Keeping in Touch

       Just like Santa makes his list and checks it twice, it’s time to do that with your Christmas card list.  Are you planning to send them?  Have you bought them yet? 

No!  What are you waiting for?

Sending and receiving Christmas cards expresses the joy of holiday–of contacting loved ones and important people in our lives.  It’s a tradition worth continuing, although perhaps in a less manic manner.

Go over your list.  Your circle of friends changes over time.  People move.  Make sure, since cards and postage cost so much, you’re sending only to those people who truly matter to you.

Lucky me!  I don’t have to go shopping for a card this year.  Mine is a picture from the book about me, ‘TWAS THE LATE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS.


I adore how that little boy is bopping his sister with his paddle ball.  Typical!  Inside the card says,

‘Tis the season . . .


But you don’t need this card, because, if you’ve followed my suggestions thus far, you’re already feeling confident that you can enjoy the season.  In fact, you’ve already finished a good portion of your shopping.  Right????

When buying a card, I recommend checking out the collection at this web-site  The site connects you to two hundred charitable organizations that offer cards and tribute cards to help fund their good works.  Whether your cause is animals, environment, health or education, they have cards for you.  Sending out their cards becomes not just a way to connect with friends, but also to help others.  That’s truly the Christmas spirit!

Perhaps you’ve decided to go the paperless, stampless route via the internet.  Cards that Give has them, too.

Do you have any helpful tips regarding cards?  Don’t keep them to yourself.

       In our next posting, November 18th, get ready for a Riot of Ribbons.


I’ll have instructions for a fun, easy to make, ribbon pillow that will add a festive touch to any chair or sofa.  (Mr. Claus is grateful when he discovers a decorative pillow where he can take a short break on Christmas Eve Night.)  In addition to the pillow pattern, there will be links to other crafters in the blog world.  You’re sure to find something to make that strikes your fancy.  Hope to see you back here on Monday.

Until then, let’s all strive for a stress-free, love-filled Christmas . . .


6 thoughts on “Keeping in Touch

  1. Thank you Ann! I’ve been bad on cards lately, usually think of them December 20th. haha! I’ll have to order some. Can’t wait to read about making a ribbon pillow!

    • Hopefully you’re inspired not to wait until the 20th or maybe you’ll just decide like the French (described in Caroline Hatton’s comment) to send them after the new year. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Since I live in HOT AZ I like to address my cards during the summer–it not only gets me a step ahead for the season, but somehow cools me off. Also, since I am a children’s book enthusiast I try to support illustrators who make cards or I buy book character cards after Christmas (on sale) for the next year.

    • Cathy, you do really plan ahead. I’ll bet you’re one calm lady during December. And I love your idea of buying book character cards during the post Christmas sales. Being organized and thinking ahead really helps!

  3. Two tips about cards: 1. I maintain an Access database containing names and addresses, and use it to print Avery self-stick addess labels. 2. I mail cards to foreign recipients first, usually during the week after Thanksgiving, because it takes a bit longer for them to get to their destinations.

    That said, the French tradition is not to send holiday cards by Dec. 31, but to send Happy New Year cards after Jan. 1, so I don’t receive good wishes from my French pals until then–except for year-round love vibes. One French friend who is creatively lazy about writing has proclaimed that as long as New Year cards are postmarked by April 1, they’re not late (for the same year). After all, she’s a retired university professor, and laziness is a superior form of intelligence.

  4. Maybe we should all do like the French. Sending cards after the holidays makes lots of sense. The writer is more relaxed and the receiver, sick of getting nothing but catalogs and bills, can appreciate a personal note even more.

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