Forget Hallmark This Christmas: Make Your Own Greeting Cards

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a prepackaged card that says nothing personal but a signature and a “Merry Christmas”. C’mon, people! You can do better than that!

Okay, I won’t judge you if you buy Hallmark cards. But I WILL tell you that I am never touched by professional greeting cards and what they say. Only the cards from loved ones who actually write actual notes inside are kept longer than a week.

I know it’s last minute, but these won’t take you very long, and they’ll warm the hearts of those you love.

This holiday season, take an extra 10 minutes and make your own. Here’s a quick list of ideas to help you shoot off a few personalized greeting cards that will make it into your loved one’s box of sentimental keepsakes.

Are you ready? Pick one of these themes per card and go!

  • List 5 things you admire about the recipient.
  • List 3 areas you’ve noticed the recipient has grown as a person.
  • List your 3 favorite memories involving that person for 2008 (or ever if you rarely see them).
  • Tell 3 of their character qualities you hope to emulate in the coming year.
  • Create an imaginary vacation that involves things you and the recipient both enjoy and summarize the details, including a few ups and downs of the trip (think up one believable embarrassing moment!)
  • List six famous people that are similar to your friend. Describe the similarities, being sincere and not overly complimentary.
  • Write a Family Christmas Letter: a summary of 2008 as it happened in the life of your family, and include a family photo. It’s okay if they get your Christmas letter a few days late. It’s a summary of the year, so receiving it between Christmas and New Year’s is just as fitting. This one’s great because you can write it once, then print or copy for everyone on your Christmas card list. You might not connect with as many people, as only your closest friends and family may save these mementos, but it’s infinitely more intimate than a signed greeting card.

There you go. More than enough fodder to get your creative juices flowing. It’s Christmas Eve, so take a few minutes today or tonight and write at least one personalized Christmas card for someone you love.

I promise you this: the ONLY cards I keep include personal moments that I couldn’t bear to forget. Saving those cards and letters is an investment in memorializing my family history.

Happy Holidays to all!

By Daniel Dessinger

Daniel founded CultureFeast in 2005, co-founded Mommypotamus in 2009, and writes frequently about self-awareness.

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