What Your Christmas Cards Say About You

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November is an exciting time of the year. There’s Thanksgiving, a time we gather with our families and stop for a moment to give thanks for the smallest blessings in our lives. That’s what I do anyway–it gives me perspective. But it’s also the time when I begin to think about what kind of Christmas cards I want to order.

You see, I have a thing about greeting cards. I know, many say it’s just a card and who really cares what it looks like or what it says; it’s the thought that counts. That is true. But how about the card that arrives year after year with an incorrect last name, or the one with the wrong apartment number and no zip code, which then causes it to arrive days after the holidays? That can certainly make you look like no effort was made at all. What about those beautiful personalized Christmas cards with names imprinted? That can save you tons of time and effort, but still show you care.

Christmas is a beautiful time of the year. Yes, it’s hectic with everything one has to do to prepare for it. But when I sit down to write my cards it’s really the only time in the year that I get to think back on all the special people in my life and how thankful I am to them. And although I cannot afford to get everyone a gift, it is through my Christmas cards that I am able to express my gratitude individually. So yes, before I send out each card, I make sure every “t” is crossed and every “i” dotted, because they mean that much to me.

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Jessica L. November 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I start receiving Christmas cards in the days following Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really is the official start of the holiday season and I love getting cards early so I can enjoy them. It may seem like a tiny gesture, but I really appreciate the thought behind the card – receiving cards with my name spelled incorrectly can take away from it.

Melissa November 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I never gave much thought to the “Christmas card” ritual but you make a very good point. It makes me glad to think that the people who have sent or will be sending me a card may have also put this much thought into my card.

Eleanor T. November 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

Writing out my christmas cards is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. Not too many of my friends and family members care about it as much as I do. I just think it’s a great way to reflect on how much people mean to you and I view sending cards out as taking the time and effort to show them how much you care.

Marge November 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I believe a Christmas card sets the mood for the holidays. I order my Gallery Collection assortment boxes in October. I then look through every one and decide which cards will go to each person. Then I spend time writing notes in every one. It’s my way of showing how special that person is to me.

Dawn November 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Yes I totally agree with Rita N. I care about the Christmas cards I send out to family and friends. And I want it to be done correctly. It means a lot to me.

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