Personalised Luxury Christmas Card Etiquette

November 13, 2015

In this modern era some good old fashioned etiquette holds just as true today as it did then. Agreed, some rules aren’t as relevant any more but some even more so. Plus with the extra commercialisation of Christmas increasing every time the festive season comes around there’s modern etiquette that develops as well.

So here at The Letter Press of Cirencester we decided to review old and emerging etiquette rules around Personalised Luxury Christmas Card giving and receiving.

Environmental Issues for Personalised Christmas Cards

There was a report which stated that 952 million single, non-multipack greeting cards were sold in 2012. But is the paper used to make them having a detrimental impact on our environment? The GCA argues that 90% of cards come from sustainably-farmed trees. So if trees are grown and harvested correctly then the environmental impact of Christmas cards is relatively very low. Even The Woodland Trust states it is not necessarily against sending cards, as long as we are careful and not wasteful which is a theme you will see running through this article.

Bulk Christmas Card Buying

Luxury Christmas card sales make charities enormous amount of money every year and after all Christmas is a time to be charitable. But bulk buying can lead to waste and also is it correct etiquette and a potential social faux pas. After all your friends will get the same card and they may see them on their mantelpieces. But we don’t really think it’s an issue. Choose your personalised Christmas card designs carefully, and everyone will love it. Plus they’d have to be lacking in Christmas spirit to think this wasn’t correct etiquette. All the luxury Christmas Cards at The Letter Press of Cirencester are personalised and printed just for you, which says so much more about you and the friends and family you are sending them too.  

Religious or Arty Christmas Cards

These days Christmas is celebrated across the world by many different religions and those with no religion at all. But should we be concerned if we choose a religious Christmas designed cards to send to our friends who we know aren’t religious or follow other beliefs? Or conversely, should be we be concerned if we’re sending an cartoon Santa enjoying one too many to our Christian friends. Well history states that the earliest Christmas Card recorded didn’t show a religious scene but more images of the season such as holly, robins and family get togethers. So really it’s the thought that counts – if you’re sending someone good wishes for the festive season that’s what really matters. Christmas is all about giving, sending love and spending time with those special to you.

To write or not to write in the Christmas card?

Most luxury Christmas cards these days have a festive generic message already printed inside, so just signing your name underneath while communicating the right message doesn’t really convey the right sentiments of the season. The point of the Christmas card is to show the recipient that you’ve been thinking about them individually but writing different messages to each individual can be very time consuming and wearing. So the solution is easy, get your luxury Christmas Cards personalised and printd at The Letter Press of Cirencester with an individual message printed on the inside and then the quality and luxury of the Christmas cards will convey all your festive sentiments in one.

Aren’t Christmas Cards a bit out of date?

In this modern era of texts, tweets and en mass Facebook posts luxury Christmas cards are more relevant then ever. Online communications dominate our lives on a minute by minute basis so steering away from these and back to traditional themes at Christmas is essential. Christmas Card giving plays a strong part of the run up to Christmas. After all Christmas is all about traditions.

Personalised Christmas Card Etiquette

Like Birthdays there is something not quite right about giving a present without a card. It’s an unwritten rule we all adhere too, it’s just the right way to do things. Greeting cards show more about the art and thought of giving rather than the raw cost of the present itself. If you want to follow good old fashioned Christmas Card etiquette maybe keep these guidelines in mind. But they are just guidelines.

The Husbands name should come first and before the wife’s – although this could cause a little pre-festive argument after all it’s generally the female in a relationship that buys, writes and sends the cards!

If Christmas cards are personaslied and pre-printed, then the surname should be crossed through for recipients on first-name terms with the senders. 

It is OK to include a short personal letter when the card is to friends or relatives who are rarely seen. However, the general round-robin newsletter, or photographs of the family and pets, are not considered acceptable these days, they’ve had their day. But don’t rule them out – some relatives miss seeing family and friends so much a lovely photograph showing how much the kids have grown can be really appreciated.

Personalised luxury Christmas cards are an expression of festive goodwill and so the sending of cards should be in this spirit, rather than as a means of self-promotion. Companies can send Christmas cards to their business contacts but they should not be self promoting.

Send Christmas Cards via Royal Mail with a stamp is the ideal if hand delivering isn’t an option but avoid putting personal cards through the office franking machine.

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