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Holiday cards can be the only time during the year that you communicate with many distant friends or family members. Although many may poo-poo the idea, the annual Christmas letter is really a great way to update everyone on what you and your family have been up to during the year. Here are some tips to consider when composing that annual update.
1. Keep it brief. People are especially busy during the holiday season and don’t really have time to read a novel, even if your family experienced a truly novel year! Simply share the highlights and follow-up later with a more complete explanation of happenings if someone asks for the details.
2. Tell the truth. We’d all like to say we’ve traveled the world, seriously upgraded our lifestyle and won the lottery, but often that simply isn’t the case. Be truthful when letting everyone know what you experienced this past year. What may seem boring to you may be quite interesting to others.
3. Make it fun. Be creative when sharing your tale. Speak to your audience and add a bit of humor and your annual Christmas letter will bring a smile to many and become something they look forward to reading each year.
4. Keep your voice. Write as if you were speaking to a friend. Keep your “voice” consistent with the way you might speak to someone in person. If you don’t use big words on a regular basis, don’t start now. An easy flowing narrative is much more genuine and sure to be appreciated as authentic.
5. Review and edit. Once you’re happy with your creation, read it out loud and edit as necessary. One final going-over will help you catch minor errors and misspellings.
Colorful or unique holiday cards or Christmas cards with a letter from you included inside are fun to send and to receive. Photo holiday cards help add visual appeal as well. Make it an annual event and you’ll never lose touch with those whose friendships you value most.
For a bit of fun, consider sending your Holiday Cards from a Post Office with a Christmas related name and postmark! A fun holiday postmark is sure to surprise those on your holiday card list as they look to see where their card is from.
Just pick a post office from the authorized list shown below. Stamp and address your cards then package them all up and send them to:
Your cards will be individually postmarked and mailed from there. Although there is no charge for this service, it is best to mail them by December 10 to allow enough time for the postmarking, re-mailing and delivery.
Angels Camp CA 95222
Now is a great time to go ahead and order your holiday cards! Beat the rush by ordering early so you can get them all signed, addressed, and ready to mail before the holiday shopping, cooking and decorating madness begins. And to make them extra special, stick a 1st Class US Postage Stamp on them that will complement the card design itself and entice the recipient to look inside that special envelope.
Here are the holiday stamps available for the 2011 holiday season. No licking necessary anymore, the designs are chosen especially to fill the bill on religious Christmas cards to contemporary Holiday cards, Hanukkah Cards and Kwanzaa cards too. It currently costs $.44 to mail a card but the price will increase to $.45 in January. You’ll be money ahead though as these are all Forever Stamps so you can use them… forever, thus avoiding price increases.
Perfect for anyone on your holiday card list, each of these colorful stamps features a colorful ornament in bold colors and designs topped with fanciful bows. The illustrator, Linda Fountain, from Hilton Head Island, SC, sketched the images based on styles from the 1950s, then used cut paper to complete the designs. Fun and festive, these Holiday Baubles add a touch of excitement to any holiday card envelope.
Religious Christmas Cards celebrate the reason for the season and this illustration of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus was painted in oil by the Italian master, Raphael in or around 1513. Entitled “Madonna of the Candelabra”, the painting is now in the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The image on the stamp is just a portion of a larger painting.
The bold colors of this Kwanzaa stamp clearly show the celebration that takes place over seven days beginning on December 26 each year. The first Kwanzaa commemorative stamp was issued in 1997 with new designs issued in 2004 and 2009, making this the fourth stamp in this series. The design by Daniel Minter was first carved into a linoleum block, then scanned into a computer and colorized. The stamp celebrates family and the colors of Kwanzaa.
The Jewish Festival of Lights is commemorated with this Hanukkah stamp for 2011. The fourth stamp in the series, this one was created by Suzanne Kleinwaks of Falls Church, Virginia. The bold and colorful shapes symbolize the eight days and nights of the Hanukkah celebration with one designed to look like a spinning dreidel, a familiar toy children traditionally play with during the holidays.
Sticking a real postage stamp on holiday cards is much more personal than running them through a postage meter. And wouldn’t you agree that you tend to open mail with stamps on them first when sifting through everything that appears in your mailbox?
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Did you know that the holiday season has already started! Yes, the phones are ringing and orders are flooding in for this years personalized holiday cards. Christmas may be in December but now is a great time to order your Christmas cards online. To help you know what to look for in a supplier, consider these 5 tips.
1. Super Selection- Make sure you have more than enough card designs to choose from. For professional season’s greetings for your business clients and partners, to photo holiday cards for friends and family, you don’t want to be limited in design selections.
2. Creative Customization- You should be able to pick a verse that lets you say what you want to say. The best online holiday card suppliers will give you verses to choose from and/or allow you to create your very own. There should be plenty of space available for your text and you should get to pick the type styles and colors printed so your card is uniquely yours.
3. Price and Performance- Many card companies will offer discounts and promo codes but make sure the bottom line is no surprise. Watch out for those that show what looks like a low price but then add on costs for such things as personalization, uploading photos, proofs, envelopes and outrageous shipping charges. And make sure they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee before you click that Order button.
4. Quality you can Trust- It is often difficult to tell just what card quality you may end up with when ordering online. Make sure you are pleasantly surprised with your final order by reading online reviews. Also look to see if the company will provide free samples for you to review before placing your order. A trusted company like CardsDirect.com will have been successfully in business for over 10 years.
5. Easy Online Ordering- A card that looks great and is affordable is fantastic but if you can’t easily place your order, it matters not! Look for a site that lets you put in all of your details and easily walks you through the order entry process. And if you can’t find someone to help via email, phone, fax or live chat, keep looking until you find a company who is there to help you if you have any questions along the way.
Ordering your holiday cards is a once-a-year experience and should be something you have fun doing! The goal is to be proud of the cards you send so that those who receive them will appreciate you and enjoy a happy holiday season!
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If you are a business owner you are always concerned with keeping the customers you already have and adding new ones. One great way to do this is to keep your company name front and center so it is just too easy for them to think of you the next time they need the goods or services you provide.
And CardsDirect has the perfect way to do just that. We’re talking calendar cards! Calendar cards are a great way to send season’s greetings that will last all year long. These thoughtful three panel cards include calendar grids for easy reference and will be posted in a prominent place for all to see. The cards include your personalization so your company name is on display throughout the year ahead.
Easy to order online and affordably priced, your customers will look forward to receiving their updated calendar from you every year! As many companies are already making plans well into the new year ahead, you don’t have to wait until December to send your holiday cards. Go ahead and surprise them early by sending them your personalized calendar cards early!
Good question! I’m admittedly biased but let me give you a number of reasons why it does make sense to send holiday cards to your friends, family, customers and business associates every year.
1) In this age of digital communication, a traditional greeting card received in the mail is a special and unexpected surprise. This highly personal form of communication is sincere and meaningful. And they’re fun to ooh and ah over too!
2) Remembering someone with a “real” card that is stuffed in an envelope with a stamp on it and mailed shows you care about them and value their friendship or business.
3) Cards sent during the holiday season are usually displayed and enjoyed for several weeks. For businesses, that means your company name is on display for all to see. In effect, you are advertising your company and showing you care about those you do business with.
4) Holiday cards sent once a year give you an opportunity to stay connected and build loyalty so that friends and business associates you don’t see all that often won’t forget about you! And let’s be honest, isn’t it fun to see those family photo cards from afar?
Annual holiday cards are fun to send and to receive. There is a reason Christmas cards have been popular for over 150 years. Why do you send them?
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The rules for comma usage have changed a bit since many of us first learned about them. Years ago they were inserted more often than they are now. The Chicago Manual of Style is one authority, as is the AP Stylebook, the Associated Press journalist’s bible.
An old quick tip was to insert a comma whenever you felt the need to take a breath while reading a sentence. Here are some more informative tips for using commas correctly.
Commas to separate words. Use commas to separate three or more words or word groups within a sentence. Example: I send holiday cards, get well cards and birthday cards to my employees.
Commas for sentence flow. Use commas to surround words or phrases that interrupt the flow of a sentence. Example: Greeting cards, as you know, are great marketing tools.
Commas to separate adjectives. Commas are used between two adjectives when both adjectives modify the same noun. Example: I enjoy sending high-quality, personalized cards to my business associates. Both the words “high-quality” and “personalized” modify the noun, cards. Or try these tricks— substitute the word “and” for the comma or flip the two adjectives. If the sentence still makes sense when you do this, then you do need the comma.
Commas to connect clauses. Perhaps you’ve heard of conjunction junction. Use a comma after the words—and, or, but, for, nor to connect two strong clauses. Example: Get well cards are great when someone is not feeling their best, but thinking of you cards are welcomed anytime.
Commas to separate statements from questions. Use a comma when you want to separate a statement from a question in the same sentence. Example: My top customers would enjoy receiving birthday cards, wouldn’t they?
Commas to separate introductory words. If beginning a sentence with a single word like—now, yes, or well, use a comma to separate it from the rest of the sentence. Example: Yes, holiday cards are great for keeping in touch with customers, friends and family.
Do you have any other comma tips to add? Or, if you have questions, let us know and we’ll do our best to answer them! Did you notice the use of two of the above comma rules in that last sentence?!
Did you run out of time to send Christmas Cards this year? Not to worry. Send New Years Cards instead! What a great time to wish someone success in the year to come. New Years Cards arrive after the holiday card rush and can be leisurely enjoyed. They send a message of hope and celebration and really start the new year off on the right foot. Have your team’s signatures imprinted right on the card itself and add Quick Stick envelopes and you’ll have no excuse for missing out on this prime and personal marketing opportunity. Happy New Year is a message any religion, country or business can relate to!