How to Survive the Season of Cards

Hello, there! This will be my last post for a couple of days since I’m away on an impromptu school trip until Sunday. Now, you probably know that I do tend to get stuck in the topic of beauty, so I’ll be doing a Christmas-related one today!

CARDS. An inescapable part of Christmas. Not as anticipated as much as presents, not hated as much as an overcooked brussels sprout. They’re just…well, there. Here is my guide to writing excellent ones with minimum effort, making them look pretty and, above all, how to survive the season of cards.

Step 1: Find the perfect cards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             It’s a bit hit and miss here. We often buy charity ones, but if those are unavailable for any reason, then I recommend you head to the nearest pound shop when you need large quantities. If not, head to a post office or stationary store for some slightly less tacky ones. Christmas markets are also great.

On designing your own: simple and/or stylized with some sort of quote (or non-quote) on the front. Go for bold colour. Cut the card into different shapes. Experiment.

Xmas card

Step 2: Write the perfect message.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Okay, so the majority of cards have a printed message in them. They key here is not to leave that do the talking, but, on the other hand, not to write an exact copy. That’s just boring. By now, you may well be thinking ‘There’s no way I’m spending 10 minutes on each of my 28 cards like this person will probably suggest.’ I assure you, 10 minutes is really too much if you’re giving a card to someone you’ve only had a handful of conversations with. Do a modern twist on the old fashioned ‘merry Christmas’. I usually write something along the lines of ‘have an awesomely awesome Christmas’. For closer friends and family, spend a bit more time to write a more personal message. One about their pet hate (or love) goes down well, if you’re stuck for ideas.

Step 3: Don’t go into overkill on the envelope.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Keep it nice and plain: neatly write the name, underline it freehand and be done with it.

Card envelope example

Step 4: Take action on your cards as soon as you receive them.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Put the envelope in recycling as soon as you get it, and place the card on the mantelpiece (or also put that in the recycling). Make sensible decisions over whether you really need to keep that piece of paper from the person-you-don’t-know-the-name-of who sits five spaces to your left. You’ll never look at it again.

Step 5: Do not go over the top: cards are just cards. Embrace the Christmas spirit.                                                                                                                                                             This one speaks for itself.

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