How to Send Christmas Cards Without Stress

Are you overwhelmed by the idea of sending Christmas cards? Do you procrastinate -- send them late, or not at all? This article describes how you can send a personal Christmas card to all the people you care about, without stressing out.


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    Set aside some time and space to write and address the cards. Allow 2 to 5 minutes per card, depending on how fast you write. Pick a pleasant place, with room enough to lay out the cards and write them. Put on some Christmas music. Make a cup of hot chocolate. Plan to enjoy the experience.
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    One by one, write the cards. The next few steps apply to each card:
    • Inside, at the top, write a greeting, like "Dear Anna".
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    • Write a message. If it's a blank card, you might write "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays". If there is printed greeting, add a little something in your own handwriting, like "I hope you have had a wonderful year." You might add something personal here, like "I look forward to seeing you at graduation." But don't overthink it.
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    • Sign the card. You might write "Love, Harry", or whatever seems appropriate.
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    • Drop the card in the envelope and seal it.
    • Address the envelope from your address list.
    • Add a stamp.
    • Put a return address on the back or the upper left corner. You can use a festive address sticker, or address it by hand for a more personal touch.
    • Put a checkmark on your list next to the recipient's name. If you are interrupted, it will be easy to come back and finish the unchecked names.
    • Put the card in a stack and move on to the next card.
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    When your cards are all addressed, drop them in the mail. Yay! You're done!


  • After Christmas, you can pick up cards on sale for the next year. Put them someplace where you will remember them next Christmas.
  • Save your recipient list and the addresses for the next year. You don't have to send cards to the same people every year, but last year's list is a good starting point.


  • Don't feel like you have to send a card to everyone you know. Keep your list manageable, and you're less likely to procrastinate. If you haven't connected with someone in years, or they never send you a card, or you just don't care about them, drop them from your list.
  • Don't get hung up on saying "just the right thing" for each person. Your greeting is already very personal, because you are writing and mailing it with your own hands. You don't have to think of a clever "line" for each recipient.

Things You'll Need

  • A list of recipients. You might want to include your family, close friends, neighbors, and people who have sent you cards in the past.
  • Each recipient's mailing address. It will be easier if you have all the addresses together before you start writing cards. Of course, try to find current addresses.
  • The cards. Your list tells you how many cards you need. You don't have to pick out a special card for each person. You can pick up a box or two of attractive cards at a stationery store, supermarket, or drugstore. Pick something you like, and that you think most of your recipients will like. Of course, if there is someone really special on your list, you might want to get them their own hand-selected card!
  • Some festive first-class stamps. Buy enough for all your recipients. You can buy them online at, or at your local post office.

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