The holidays are rapidly approaching (hard to believe!) and it's time to start thinking about the fun traditions awaiting us. Hot cocoa by the fire, Christmas pajamas, trimming the tree - everyone has their favorites. I think pretty much all holiday traditions are my favorite...I'm definitely one of those people who loves Christmas.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Christmas cards are a big deal in my world, being that I'm a Christmas fanatic and that I own a stationery company. In this day and age, though, I know some wonder if sending old fashioned Christmas cards are a thing of the past. I humbly present 5 reasons why that is most certainly not the case...
- If there were ever a time when physical mail was special, it's now. Think about it - mail used to be a much more integral part of your day than it is now - bills, important correspondence, personal photos and letters didn't have any other way to get to you. But now, we are inundated with that information at every second of the day. To receive something in the mail that isn't a credit card you have to shred is more unique than it ever was.
- A little gesture goes a long way. The holidays are a whirlwind of parties, coffee dates, family gatherings, and more. It can be hard to make sure you get face time in with everyone special in your life. A little note in the mail is definitely more thoughtful than a text (we get a million of those everyday, right?) and a great way to recognize friends and family.
- Keepsakes. Will you be printing off that email, text, or email and keeping it in a shoebox for your kids to read through one day? Probably not. Now, I know not everyone is sentimental, but I think everyone can appreciate how special it is to go through a keepsake box after many years have passed. Finding a stash of photos at my grandmother's house and spending time looking through them with my aunts, uncles, and cousins was such a special way to pass a Sunday afternoon.
- Practice your penmanship. OK this might not sound that fun to you, but it does to me and all of my fellow stationery / office supply junkies. We don't write anymore! It's all typing and fonts. Buy a fun pen and remember what it was like to take bee-yoo-tee-full notes back in high school.
- Share your style. Much like a wedding invitation, sending something printed in the mail definitely says a little something about your style. It's the one time of year to really let that shine. Are you a more modern type? Traditional? Snarky? Share some personality and make your friends laugh, smile, or "ooh" and "ahh" when they pull your correspondence out of their mailbox.
What do you think? Will you be sending out holiday cards this year?