Writing Christmas cards is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Ironically, I never remember this being something my family did. However, it was something I picked up as a young adult and do my best to keep up with every year. The tradition of Christmas Cards, and writing them is something I take very personally.
Although many spend hundreds of dollars on family photos and custom cards, I get the same satisfaction by hand choosing cards from the store and writing out a personalized greeting. I find Christmas cards at the most economic places, and they are just the cute as the expensive ones! If you are on a budget and still wanting to participate in this tradition, then check out the Dollar Tree or Big Lots. Even Walmart has affordable cards.
The real trick is to buy them after Christmas and keep them for next year!
Here is my real secret though…
I write Christmas cards because I absolutely love receiving them.There is nothing better than that printed card with pictures of family or friends, year after year. In fact, I always keep mine, so I can look back and see how much people have changed. As a tradition that started back in 1843, I am always happy to see it is still alive and well. Don’t get me wrong, singing elf ecards are fun, but there is just something special about opening a card addressed to my family. In this face paced world it’s fun to receive traditional mail.
Even though I get just as influenced as anyone else by the commercialization of Christmas. I try to pause my overbuying, over planning, and over stressing to kick back, put on a Hallmark Christmas movie and write some cards to friends and family. If you haven’t tried it before then give it a go! Get a small pack and exchange cards with friends, you can even make them yourself!
In the meantime, if you’re looking for some additional information on the start of this tradition check out the article below from Smithsonian Magazine.