To simplify your holiday traditions so you can stress less and enjoy them more, a great place to start is to de-clutter and simplify your greeting card list! Here are some tips for choosing who to take off your list:
1. People who don’t send you cards. (including family members). Obviously they must not care about getting any if they don't send any, right?
2. People who are business / school acquaintances. Does your doctor really care if you send a holiday card? If they display their cards, or thank you for it, or send you one, maybe they do. In that case, send one. Otherwise, take them off the list.
3. People who understand your need to simplify. Talk to your friends and family and ask them if they really care about getting cards, if not, agree to not exchange cards. You might be surprised how many other people are ready to cut back their lists too.
4. People who won’t mind if you just send them a digital e-card! One way to simplify is to use an online greeting card service such as Plaxo.com that lets you design your own card and send it to individuals, groups or to your entire email list at once!
5. A great trend for making the holidays more meaningful is the practice of sending out donations in lieu of cards. Why not take the take the money you would spend on cards and donate it to a favorite local children’s charity? You might even be able to get a group of family and friends to all commit to do the same. How great is that?
People to keep on the list:
1. Family members & friends who send you cards regularly and really love sending & getting cards.
2. Older people who don't get a lot of cards, don't have computers, and for whom receiving a card means a lot to them. I love sending cards to the parents of friends of mine who have been kind to me. They especially appreciate receiving a card when they have recently lost a loved one.
The most important part of sending a card is how it will make the recipients feel. If they don't really care, why bother? Simplify your list and have a happy and healthy holiday!