It’s that time of year today and I am here to remind you that it is time to get that Christmas card in the post. My clients who have had custom cards designed by my are now waiting for the final printed version.
I just signed off for a delivery of a very cool and tasteful selection of Christmas cards to review. A physical, handwritten card is still a beautiful thing to receive, even in this day of digital greetings. A handwritten note, wish you all the best for the new year means more than ever.
Sure it’s easier to send out a bulk email with a cheesy free clip-art of a Christmas tree or Santa, but taking the time to select and write a card for someone you love or who means a lot to you, is more meaningful. It says, “you matter”. With less people sending cards, the cards that do get sent are really appreciated.
Sending cards builds anticipation, especially for children and the $5 note inside is still the most exciting thing in the world for a 7 year old. I remember the feeling of those envelopes arriving for the 3 weeks before Christmas and how it contributed to the fun that is Christmas.
Below is a selection of beautiful cards that I’ll be sending out to my nearest and dearest as well as packs I can send out for professional contacts.
If you are sending cards internationally, you need to do it now. For delivery costs and times for cards visit Australia Post.
The cards below are are all from Hallmark, who have done a really sensational job of creating a selection of cards that people will want to hang onto for years to come. The designs are on trend and very special.
Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas Card?
Firstly, there are a few holidays that fall during December including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and the newly introduced secular HumanLight. They all would like, and deserve to be acknowledged and respected.
There is a strong backlash of people who feel that Christmas is being lost as we move forward into religious diversity, so Christians want to keep their Christmas. There is the argument of inclusiveness, thus “Happy Holiday’s”.
The best way to look at this is just basic etiquette: if your recipient is Jewish, send a ‘Happy Hanukkah’ card, if they are Christian, send a Merry Christmas card.
The majority of people I know are from Christian family backgrounds, so I will send out a Christmas card. I don’t fall into this category, so I focus on the tree, Santa or Christmas motifs, nothing like baby Jesus or biblical references. For me Christmas is a time to share love, laughter and have fun.
A Note about the Corporate Christmas Card
As a designer, every year I design cards for companies. Every year there is a debate about whether to put ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’. I always say to my clients, if the company and clients are culturally diverse and wants to be seen as inclusive then ‘Happy Holidays’ is the way to go, and includes everyone.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, you can purchase your cards on line using the link below: