It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be jolly and to do all the falalalaing. In high school, being in band meant playing holiday music in September. Now, September means holiday cards. Since 2009, I’ve been sending holiday cards to a motley crew of real-life friends, online friends, and families all over the world. I start doing all this in September because I usually have a huge stack to send. In 2010, I sent 62 cards. Last year, I only sent 30. This year, it’s looking like I’ll be sending around 40-50 cards.
Chantelle asked me what my techniques were. Honestly, I don’t really have any techniques. Instead, I have sheer determination to be on top of things and to be organised with all the cards and addresses. If anything, I do have a process in place, and it involves the following:
Step 1: Compile a list of people.
Step 2: Contact people to confirm and/or receive their snail mail addresses.
Step 3: Organise the list of names and addresses into a Word file and print a hardcopy.
Step 4: Go buy stamps for cards heading to the United States.
Step 5: Handwrite all addresses on the envelopes.
Step 6: Handwrite all personal messages in the cards.
Step 7: Tape down all the envelopes.
Step 8: Put stamps on the United States bound cards.
Step 9: Go to the post office on base and mail the US cards and some international cards.
Step 10: Go to the Korean post office and mail the rest of the international cards heading to other Asian countries and Australia.
This entire process takes me about 1-3 weeks, depending on how fast I can get them done. I generally try to ship out the cards by mid-November because I want them to reach their destinations before the actual holidays. I do a lot of my card prep either at work in between shift or at a coffee shop. This is what I do around this time of the year, the one old-fashioned holiday tradition that I haven’t forsaken.
Do you do holiday cards? What are some old-fashioned holiday tradition you do?