Christmas Cards – A Thoughtful Tradition

Christmas cards are a tradition that we at Above & Beyond adore. It’s such a lovely time of year to pen a note to the people you care about. We know that the tradition is fading as emails and social media sites make it easier to keep in touch and send a quick note at the end of the year. We are suckers for some traditions though, and can’t help but still appreciate the sentiment of sending and receiving a hand-written card in the mail at Christmas.


Christmas cards have been around since the 1800s and were first produced and distributed in the UK. Did you know that the world’s first commercially produced Christmas card was designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole in 1843? They continued to be popular into the 1900s when two brothers, Joyce and Rollie Mark, founded Hallmark Cards to market their self-produced Christmas cards. Christmas cards gained popularity during the war years as loved ones sent personalized holiday greetings to the soldiers. Nowadays, people opt to send a Christmas card as a tangible card, a Christmas letter, an e-card or a personalized photo. Although the internet now exists, many still take the time to mail a Christmas greeting of well-wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or writing Christmas cards for the first time, we came up with some helpful tips for this year’s Christmas correspondence. So pour yourself some eggnog and put on a Christmas album, because we’ve got some suggestions on how to make this batch of cards the best you’ve ever sent.

1- Don’t procrastinate. Whether you’re sending 7 cards or 87, make sure you fill them out sooner than later. This will allow enough time to write any personalized greetings you may want to write. The holidays are such a busy season, you don’t want to have to rush to get them done in time. Be sure to leave lots of time for the cards to reach their destination via mail. card

2- Christmas letters are a great way to update friends and family you don’t see very often. The age-old tradition of sending a Christmas letter is still alive. This is a great space to detail the highlights of your past year (and your family’s) – but don’t brag. No one wants to read that!

3- Proof read your envelopes! A typo in your card is not that big of a deal, but a simple spelling mistake in the recipient’s address could be. Be sure to double check addresses and names before putting your cards in the mail.

4- Don’t forget to include your return address. This will allow your recipient to know who sent the card immediately. More importantly, it will ensure they have your most up-to-date address.

5- Add a personalized note. Even if you don’t wish to write a lengthy letter inside your cards, be sure to add a simple note of warm wishes. This makes your card seem personalized.

6- Get your holiday photos done now. If you intend to include a family picture, be sure to get it taken soon to allow enough time for the photos to be ordered and for your cards to reach their recipients before Christmas.


Be sure to stop by Above & Beyond to check out our selection of beautiful Christmas cards from Papyrus. We have boxed sets and individual cards. Happy writing!



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