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Sending holiday cards is a traditional, joyful way to express your sentiments to far away friends and family during the winter season. With electronic correspondence and social media being commonplace these days, receiving a customized holiday card in the mail will leave your acquaintances delighted and intrigued. Not only that, but physical holiday cards have long-lasting impressions – often set on a mantle or counter top through the duration of the season for everyone to pick up and see, rather than being deleted during one’s weekly inbox clean-up. If you’re thinking of personalizing your own holiday card with Purple Trail this year, check out out the following advice to ensure your holiday cards are a pleasure to read, and that your friends and family of all faiths are included.

To create a cheery holiday card you're comfortable sending to everyone, first design a card that lacks any religious messages, symbols, or figures. Stick to cards including phrases like "Seasons Greetings," "Happy New Year," and "Warmest Wishes This Winter" - all of which are appropriate for a wide range of friends and acquaintances, no matter their religious background. Waiting to send your holiday card until after the new year starts can also minimize the religious angle of the season.

Believe it or not, there is a certain etiquette to signing and folding holiday cards! Though it may seem unnecessary, following the steps below will add a touch of class and sophistication to your cards.
1. Sign your letter or card starting with dad’s name, then mom’s, followed by all children, listed from oldest to youngest.
Example: Paul, Patricia, Polly, and Paul Jr. Smith. If the recipients are well aware of your family’s last name, feel free to leave it off.
2. If your family includes a step-parent and step-children, sign the parents’ names on the top line, then the kids’ on the the following.
Example: Paul and Samantha Smith
Polly, Paul Jr., and Seth - - no last name is included on the kids’ line as Seth does not share the same last name as Polly and Paul Jr.
3. When stuffing your envelopes, be sure that the front of the card is facing the back of the envelope – that way, upon opening, the recipient sees the decorative side of the card first. When inserting, the fold of your card (if there is one) should be at the bottom of the envelope, with the opening of the card at the seal of the envelope. This way, removing and reading the card feels most natural and convenient!

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