10 Reasons to Mail Christmas Cards!
*This post is sponsored by Minted.com. They gave me Christmas cards so I could tell you all about my experience. All opinions are 100% my own, as are the cute kids 🙂 There are affiliate links for your convenience. That just means if you order through the link I might receive a small commission. Your price stays the same.
Ahhh Christmas cards. To send or not to send, that is the question.
I choose SEND. I’ll give you the run down on why, in case it’s one of those things you lie awake pondering at night.
I love Minted and their Christmas cards so when they offered to work with me on mine this year I jumped at the chance! (it forced me to tackle them early, which is a great thing!) Maybe you’re on the fence about sending cards out this year. Here are some thoughts on why I do and I think you should too!
- It forces me to be intentional about taking a family photo every year, or at the very least, a picture of my children.
I love pictures. I’ve always been the one lugging around a camera, making everyone says cheese when they would rather be ignoring me. All those eye rolling people always ask me for a copy of the pictures I take…proving what I believe, that everyone really enjoys picture mementos of life. However, in all my snap happiness it seems I’m as elusive as Big Foot because I never seem to appear in the photos. I’m always behind the camera. While I’m not looking for a photo shoot, photographic proof that I co-exist with my people is a good thing…at least once a year.
2. I love my family and want to give you an update on how big they are getting and how cute they are.
I said it.
3. The thing is – I think the same thing about your peeps.
4. Walking to the mailbox becomes fun
We joke around our house every time we get the mail. My kids watched the cartoon Caillou when they were little and in one episode his mom gets the mail and says, “Bills, bills, bills…sure would be nice to get a letter.” Amen sister. I couldn’t agree more. There is nothing better than pulling joy out of your mailbox instead of the year round gift of bills. I want to receive that joy in my mailbox and I want to offer it to you.
5. I’m old fashioned
Snail mail is becoming a thing of the past, people hardly handwrite notes anymore. In the day of e-mail and texting the personal touch is lost. Mail is personal and I like that. So, I will be mailing you your Christmas card until I die or the post office shuts down, whichever comes first.
6. You are never to old to send Christmas cards
My parents don’t really mail cards. They should (are you reading this mom and dad?) Just because you don’t have kids at home doesn’t mean people don’t want to hear from you. I love getting cards from empty nesters showing off their grandkids or their dog or their latest vacation. Whatever age you are you’re my friend and that means I want to hear from you. See the next entry…
7. Christmas cards make me feel loved
When you take the time, effort and stamp to mail a card it means you are thinking about that person. You desire to keep up with them, know how they are doing and acknowledging that even though you may not have talked in 10 years you still think about them. Exchanging Christams cards is the only communication I have with some friends and that’s ok. It makes me smile to know that in the busy rush of this crazy world at the end of the day we are still friends. I’m not one of the numbers to them nor them to me.
8. The letter kind are my favorite
I LOVE getting a letter stuffed inside a Christmas card, typed out telling me about Johnny’s soccer and Sue’s dance team. Detailing the family vacation to Big Bend, a new job or a new cat. Whatever the detail, bring it on. It’s odd that I love this and have never done it, hands down letters are the best! I catch myself smiling ear to ear when reading the important highlights of my dear friend’s past year. Cheering for kids I may not have even met yet, but feel like I know. It’s different than Facebook updates.
9. I keep them all
I scrapbook, it isn’t something I’ve talked about much here, but I am a scrapbook machine. I keep a yearly scrapbook and every year ends with all the pictures from the Christmas cards we receive. I know you wonder about spending money on something that goes in the trash December 26th, but at my house it’s safe from the round file. It’s so much fun to look over years past and see families grow and change. My kids love looking over them too. If you don’t keep your cards, it’s definitely something to consider.
10. Put it in perspective
Christmas cards can be expensive, if you pay to have pictures made, then buy online, then pay for a stamp. I get it. I hesitate every year about the financial outpouring. But every year I mail them anyway. I have never regretted it. There are many ways to be creative and cut costs, maybe I will post about that another day. For now think about this…for $1.50-$2.50 per person/family you can keep relationship at the center of the Christmas season. Christmas is about the greatest gift of love poured out for us through Jesus Christ’s birth, so that we could be in relationship with God. Relationship is what it’s all about!
For our card this year I went simple. I took our pictures (big money saver). You can do it too. Try picmonkey (affiliate link) for photo editing if you don’t have software of your own, you can lighten, brighten and change up your pics in a multitude of ways.
For your cards consider trying Minted. They offer a wide variety of card options, you can go as simple or as elaborate as you want. My favorite feature they offer is the Find It Fast feature. This lets you upload your picture and preview it in all the cards at once to see how it looks. It’s an awesome time saver! It really helps make the selection easier. Getting them done sooner than later alleviates the pressure that comes with the holiday rush! So get your card ready to go now and start looking for love to show up in your mailbox!
Now tell me, I’m dying to know…do you mail Christmas cards???
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