Christmas in July? Who wants to think about the holidays when they are having fun in the sun? Now is the time to be in planning mode for Christmas- seriously…. I know. I happen to live with the Grinch and he does not believe holiday decor should appear until December 1. But, you CAN plan now and it will make a difference. Think about your holiday cards. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had your cards ready to mail out by the first of December? You can! Here’s how……
Step one: Holiday cards need addresses
Get into that address book NOW to update and clean it out! There are 3 reasons for this:
- You will know how many cards to purchase or to create.
- Postage can be calculated and added into your holiday budget
- Address labels allow you to be intentional.
The beauty of address labels for greeting cards
After cleaning and organizing the address book, create labels. Address labels are intentional for several reasons because labels can be created and saved. So next year, tweaking the greeting card list will be a breeze. Most importantly, using labels can cut your time with hand addressing each card and more time means less stress.
I usually purchase labels like these from Walmart. Using clear labels is amazing because they allow for addresses to be printed in a variety of fonts and colors. Foiled labels are now available in gold and silver and would jazz up the envelope.
Step two: Start planning the photo shoot for your holiday cards.
Family and friends love photos. Using a photo Christmas card or just putting a photo inside a ready made card or your holiday newsletter will bring a smile to everyone’s face.
How about using photos from your vacation? While traveling, keep holiday cards in mind because a really awesome spot for a photo could appear and would be perfect for a card or as an insert. While on vacation this year, several people asked if I would take a photo for them. After the photo, I told them to remember to use the photo for their Christmas or Hanukkah card because people love getting photos!
Step 3: Budget, Purchase, and Prepare Holiday Cards
Guess what? With the address book up to date, you have an accurate count and total so you can buy postage and cards early. Why? Buying things early will help spread out your budgeted holiday money over several months. Each time you go to the grocery store, buy stamps and put them in your Holiday binder because fighting the crowds at the post office in December is no fun. Also, watch on-line sales around Labor Day or Halloween when it comes to photo holiday cards because many sites have sales or offer prints for 50% off.
Do you need more help planning and budgeting for the holidays? Don’t frog-get to hop over to Sweet Tea and Saving Grace to print out a great holiday binder. Then, you can add the Holiday Card Planning and Budget Guide printable to keep your holiday cards organized and on budget.
Wasn’t that easy? Of course it was because there are only three easy, intentional, and doable steps to get those holiday cards and holiday greeting out on time. The best part: there’s no stress when you plan and start early.
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