{Guest Post} Tips to Organizing Your Holiday Card List

15 Dec

I’ll be back to regular blogging this Friday. Here’s another guest post.

With all the other things you need to do to get ready for the Holiday Season, it’s easy to let some
things get away from you. Your Christmas card list is not something you want to leave to the last
minute, and there are some strategies you can use to make sure they get addressed and mailed
early enough so that they can be delivered before Christmas.

If this is your first year that you will be sending out cards, go through your address book to
see who you would like to send holiday greetings to. Make a mark beside the person’s name so
you don’t forget to send them their card. Before you start addressing cards, confirm the mailing
information by looking up addresses and zip codes online.

In a case where you have sent out Christmas cards before, the previous year’s mailing list can be
used as a base for the ones you will be sending out now. You will need to review your list and
make changes as necessary before you start signing and getting them ready for mailing. Some
people on your list may have moved and you will need to look up the new address in the phone
book or online before you send out cards to those individuals.

Next, think about where your Christmas cards need to be delivered. If you are sending Christmas
cards to friends and family members overseas, contact the Postal Service to find out when they
need to be mailed so they will be delivered on time. Then put a notation on your calendar for a
couple of days before that point so that you have time to address your cards and get them in the

If the idea of dealing with your entire list at once seems like too overwhelming a task, divide it
up. Once you have any international addressees looked after, give yourself several days to work
on the rest of your list. Make an appointment with yourself to do so, and keep it. You may find
that the idea of working on your Christmas cards is more daunting than sitting down for a short
time and addressing a handful of them.

You can store your Christmas card list on your computer and print off address labels if you like.
This method keeps the information organized in one place, and applying a label to an envelope is
much quicker and easier than addressing them by hand. Focus on getting your holiday greeting
into the hands of the person you want to share some good wishes with instead of how the address
is presented.

Starting early is the best way to keep your holiday card list organized. If you need to do a
marathon Christmas card addressing session, find a friend who is in the same boat and invite
them over to prepare their cards as well. You can work together to get them ready for mailing.

Bio: Vera Mosley is a freelance writer for a company that sells corporate holiday cards. When she is not writing or
blogging, Vera loves to travel the world! Follow her adventures on Twitter @VMosley.


One Response to “{Guest Post} Tips to Organizing Your Holiday Card List”

  1. Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com December 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I used to type a Christmas letter every year detailing the family “goings on”… life interfered a few years ago (I lost my job after 9.5 years without a severance and I was quite bitter) and haven’t recovered. 😦

    I actually miss doing it. Now, I blog, but most of our Christmas card list people don’t know that. [hey… note to self… that’s a way to drum up readers… send Christmas cards!] Sounds like it’s time for a paradigm shift on my part!

    Vera (and Sara) you’ve inspired me. I won’t make Christmas, but will do my darnedest to get them out by New Year’s Day!


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