The tradition of sending a Christmas card to friends and family dates back to England in the mid-19th century. In the US today, approximately two billion holiday greeting cards are mailed every year. Sending out an end-of-the-year card helps update loved ones on big announcements or going-ons in the family and spreads a bit of holiday cheer. After the dumpster fire that was 2020, we think it’s safe to say everyone could use an extra sprinkle or two of holiday magic. As the twinkling, tinseled light at the end of the tunnel draws nearer, the long-loved Christmas card is the perfect place to start the festivities.
If there were ever a time to pick up this snail mail tradition, this is the year to do it. Mailing Christmas cards is a 100% COVID-friendly way to stay connected with loved ones. It’s more affordable than buying a Santa-sack’s worth of presents, and the feel-good benefits are mutual.
While a Christmas card can’t change a year’s worth of bad news, finding a way to laugh at the chaos has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, and these 2020-themed holiday greeting cards do just that.
This is the first time in our lifetimes anyone’s ever had to think about planning the holidays in a bubble, so why not immortalize this bonkers time in history with a sleek, grown-up Christmas card? Customize this card from Mallory Hope Design with your own text, colors, and patterns.
Sending well wishes can make you feel extra warm and cozy this year, or maybe it’s just the flames from the dumpster fire? Either way, this tongue-in-cheek seasonal greeting from Bloomwolf Studio is bound to offer a smile and warm fuzzy or two.
Jokes aside, there’s plenty to be thankful for this season—good health in particular. Getting to enjoy the holidays is a luxury not all were afforded this year, and this holiday greeting card from Happily Ever Krafter Co. raises a glass to getting to see another new year.
As far as long-lasting impressions go, Rudolph’s got nothing on 2020. Add some humor to the traditional photo Christmas card from NOLA Lou Lou, and make it your own with special add-ons like craft envelopes and paper; end-of-the-year reviews; or printable gift tags.
The year 2020 was when everything went digital: work, school, family dinners, cocktail hours, birthday parties, concerts, and more all switched to a video conference format, causing everyone everywhere to say, “please make sure your mic is muted” more times than ever thought possible. Commemorate the new public forum with this ultra-cute card from Top Hat and Monocle.
This year could make hardened cynics out of even the brightest of optimists, and can anyone really blame a skeptic world view these days? Celebrate the (supposed) best time of the year with a short, sweet, and snarky Christmas card from Kings Design Studio.
“I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole” probably sounds like music to the CDC’s ears after months of people ignoring social distancing protocol. Poke a bit of lighthearted fun at the folks up top with this greeting card from Spaghetti Meatballs.
“I’ll be home for Christmas” doesn’t have the same nostalgic ring to it after quarantining at home for eight months straight, but it makes for a good Christmas card. Mallory Hope Design offers another hilarious take on classic seasonal greetings with this customizable creation.
Health care workers, educators, grocery store workers, gas station attendants, and food service employees have been working through the pandemic since the beginning. Celebrate their dedication to the community’s greater good with this cute elf-themed card from Ris For Robo.
So maybe quarantine doesn’t have everyone putting their most put-together foot forward, but hey, we’re all trying our best. The Pinwheel Print Shop knew that even Santa Claus was bound to succumb to the sweatpants-wearing, split-ends-having, quarantine-belly trends of 2020.
The Tips, Tricks, and Unspoken Etiquette of Christmas Cards
For those mailing out Christmas cards for the first time this year, the idea of addressing, signing, enveloping, stamping, and mailing cards to every single family member, friend, and co-worker can seem a little daunting. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be. Don’t let stress get the best of you this season! Follow these handy tips, tricks, and unspoken rules of the long-lived holiday tradition.
- Buy your supplies ahead of time. If you’re sending out piles of snail mail this year, the singular sheet of stamps you keep on hand for the stray paper bill might not cut it. Luckily, the US Postal Service’s website offers a store where you can choose from a wide range of seasonal and decorative stamps delivered right to your door.
- Know when to send your cards. To guarantee your Christmas cards aren’t showing up on the 29th, plan to send your seasonal greetings the first week of December. Make sure to double-check shipping times on your card orders to ensure you won’t be frantically slapping stamps on a last-minute arrival of pre-made cards.
- Lists are your friend. Keeping track of cousins, co-workers, college roommates, and everyone in between can be tricky. Avoid the risk of forgetting someone’s name in the mix by keeping a detailed list of recipients, including their relationship to you, and cross off names as you sort your letters.
- Keep it personal or professional when necessary. Adding a short, handwritten note to close friends and family helps keep a printed card from being too impersonal. But depending on your work relationships, it might be best to keep cards going to managers, bosses, or colleagues professional and formal.
- Don’t forget the return address. Sending a Christmas card is a great way to update loved ones on a change of address, but only if you include the address. A return address also helps the recipient know who sent the card and where to send one back next year.