It’s time to write Christmas cards. It sounds like a fun festive activity until you actually have to tackle it. Then it seems like a huge tedious task. Questions fill your procrastinating mind. How many cards do you need to send? Should you go out and buy cards first? Or make a list of people to write them to first? Happily, there’s nothing we love more at Ink drops HQ then creating a list so here is a step by step guide to writing cards.
- Are you sending actually cards or e-cards/ Or a combination of both? If you are sending e-cards then steps 3, 8, 11 and 12 are still possibly useful.
- Dig out any cards you already have. Feel free to include blank cards that have a suitably festive feel.
- Make a list of everyone you might possibly want to send a card to. Think broadly – family, friends, neighbours, members of social groups or clubs, work colleagues, penpals. If you have time you might want to do this over several days.
- Time to go through your list. If you have a significant other you will want to do this together and if you have children why not get them involved? Remember this is a fun, festive activity!
- Nest, go through your list and put people into the following groups: overseas, UK post, hand delivery. Feel free to remove people on your way through.
- Work out how many cards you need for each group, then purchase extras if necessary.
- Allocate your supplies. Start with the overseas group. These will need to be posted first. Of course, they will also likely need the largest envelopes – save the teeny tiny cards for hand delivery. Allocate cards to each of the 2 other groups.
- Set a date to write the cards for each group (see step 5) and chase up any unknown addresses. If you do each group over 1-2 evenings this week you can be done by the end of November. Add to your planner.
- Write the cards. Spend time digging out metallic gel pens for this task before realising that they no longer work. Switch to a reliable fountain pen. Take time and recall happy memories of each recipient as you (or your partner or children) write the card.
- After writing and addressing, take the cards to the Post Office after covering with festive stickers. The Post Office website has last posting dates but don’t put it off!
- File your lists of recipients for future use and put away any spare cards.
- Pat yourself on the back for completing this task (what’s next?) and imagine the delight when your festive missives are opened.