Packaged, traditional Christmas cards that are simply signed can save the sender time, but can also leave the recipient with an impersonal message. Making and sending your own personal Christmas message leaves your family and friends feeling special because they know that you took time to carefully craft a message with them in mind. Designing and writing Christmas cards is also a fun family activity that teaches children the importance of giving individual attention to loved ones and allows them to enjoy the holiday season by participating in preparations for Christmas.
Create your own card. Instead of relying on pre-made Christmas cards that can be purchased at a store, visit a stationery store and select note cards and envelopes that reflect your personality or family. For example, instead of utilizing the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, choose your favorite color or have your family's crest imprinted onto the stationery. If you have children, purchase an array of materials (e.g., construction papers, markers, felt) at an arts and craft store and allow you children to use their creativity to design the outside of each card.
Write a message inside the card. Refrain from using broad salutations, such as "Dear Smith Family," or from using generic holiday phrases like "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Hand write each family member's name and then address how the family is celebrating the holiday. For example, if the recipient of your card is spending Christmas in another state with extended family, specifically mention those travel plans wishing them a joyous trip and reunion. Generic Christmas card messages can be a starting point, but ultimately, your message should reflect the personal relationship between you and the recipient.
Include a special memento or quote inside the card. Enclosing an extra "something" with your holiday message adds a personal touch. If you have had a family holiday photo taken, include the picture. People often enjoy receiving annual pictures of friends and family that they are unable to see frequently. Another personal touch is to include an inspirational quote or a family holiday recipe. For instance, if the recipient of your card is religious, you may want to include a brief biblical passage relating to Christmas.
Decorate the envelope. Calligraphy, stickers, glitter, stamps or drawings are all ways to jazz up a Christmas card envelope so as to let the recipient know that he has been sent a special, personalized Christmas card.
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