write in your most beautiful script, scrounging for addresses and postal codes (Zip codes for my American readers…) and scraping your dried-out tongue along yet another glue-flavoured envelope.
It’s tempting to just send everyone a lame-ass e-card and call it a night. But STOP RIGHT THERE!!!
While they may be a little tedious, Christmas Cards are a time-honoured tradition that is slipping by the wayside. There’s so much crap in my mail box this time of year that I really enjoy opening a pretty little card with kind words from friends and family. And you get something to put on display for decor or as a tangible way to prove your popularity (bonus). Here are a few of my tips:
1. Buy Christmas Cards at the end of the season. This way you get some really pretty cards for super cheap. There’s still quite a selection and then you get the chance to get them all written and addressed before the real craziness of the holidays begin.
2. Organize your addresses. You can keep a cute little address book or even a Rolodex, but I prefer to use my computer to organize my addresses. I divide them between His and Hers, Family, Friends and Business. You don’t really want to send a Christmas card to your old boss from 3 years ago. You may be tempted to print off all of the addresses onto handy little labels, but I try to do it all by hand. There’s nothing nicer than getting a hand-addressed envelope.
3. Try to think of a few generic phrases in advance. Change them up a little so everything doesn’t sound the same. Especially if going to send cards to brothers/sisters. Write the names of the recipient on the top of the card. I also try to add something a little personal in a card if it’s a milestone year (Best Wishes for your First Christmas as a Married Couple!), but don’t feel you have to write a novel. Or worse yet, a full-on Christmas Letter. With pictures. And captions.
4. Assembly line time. I get the cards in a stack and begin with the names, greeting and signature. Next, I write my return address on all of the envelopes. Next I stuff the cards and address the envelopes. Then lick all of the envelopes. Then the stamps. I know this sounds a little disjointed, but, seriously, it really speeds things up.
5. Get a drink (more on that in a minute…), crank up the tunes and get ‘er done! Enjoy the smug sense of superiority as you drop the cards into the mail box in the first week of December. If you get them out early, people who might not have sent you a card will now feel obligated to return the favour. Double bonus.
You definitely need a drink for this. Remember the dried out tongue, scraping along the glue-flavoured envelope? You want to prevent paper cuts in your mouth if at all possible.
Seeing as it’s the holidays, here’s a recipe for a Merri Christi (courtesy of marieclaire.com).
2.5 oz Christiana vodka
2 TBsp hot chocolate powder mix
2.5 oz milk
Mix all ingredients. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with some chocolate shavings.