OK, you may think of writing holiday cards as a chore, but I love Christmas cards — addressing them, writing the little note about family news, creating the photo collage I enclose with every card, and then adding a return address, stickers to decorate and finally one of the holiday stamps offered by the Postal Service.
And then there’s the return reward — getting holiday cards back from your family and friends and reading their notes and looking at their photos.
December is the perfect time to reach out to loved ones you may not have had the opportunity to contact throughout the year.
Making it Easy
As much as I love the entire process, there are folks who, as much as they love to hear from everyone during the holidays, would rather have a root canal than sit down and work on holiday cards.
The Postal Service to the rescue!
At the CardStore website, you can create one-of-a-kind greeting cards using personal photos, or choose from more than 50 card designs. Ordering online takes minutes and cards are printed and shipped the next business day. You can have the cards sent directly to your loved ones or to your home so that you can mail them from your local Post Office.
Prices start at just 79 cents per card.
2010 Holiday Stamp Offerings
Again this year, the Postal Service issued a Holiday Contemporary stamp — Evergreens Forever — and Holiday Traditional — Angel with Lute.
The holiday stamp tradition began in 1962 when the Post Office Department issued its first Christmas stamp in Pittsburgh, PA. When Postmaster General J. Edward Day dedicated the stamp, he said it would be the first in a series of Christmas stamps.
Anticipating a huge demand for the new Christmas stamp, the Department ordered 350 million printed — the largest number produced for a special stamp until that time. The green and red four-cent stamps featured a wreath, two candles, and the words Christmas 1962. The initial supply sold out quickly, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began working around the clock to print more. By the end of 1962 one billion of the stamps had been printed and distributed.
The decision to print a Christmas stamp encountered some controversy, especially from groups concerned about maintaining the separation of church and state. Legal actions to bar the stamps weren’t successful.
The Postal Service began recognizing other holidays when it issued the Hanukkah stamp in 1996, followed in 1997 by the Kwanzaa stamp and in 2001 by the Eid stamp.
So whether you enjoy sending holiday cards or not, the Postal Service can help you send these important greetings across the street or around the world.