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.
The man in red has been booted for the even more elusive gallon jug of sanitizer. Give the real star of the season the spotlight with this punny Santa-tizer greeting card from Peak Branding.
What better way to work through feelings of existential dread than in song? An all-too-relevant twist on a classic holiday hit, this card from Saucy Avocado will have you caroling through the pain in no time.
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.
Don’t let travel restrictions and 14-day quarantines keep you from connecting with loved ones this year. Five Dot Post offers a minimalistic way to spread some good cheer over the holidays from miles away.
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.
Alcohol is bound to be in high demand this holiday season, but we’re not just talking about brandy for the eggnog. Send glad tidings of joy and ample hand sanitizer with Caz Draws Things’ hilarious card made on eco-friendly recycled paper.
“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.
Immortalize the year that Purell, Lysol, and Germ-X were the name brands flying off the shelves with this punny, snarky card from Cambridge Cir. Studios. This shop also offers holographic stickers of their rebranded sanitizer, complete with the tagline: “99.99% sure to totally suck.” Truth joke.
Speaking of truth jokes, if you were looking for a way to passive-aggressively call out your COVID-denying relatives, BE Paperie’s got you covered. A little tough love never hurt anyone, right?
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.
Last Christmas, we had no way of knowing the profound impact a nationwide toilet paper shortage would have on quarantining derrieres everywhere. Reflect on simpler times with this greeting card from Requin Prints.
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.
Nothing brings a family together quite like a year-long quarantine. Celebrate your newfound togetherness (so much togetherness) with this new take on the classic photo collage Christmas card by Cards Etcetera. You can even opt for at-home printing!
The idea of gifting a partridge in a pear tree was arguably already outdated, but Paper Jam Print Co. gave us the revamped 2020-edition of this long-listed carol we never knew we needed until now.
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.