With the holiday season fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about the holiday cards you'll send to family, friends, and business associates. The holidays are a time when warm wishes are exchanged, and the thoughtfulness you put into choosing the right Christmas cards will be felt by your recipients. That's why it's important to consider the different types of cards that are available and which would be most appropriate for the people on your list.
Religious Christmas Cards
If you and your family fundamentally view Christmas as a religious observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, and your holiday celebrations are a reflection of your religious beliefs, it's perfectly appropriate to select Christmas cards with a religious theme and send them to family members, those with whom you fellowship, and others who understand your views about Christmas. A card depicting the Three Magi bearing gifts for the Christ Child, or one that illustrates Madonna and Child with angels would be lovely.
Secular Christmas Cards
If you take a more secular approach to Christmas, there are a wide variety of Christmas cards from which to choose. From the elegant to the whimsical, there are Christmas cards depicting Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, presents, and ornaments that convey the magic and wonder of Christmas.
Holiday Greeting Cards
Your greeting cards should not only be a reflection of the way in which you view the holiday season, but also reflect your awareness of how your recipients feel about the holiday season. In recent years, the trend has been to send greeting cards that express a sentiment that is more general, such as "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays." This is a way of sending warm wishes and expressing your thoughtfulness to those who may or may not celebrate Christmas. There are a wide variety of holiday cards from which to choose, including those that depict elegant winter scenes, whimsical snowmen, penguins, and so forth.
Business Holiday Cards
Sending business holiday cards is a wonderful way to let your customers and colleagues know that you appreciate them. Unless your company is one that is related to religiosity, however, it's important to choose secular business Christmas cards. It's also important to choose holiday cards that reflect and project your company's image.
Personalized Greeting Cards
While etiquette dictates that greeting cards should be addressed by hand, personalizing your Christmas cards with an imprint of your name or the name of your company is perfectly appropriate. A handwritten note included in the card lets your recipient know that your sentiments are heartfelt.
Finding the Perfect Holiday Cards
In order to find the greeting cards that fit your needs, start by looking online. You can find amazing selections and great values by purchasing your cards online. The best online greeting card companies offer extensive personalization, including allowing you to select the greeting inside the cards, printing your name or the name of your company inside the card, and printing your return address on coordinating foil-lined envelopes. When you purchase your cards early, placing your order by mid-October, you often can receive a discount of up to 25 percent. Now, that's something to celebrate!