Getting prepared early in the season is one of the best secrets I learned with coping with the holiday season. Yes, I have been there, trying to frantically make my children write their Christmas cards the day before they need to deliver them, along with their homework and the other million things they need to do before going to bed at a reasonable time. It is not fun and it increases the level of tension in your home; the solution is to plan and to spread out these tasks over the coming weeks and it makes life so much easier to bear, starting with your Christmas card list.
Why Create A Christmas Card List
I like the idea of creating a list, it gives me all the information that I need and it is perfect for spending 10 minutes at a time writing out cards in an organized fashion, instead of running around trying to pull all the information together because the last day of posting has arrived.
I kept them together and it was perfect to pick up and do whilst waiting for the kids to finish their activities or even just the end of the school day.
Now, don’t forget your children, they, too, will want to send some cards and the best way to do this is to ask for a list of all the children in the class. It is then easier to work out whom your children want to send a Christmas card to and how you spell their names. Aim to break this project down into a few cards at a time; there is nothing worse than trying to get cards written the night before they need to take them into school.
Your Christmas Card List
I bought my Christmas cards in the sales in January when the shops were selling them off cheap. If you haven’t already purchased your cards, by creating your Christmas card list, in advance, you are more able to see the amount of cards you need and this can prevent you from over-spending and buying more cards than you actually need, or not buying enough and need to purchase more.
If you are buying cards for young children to write in make sure that you buy the large size cards, some of the little cards, whilst looking cute, are extremely difficult for young children just learning to write, to actually write small enough to fit on these small-sized cards.
Writing your Christmas cards early gives you the chance to take your time over the cards that you send; the whole process is less rushed and more of an enjoyable experience.
The postal dates for this year are different depending on your location and the destination.
- For my UK readers the Royal Mail delivery details.
- For My US readers the UPS holiday schedule.
- For my US readers the FedEx holiday schedule.
- For my US readers the USPS holiday schedule.
A quick search for your local postal service will highlight the last posting dates for you.
The aim that I am hoping for, is to show you that through my experience the best idea for a stress free Christmas is to ensure that you have spent enough time planning the basics and then all the puzzle pieces will start falling in some sort of order, instead of unravelling at your feet.
Therefore, by starting now, you will be able to spread out writing your Christmas cards and having all the information in one place makes a perfect way to write a few cards at a time.
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