Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to Save $ on Christmas Cards

Look out, it's almost that time of year. In a few weeks, they'll start invading your house. You know what I'm talking about. Yep, the annual Christmas letters.

If you are one of those people who send an impersonal form letter to all of your friends and family, realize this: WE ALL MAKE FUN OF YOU.

Seriously. ALL OF US. We get together and have parties and read your letter out loud and laugh at it.

The letter is not cool. Stop doing it. Nobody is impressed by the list of crap you bought or accomplished throughout the year. Nobody cares that you took a business trip to Cleveland. Nobody cares if your kid got the lead in the school play. No one wants to hear the oozing details of your knee surgery.

So, save yourself some money (and a trip to Staples) and forego that 200-pack of 8.5 x 11 Christmas paper. Nobody wants to read the usual crap you print. Unless you say something nice. So, think about it. Send a personalized handwritten note. Maybe something like, "Give peace a chance in 2011" or "You're the funkiest, freshest cat I know." Don't have time? Please. If you don't have time to scratch "I love you, man. Your fave cat, Bede" at the bottom of a card, then you need to brush up on your social skills.

All you need is some paper and some envelopes. I bet you have some in a drawer somewhere. Who are you trying to impress with fancy stamps and letterpress printing in gold ink? It's the words, man. It's the words you use and that has the power to make someone feel great. Cost: $0.

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