HOLIDAY Greeting Card Etiquette

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    Nov 19, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    Another active thread is talking about adding personal notes to holiday greeting cards sent from a business, which I think is a good idea. But now I have a different question, for addressing the envelopes.

    It would be really easy for me to print up our entire holiday mailing list on address labels from my computer, and stick them on the envelopes. But some people have told me that's unacceptable, that holiday cards must always be addressed entirely by hand. We already use pre-printed return address labels with a holiday theme. BTW, I can add a holiday decorative motif to the labels with my software.

    What do gay men think, since that's the bulk of who'll be receiving our cards? Would it be better if I used a more casual script font? But I know the USPS doesn't like that for their optical scanners, one advantage of printed labels being better mail handling, with fewer returns.

    Naturally we sign the cards, including handwritten notes to our family & friends. But isn't an envelope just a conveyance, which should favor automated USPS efficiency over esthetics and outdated etiquette? As a final sympathy ploy, I'll mention that I have arthritis in my hands, and addressing many envelopes is physically difficult. Thanks for any opinions & advice! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    Well Bob, the first several years I did business cards I spent the time (with the help of a single assistant) to sign and address over 300 cards in some cases. It took WAY too long....

    I remember once flying home from Toronto and addressing Christmas cards in October. A woman across the aisle even asked me if I was addressing Christmas cards. Upon the positive reply, she was stunned and asked me what I did for a living. I told her and she made positive comments. But I was a dumbass.. I didn't even hand her a business card....

    Back to your question... I went to mailing labels for the envelopes (even for personal cards). Since I also sign my name (even if the cards are imprinted), I feel that makes it personal enough. What bothers me are those people who use mailing labels and imprint cards, but there is NOTHING personal about the card in the least.


    You left something out Bob..... do you sent out a generic " Update" about
    the individual (or family) copied off for all to read? I actually dislike those.
    Abeit, with your partner's illness this fall, I can see why you would do it and it be acceptable.

    I hope this helps.

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    Nov 19, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYou left something out Bob..... do you sent out a generic " Update" about the individual (or family) copied off for all to read? I actually dislike those.
    Abeit, with your partner's illness this fall, I can see why you would do it and it be acceptable.

    I hope this helps.

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    Yes, thanks. My handwritten note tends to be of a general nature but still personalized, avoiding the coldly generic & formulaic. I'm sensitive to the possibility the cards will be displayed, so I make the notes suitable for that, but I still try to tailor my remarks to the recipient(s). Special thank-you cards are an exception, because of the nature of the message, and the reduced chance they'd be displayed publicly.
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    Nov 19, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    I have my staff hand address their top accounts. With the balance of the mailing list we run them directly through the laser printer (using a casual font) rather than applying labels. And always always always use a Holiday stamp!
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    Nov 19, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    I hadn't even really considered doing that. I'm pretty sure that most of my customers would rather get their reports two weeks sooner than getting another piece of junk mail.

    Thinking about it, I do get a few cards from business contacts, but they don't make much of an impression on me.

    There is a slightly different tradition in the local farm economy that works for me. Unfortunately, it's only practical for businesses who's clients are all local. (And who have spare time!) Usually the big suppliers - the feed store, the spray-plane operator, the fruit-brokers, even the bee-keeper and the insurance agent sometimes - give out some small imprinted gift to all of their farm accounts. Nothing special - a serving bowl, a spatula, a thermometer, a gallon of honey, a case of canned fruit... But sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they bring it around in person. If they catch you at a good time, they'll sit and have a cup of coffee and visit for a while.

    One more thing that's slipping into the past, I suppose.