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Do's & Don'ts Of Holiday Card Giving



 It’s the hap-happiest time of the year & that includes spreading the joy and laughter via snail mail. I’m a firm believer in the art of the handwritten note and the holidays are my favorite time to ship out cards to let everyone know I’m thinking of them! Here are a few Do’s & Don’ts along with my favorite places to shop for cute cards:

Merry Joy Noel Cards {$18} // Joy Cards {$17} // Happy Holidays {$1.66 ea} // Warm Wishes {$10 a box} // Ribbon Bird {$6.50} // Feliz Navidad {$18 a box} // Holiday Hugs {$22 a box} // /Alligator Holiday {$5} // Holiday Love From {$16 a box} // Happy Holidays Reindeer Card {$14 a box}

 Dates to Remember:

  • December 4th: Last day to send to Africa, Central and South America (USPS guideline)
  • December 11th: Last day to send to most international locations (USPS guideline)
  • December 16th: December 8th: First Day of Hanukkah (HA! DO: Check your dates! oopsie!)
  • December 18th: Peak holiday mail day – relish in your preparedness
  • December 19th: Last day to send Domestic mail for Christmas Day arrival (USPS guideline)
  • December 25th: Christmas Day
  • December 26th: Kwanzaa

 

  • Sarah

    I agree with your suggestions, very nice post.
    http://www.fashionizelife.com

  • Amy

    I love this post and I specifically love that you’ve given international shipping cut off dates!

    xx amy

    Leopard and Lillies

  • Meg

    Jacey – not only are you a darling fashionista but you are a lady of class! I absolutely love your etiquette ideas and I totally agree with you! I just sent out my Christmas cards post Thanksgiving. I wrote Merry Christmas because that is what my husband and I celebrate, but for my friends who don’t celebrate Christmas I also wrote “Happy Holidays” in pen on the card itself. I hand addressed the cards and my husband thought I was crazy for doing 100 of them, but I think people appreciate getting hand addressed envelopes! I don’t mind doing it as long as I’m blasting holiday music in the background. 😉 Oh and I also included my dog in the picture but I did not “sign her name” on the card, I know some people do differently I just don’t think the sentiment of “Merry Christmas” comes from the dogs! She is however, a part of our family. 🙂

  • Deborah

    Hanukkah begans the night of December 8 and ends on the 16th. Love your blog btw

    xoxo

  • I am planning to take a picture for our card this weekend! Great tips!

    xo, Kenzie

    http://www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

  • Stefani

    Hi Jacey, great advice! But the first night of Hanukkah is December 8!

  • This is great! I will soon be sending out my Holiday cards & spell check is the most important thing!

  • love that you shared the deadlines!!! i am stressing because we do not have ONE single family picture that is usable (didn’t get any professionally done) so now i may just get cards made with our son on them. but i know some people dislike when it’s just a pic of some kid they don’t know (not close friends/family of course). thoughts?!?

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • :)))) can’t wait for yours!
    Here in Croatia we don’t really have that habit to send out Holiday cards.. Maybe I should do something to change that! 🙂
    I love that tradition, and still have all of the cards that my grandparents sent to me when I was little..

    inwithdnew.blogspot.com

  • traci

    FYI…the first day of Chanukah is December 9, 2012.

  • DO: check your dates – the first night of chanukkah is Dec. 8th!!!

  • Robyn

    This is a wonderful post and I absolutely adore your blog but one quick correction, Hanukkah starts on December 8th and ends on December 16th!
    xoxo

  • Melissa

    Fun post! I love that you included Hanukkah in your list of dates — but it begins on the 8th, not the 16th!

  • Giovanna

    Fun rules! Those cards are too cute! Loving the alligator one!

    xx
    Giovanna
    http://www.oliveandanarrow.com

  • Talk about uncanny timing! I just got done finishing our family holiday card and we are well within your tips! Yay!

    http://www.soyouagree.com

  • Isa

    Great guide, love this! I think I might go with email this year, though, I’m feeling lazy..

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com.br/

  • Love that ou included the dates! xx

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