The Do’s and Don’t’s of sending Christmas cards

Christmas is an extremely busy time of the year with so much to plan and buy for family and friends. In the rush, it’s easy to cut corners and maybe just grab a pack of Christmas cards off the supermarket shelf and think that they will have to make do. Maybe we should think again if we imagine what that card might say about us.

The tradition of sending Christmas started way back in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole and John Horsley designed the very first card. The act of sending cards may seem simple enough but there is an etiquette that should be considered. Christmas cards received by mid-December show that you are fairly organised and that the recipient is important enough to have received one in good time and perhaps were even near the top of the list. A card received late suggests you perhaps only sent one because you felt guilty about receiving one.

E-cards are convenient but are still seen as cheating because they require so little effort and will leave your recipient feeling a bit deflated. Also if you are sending cards to people of  a different or no faith then it’s polite to have a card that says ‘Season’s Greetings’.

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Show that you really care by including a small note or message inside your card and not just a scrawled signature. Keep your message brief but heartfelt and warm and include your address and phone number so they can get in touch to catch up if they want to.

Receiving a card in a design that you’ve already received twice already is a sure fire way of your card not making their mantelpiece. That is the danger of buying multipacks from the shops, you and millions of others have all bought the same ones. For showing how much someone means to you, think about ordering some bespoke, handmade Christmas cards. For more information, visit You can also find luxury Handmade Wedding Invitations here too.

For those on your Christmas card list who you don’t see very often or perhaps don’t know all that well, don’t make the festive faux pas of including a family newsletter with a round up of everything you’ve been up to that year. It will be treated with a little scorn and make you come across as self-centred and a bit pompous. If you haven’t checked in with them for a long time or shown any interest in how they are doing, then why would they want to hear all about your ups and downs. Play it safe and only include something like that to those who you know will be thrilled to hear from you.

Don’t send personalized cards with family photos on to your colleagues. While friends and family will enjoy seeing these, it isn’t the done thing to send them to people you work with. Choose a more professional design for your colleagues and business contacts.