Imprinted Holiday Cards are a Business Time Saver

I began pondering this question when I received my holiday cards last year. First, I received a holiday card from a salesman at a car dealership I had visited with an unintelligible message and signature written inside. A few days later, a holiday card from my dentist’s office showed up; this one with an imprinted greeting but an equally baffling scrawl below. These well-intentioned efforts to express holiday cheer got me thinking… wouldn’t it be better for businesses to order imprinted holiday cards to send to their clients?

Now I understand the thinking about adding a personal touch to holiday cards to make it seem like more time and thought was put into your selection, but if the person receiving the holiday cards has to struggle to read it or if things just aren’t pleasing to the eye, it’s kind of a moot point.

Having your holiday cards printed with a greeting of your choice and your business name will not only save you time, but will present a neat and professional image. Choosing a greeting to imprint that is appropriate for all recipients is an efficient time-saver, and the professional printing will leave an elegant and tasteful impression with your clients.

So consider having your holiday cards imprinted. Just think of how much your hand and wrist will thank you. And if you continue to get that uncontrollable urge to make things more personal, there’s still plenty of room inside to jot down your own comments (just try to write legibly!).

Spread Some Joy with Holiday Card Design 086CS has recently introduced a new design to our already extensive Christmas cards line-up – 086CS Frosted Merry Christmas Die-Cut Holiday Card. It is the sixteenth addition to our ever popular Die-Cut Christmas Cards line extension.

086CS Merry Christmas from All of Us

The friendly card design is sure to put a smile on any recipient’s face. It features nine giddy snowmen holding up a banner that reads “Merry Christmas from All of Us.” Beneath the snowmen is a die cut window that will showcase your company name, leaving a lasting impression in the minds of your customers, vendors, and employees.

Design 086CS is embossed on environmentally-friendly, white matte paper. The paper stock is not only made from windpower energy, but it is also FSC certified (SW-COC-002530). Additionally, the paper stock is Green-e certified, which means that renewable energy has been verified and approved for use in the manufacturing process.

If you’re looking to spread some joy this holiday season, what better way to do so than with design 086CS. This premium quality die cut holiday card will speak highly of your company, your taste level, and your eco-consciousness.

Buying Personalized Holiday Cards – It’s Just the First Step

You know the old saying “The cobbler’s son has no shoes?” Strangely enough, since I work for a company that makes personalized holiday cards, it actually applies to me. I heard that saying a lot as I was growing up. Why? Well first there was my uncle. We lived in an apartment in his building and of course he would be the one to call whenever there was a plumbing problem because not only was he the landlord, he also owned his own plumbing business. Yet he would come and replace our faucet with old pieces he could find laying around and sometimes use duct tape to seal a leaky pipe, always saying he would be back to fix it later. And of course, later could mean 6 months, or even a year!

Then of course there is my grandfather, who after he retired from the fire department, started his own house painting business. Yet the outside of my grandparents’ house remained unpainted for about 27 years. In fact, it didn’t get painted until after he retired from that business and handed it down to my uncle who decided to surprise them and paint their house while they were away on vacation.

Now there’s me. My company, The Gallery Collection, specializes in personalized holiday cards. I’m able to order a custom holiday card imprinted with my family’s names and a holiday message. In addition, we can have the mailing envelopes printed with our return address. I pick out my personalized holiday cards in March for goodness sake! All I have to do come December is address the envelope, stick a stamp on it and mail it! Yet there I am every December 21st or 22nd, hurriedly going through my collection of old envelopes with return addresses as I send out my Christmas cards. No, I don’t have an address book. I simply have a collection of envelopes from greeting cards that I have received over the years. If you send me holiday cards with your return address on it, you’re sure to get greeting cards back. If you don’t, hopefully I can look up your address online. If you’re not listed, you’re probably out of luck and hopefully you will learn your lesson and include your address next time! That is…if there is a next time.

Experts in Corporate Holiday Cards

Until recently, it’s never really occurred to me that we truly are the experts when it comes to corporate Holiday cards. Although we’re not a household name like some other popular retail greeting card companies, Prudent Publishing has been around since 1929…that’s almost 80 years!!! And since then, we have been committed to producing quality corporate Holiday cards and business greeting cards that suit the needs of our target consumers. For a relatively small, private company to be successful in business for almost eight decades, we must be doing something right.

Here is a humorous video that encapsulates the main reason for our success:

We are the experts when it comes to business Christmas cards and Holiday cards, which is why so many companies turn to us. You shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to sending holiday greetings to your vendors and important clients. It may seem inane, but Holiday cards sent to the patrons of your business tend to make lasting impressions. So refer to the experts when you send your holiday greetings this year. Otherwise, if left up to the Johnsons and Stanleys of your office, or worse – the guy who thinks he’s funny but he’s not – you may end up with cards like these:Christmas is a lot like a day at the office…you do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.(Here’s one that’s great for psychologists to send to their patients)
Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? Because he had low elf esteem.(And my personal favorite, perfect for CPAs, financiers, and banking associates)
Christmas is in my heart twelve months a year and thanks to credit cards, it’s on my Visa card statement all year long as well.

The Origin of Holiday Cards

How did the custom of sending Holiday Cards begin in the United States? Sir Henry Cole, the founder of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, had so many holiday greetings to send that handwriting them was impossible. He wanted his friends to be aware of the need to help the destitute on Christmas. So in 1843, Cole commissioned John Calcott Horsley to paint holiday greeting cards showing the feeding and clothing of the poor.

The first mainstream holiday card had a center panel showing a happy family embracing one another, sipping wine and enjoying the festivities. This card drew criticism because showing a child enjoying a sip of wine was considered to foster the moral corruption of children. Printed on the inside read “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”

Following the mainstreaming of holiday cards in London, Americans had to import greeting cards from Great Britain for the following 30 years. Then in 1875 Louis Prang, a German man who immigrated to the United States, opened a lithography shop with only $250 and published the first line of personalized Christmas cards for America. This first line of Holiday cards featured flowers and birds…an image not reminiscent of a Christmas scene. But by 1881, Prang was producing more than 5 million Christmas cards per year featuring snow scenes, fir trees, glowing fireplaces, and children playing with toys.

‘Twas A Year Before Christmas

‘Twas a year before Christmas in our publishing house.
Click! Click! From Creative came the sound of a mouse.
Readying cards to entice for next holiday season,
The design team faced challenges, and for good reason.

With Marketing and customer feedback as a guide,
Taking culture, originality, and artistry in stride,
They channel image and words into a card cover,
With greetings to suit the whole world over.

Sketch of forest, ornament or gifts in hand,
On with stars, snow, ribbons, by inspired command!
“Which color paper?” “Should we use ink?”
“What type of foil?” “Embossing, you think?”

Completed, the artwork is rushed to engravers
Who sculpt master dies, both crafty and clever.
The next trips are to the printers and finishers,
With our designers as shepherds of the endeavor.

When their actual turnover cards are in hand,
They return to the office and set up a stand.
With a plea to the rest of us, all of their colleagues
“Be angels,” they ask, “Name these cards, please!”

In hushed awe we gather, then start scribbling wildly.
Does it shimmer, does it glitter? Some try names that are funny.
Wiser heads will select which the best names will be,
“Grapes of Wreath” gets passed over for “Harvest Bounty.”

On to Production, who with skill will fill inventory
So our Plant can imprint customer orders in a hurry.
Creative exclaimed, moving on to new passions,
“Let’s start on designs for the All Occasion fashions!”

A Year of Greeting Card Feats

2007 is almost over, and what a spectacular year it’s been! Our cards have been a part of some amazing feats. Back in July we officially went green with our announcement of windpower greeting cards; in September we put in place our first annual Create a Greeting Card Scholarship Contest; last month we donated 280,000 holiday cards to Soldiers’ Angels for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; and within the last two weeks our cards were inadvertently featured on network television. Designs 491CS, 684CX, 676CX, and 678CX were used as background props on CBS’s Guiding Light, and this past Tuesday, design 320CX (Golden Nativity Religious Holiday Card) was shown on ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly. Here is the video clip:

The design is a part of our Religious Christmas cards, which invoke the true meaning of Christmas for those looking to express a spiritual message in their holiday greetings. The card shown on Live with Regis and Kelly was actually imprinted and signed by The Amazing Kreskin! I’m not sure if The Amazing Kreskin could’ve predicted what a spectacular year we were going to have, but I’m hoping that next year will be just as exciting (if not better) than 2007.

Peace, Joy, and Season’s Greeting Cards

Should you say Merry Christmas or Season’s Greetings? During this time of the year, there are so many things that I have to juggle. Between shopping for gifts, decorating my house, attending holiday parties, and baking Christmas cookies, the last thing I need to worry about is if my holiday greeting cards are politically correct. But the fact of the matter is I do worry about this because I don’t want to offend any of the recipients who are to receive my greeting cards.

I always pay close attention to the personalized holiday cards that I purchase each year. Ideally, I like to distribute one card design to everyone, which saves me time and money. But in doing so, I make sure to choose Holiday cards that are appropriate for all of my recipients, being that my friends and family come from very diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds and I would never want to offend any of them with an unsuitable holiday card.

If I decided to purchase Merry Christmas Cards, then I’ve eliminated the option of being politically correct. So I prefer to purchase Seasons Greeting Cards so as not to insult any of my recipients. Going with this option allows me to express my true sentiments to my friends and family with complete assurance of everyone’s contentedness, which is really what matters most during the holiday season – peace, joy, and happiness.

The History of the Christmas Wreath

Do you ever wonder where the tradition of the Merry Christmas Wreath comes from? The roots of this tradition can be traced back to the ancient Greeks when wreaths made of laurel were placed on the heads of victorious athletes in the original Olympic Games. Wreaths were also used by the Romans when worn on the heads of leaders such as Julius Caesar.

Some say that the circular shape represents eternity since it has no beginning or end. Today, the most popular use of the wreath during Christmas is the Advent Wreath with its lovely candles representing the coming of light or spring. The most popular wreath is the Merry Christmas Wreath made from evergreen branches, which hangs on the wall or door and invokes feelings of warmth for the season.

The symbolism of the wreath is in the shape of the circle that has no beginning and no ending. Some say that this may represent the circle of life or the eternal nature of God’s love. The evergreens used in wreaths are said to represent immortality because they live through winter, signifying strength. The wreath is a colorful welcoming touch whether used during the Christmas season or any time of the year. It has the uncanny ability to invoke feelings of warmth and family.

A Short History of Christmas Trees

“Mommy, why is there a tree in our living room?” Some children think to ask this question and some don’t. But why is there a tree in the living room?

Like many traditional symbols of Christmas, it is often explained as a reinvented old pagan symbol. Evergreens were a symbol of life and in the darkest time of year, right before the winter solstice, were used to symbolize the rebirth that would come with springtime.

There are many different explanations as to why trees became a symbol of Christmas. Another explanation, the one I remember hearing as a child when I asked the question, claims that a minister was walking home one Merry Christmas eve and was so struck by how beautiful the stars looked shining down on the trees that he wanted to share it with his children. He cut down a small tree, brought it home, and decorated it with candles. The modern Christmas tree dates back to Queen Victoria, who posed for a drawing with her family around a decorated tree for her own royal personalized Christmas card.

I do like to think about how it all started, especially when I find myself digging through boxes of Christmas tree ornaments, some of which have been around since 1924 when my uncle was born! In the end, I’m just glad of three things: that there IS a seasonal tree in my living room, that we no longer use lit candles to decorate it, and that my tree isn’t as big as the tree at Rockefeller Center.