Tis the Season | Holiday Cards

by Mindy Lockard on November 9, 2016

It’s almost that time of year, the most wonderful time of the year. A season full of traditions and time with those near and far. One tradition that is dear to my heart is the holiday card. While social media keeps me connected to my friends and family, I absolutely love receiving a beautiful photo card or letter in the mail. So today I’ve partnered with Basic Invite to offer a few tips for for keeping this year’s greetings gracious both inside and out!

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When to order
No time like the present! I like to order my cards in advance and pop them in the mail after Thanksgiving.  I simply love decorating my mantle and door way with the faces of our friends and family.  Sending cards early allows me to enjoy receiving holiday cards as they arrive in my mailbox and not weighed down by the burden of getting them out.  Visit Basic Invite and use promo code HOLI30 for 30% off your holiday card order!

Picking the Card

It’s always helpful to pick a card that best represents your family and your year!

From brightly colored cards {pop of color}

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Formal {Peace on Earth}

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or even cards that simply sum up the year {Year Snap Shot} without a lengthy letter, each card should best fit your families style.

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On the Card
When it comes to holiday cards, the message and the family name matters most. What personalizes cards is our names. Knowing a few gracious guidelines for printing your name will help you send your very best: In etiquette, it’s always “Ladies first” which means the woman’s name always goes before the man, when printing the family names inside a holiday card, remember: ladies first, and then children. Here are some examples:

The Lockard Family
Mindy, Ty, Elle, and Maggie
Mindy and Ty Lockard
Elle and Maggie

Mindy and Ty Lockard
The Envelope
The rule of etiquette, says the printing on the envelope should match the card. If there’s handwriting on the inside, then the envelope should be handwritten. If it’s printed, then the envelope should be printed. Here are some examples of how to write out your family name. I always like to handwrite a personal message on my cards and then hand address my envelopes, but that’s just me. Here are a few suggestions for writing or printing your envelopes.

Married Couple
Formal: Mr. and Mrs. Ty Lockard
Casual: Mindy and Ty Lockard

Family (with children’s names)
Mr. and Mrs. Ty Lockard
Isabelle and Maggie
Mindy and Ty Lockard
Isabelle and Maggie

Family (without children’s names)
Formal: The Ty Lockard Family
Casual: The Lockard Family

Unmarried Couple
Ms. Mindy Knight
Mr. Ty Lockard

Christmas List: Who to send to?
When it comes to etiquette, I always believe you cast your net wide in sending greetings to friends, family and colleagues. Before you order cards, go through your list and update, prune if necessary (perhaps that coach of your daughter’s soccer team, 5 seasons and three sports ago can be taken off), and add new 2016 friends. Always plan to have an extra 20–125 cards so that when a card arrives from friends not on your original list, you can reciprocate. And make sure to update your list when those cards do arrive, so that you have them for the next year.

Seasons greetings my gracious girls here’s to always putting our most gracious foot (or should I say card) forward!

This post was brought to you by Basic Invite, the love of holiday cards and etiquettes are my own! 

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