Sending Christmas Cards

As the days become shorter and the winter nights set in, greetings card shops across the country begin restocking their shelves with the familiar flurry of festive cards. There is no better way to convey your sentiments to loved ones at this time of year than by putting them into words inside stunning seasonal stationery. The more contemporary custom of creating personalised Christmas cards is perfecting for bringing a modern twist to an established tradition to make your correspondence even more thoughtful and truly unique.

Sending Christmas cards

Why do we send Christmas cards?

Christmas cards are a way to wish friends and family both near and far all the best for the holiday season and new year. The tradition dates back to 1843, when John Horsley designed the first Christmas card as a way to boost the use of the newly established Post Office. Needless to say, the idea snowballed, and 180 years on over 900 million Christmas cards are sent every year in the UK alone! While a text message or e-card are efficient methods for getting the message across, nothing can replace the feeling of excitement as you rip open a berry red envelope addressed to you. Most Christmas cards are 100% recyclable and can be easily repurposed and upcycled, making them sustainable as well as sentimental. Check out our suggestions on what to do with old Christmas cards for more ideas.

When to send Christmas cards?

To ensure your friends and family can enjoy your cards throughout the yuletide season, send your Christmas cards in the first week or second week of December. When you have taken the time to create personal stationery with heartfelt messages, it is only right to give the lucky recipients plenty of time to display them, especially when it comes to business Christmas cards! Santa isn’t the only one who is busy delivering parcels in December, so sending your holiday cards sooner rather than later is a sure-fire way of avoiding delays. The last UK Royal Mail Christmas posting date is typically 5 working days before the 25th December and you can always deliver the cards to your local loved ones in person for the ultimate festive surprise!

Who to send Christmas cards to?

Everyone has their own address lists when it comes to sending Christmas cards. Whether you choose to send traditional Christmas cards to all your friends and family or just those you haven’t managed to catch up with this year, the important thing is finding a card design that represents you and your family, then personalising it with a thoughtful message. Photo Christmas cards are wonderful for updating everyone on your year’s big news or for sending to a select few family members who will frame the photo! For those who you would like to present with a present as well, bookmark Christmas cards will beautifully complement your gift of this year’s bestselling book.

When to order Christmas cards

We know how many things you will have to organise during the holiday season, so it is certainly worth thinking about ordering your customised Christmas cards well in advance. Here at Rosemood, we treat every order as if it were our own, which is why we offer a complimentary retouching service on your Christmas card order. This includes layout enhancement and text proofreading, which will take place before your cards are printed at our very own atelier. Our foil Christmas cards require a few extra working days to allow us to manually apply the luxurious gold foil to your stationery using the vintage Heidelberg press. Take a look at our Christmas delivery page for this year’s need-to-know dates for your seasonal preparations. If you are running a little behind schedule this year, don’t worry! Our New Year cards are ideal for sending out between mid-December and mid-January as a great alternative for celebrating the holidays.