I know that there have been many attempts to dissuade us from sending Christmas cards such as donating to a charity the amount you would usually spend on the cards. I think this is an excellent idea for the workplace where you may end up sending a card to someone you hardly speak to just because they sent a card to you. After all, if we are all honest with the spiralling cost of Christmas not many of us would choose December to make a donation. This way the charities are not forgotten at Christmas. I am a little more cynical about businesses doing this at Christmas as I think that some (not necessarily all) will do this to cut their Christmas Card budget and work time it takes get all the correct people to sign the correct card.
However, in the spirit of Christmas past, I think it is a nice touch to hand make Christmas cards for your nearest and dearest. If you are worried about your artistic credentials, don’t be, as you do not have to be an artist to create a pretty Christmas card for your Mum or Dad. Make a start by looking up card making tips in google or go to the All About Women website which frequently features new craft ideas such as card making. I like to think of it as a Blue Peter for grownups.
If you have children, why not turn it into some family time as children will love to make a card for Grandma or Grandad. Afterall, if you think back to your Blue Peter days the ‘How to make something’ part of the show was avidly watched by all children.
If you think it is far too soon to be thinking about Christmas cards, well you are probably right, but with the weather turning cooler for the start of October, don’t leave it until November before you think about it, there will be too many other things to do by then.