I almost didn’t write this post because I thought it may be too obvious. But I’ve had a couple conversations over the last couple weeks where I’ve been the sole person in the group who didn’t know or do what everyone else did and I thought “Why have I never known this?! It seems so obvious, but I would have never figured it out myself.”
So, in the spirit of “Why have I never known this?!”, I share this tip with you.
Christmas Card Mailing List
- Create a spreadsheet with the addresses of everyone to whom you send Christmas cards.
- In January, create a folder on your computer titled ‘Christmas Card (that year)’.
- Open the previous years’ address spreadsheet and save it as the current year.
- Throughout the year, as people move, edit addresses. This way, it’s not a huge, daunting task to get addresses as you’re addressing cards. The spreadsheet serves as a digital address book of sorts.
- Bonus Points: Save the file on the cloud (we use Dropbox) so that you can access it on your phone for any other times you’re in need of an address.
Go through the list each year in November and make any necessary edits. Thankfully, we are at a life phase where most of the edits are adding new babies and not having to take names off due to deaths.
By the time your Christmas cards arrive (I aim to order them on Black Friday, when I’ve found the biggest discounts), addresses are ready to go.
In typical ‘me’ fashion, I go with efficiency and print labels. I know that some people feel strongly about hand addressing, and more power to them. But I’m all about a Microsoft mail merge export from the spreadsheet to an Avery labels template. From spreadsheet to printed labels takes less than 5 minutes.
Christmas cards arrive the first week in December (unless Tiny Print has a printing delay…….) and labels are ready to go. We have a return address stamp and postage stamps are purchased in November. Which means that instead of a rushed attempt to get everything for the card designed, printed and mailed in a hurried frenzy before Christmas, everything is ready in the beginning of December and the cards can be stuffed, sealed & stamped sitting on our cozy couch, taking my time while enjoying White Christmas.
It takes a little planning ahead and self-discipline, but it’s totally worth it to me for the latter.
P.S. After you’ve finished sending your Christmas cards, simplify Christmas gift giving by using this free printable and simplify holiday meals with this free printable.