I love getting those photo holiday cards from friends. Even though I might have seen the occasional picture of them or their kids on Facebook, I still enjoy seeing their friendly faces in my mailbox at Christmas time. I like to make a big merry photo wall out of them all, and guests seem to like to look at them too.
After admiring the picture, I always flip it over and look for a personal message. A long letter is great but I'm happy if I even see a signature these days. And more often that not, I don't. In my opinion, as friendly-looking as a photo can be, without a handwritten signature, it becomes somewhat impersonal.
SO. If you send out a stack of printed Christmas, Hanukkah, or holiday cards this year, add that extra touch and include a personalized note on each one. It can be as simple as signing your name. Just include something to show that the person you are writing to is more than another envelope to stuff.
If you're ambitious and want to include more than your signature, here are a few examples of holiday card wording:
There's definitely nothing wrong with having a message printed on your card. Just factor in what you plan to handwrite so your printed message doesn't duplicate it.
On another note: I like to send out photo cards because it's so easy to have them done online. But this year I noticed it's getting harder to choose a company because there are so darn many!
So in case you haven't yet decided where to get your online holiday photo cards, here are my favorite places:
Do you need to thank people for holiday cards? Not in my opinion. I mean if you see them or talk to them it's certainly nice to mention you received it, and ooh and ahh over how much the kids have grown.
But only my mother actually writes thank you notes for holiday cards. Here's the one I received today:
We loved your Season's Greetings (Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas) card with the beautiful picture of Tommy and Mike. How nice of each of you to sign it as well... plus include a 2017 calendar with Tommy and Mike's picture. Thank you so much!
We love you too!
xoxox Grandma and Papa