How to Make a Holiday Card Meaningful

To preface this post, I have to start with a little disclaimer. I am the worst at writing cards. I never quite know what to write in them. The thing about holiday cards is that you want them to be meaningful, but authentically meaningful, not like you're trying too hard. At this time of the year, I'm sure that you're sending out quite a few, whether they're to friends or to family.

While I don't think that I'm the best at writing holiday cards, here are a few things that I've learned are best for making a holiday card meaningful. 

make your own card.

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I've mentioned making your own card ALL the time, but that's because I'm such a strong believer that making your own card for the recipient goes a long way. If you're not the best at writing letters, making your own card demonstrates appreciation instead of reciting it. It's like what your English teacher tells you, "Show, don't tell." A handmade card shows the recipient that you are willing to put in the time and effort to make them happy which can go a lot further than just saying "I'm thankful for having you in my life."

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write an anecdote or a story. 

Whenever I have to write cards, I think that writing an anecdote can be particularly helpful. Since sometimes I feel a little pressure to make a card perfect, doing a little storytelling can help me to relax a bit and find my writing flow a little bit better instead of sitting at the table having no idea how to start. You can write a story about yourself, about the recipient of the card, or maybe just a fun story that you think is worth sharing. Writing a little story is a great way to ease into writing a card for your own sake, but it also feels a lot more authentic than following the basic "I hope you are well" niceties.

draw a doodle.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so if you want to write a meaningful holiday card, show it with images. Whether it's just a cute little doodle that'll make them smile or just a scribble that is your way of saying "just for you, I tried", a picture can make a holiday card unique. Instead of the typical cookie-cutter layout of a written card, a drawing can convey your appreciation in a more fun way.

attach a photo. 

Like how the doodle can be meaningful in its ability to capture a message, a photograph can be a great way to remind whoever you're writing to about a meaningful time. For brownie points, you can even attach a photo AND write an anecdote commenting on that time and recalling it. Whether it's a cute photo of you and the recipient during a particularly memorable event or it's a photo of something silly that you want to highlight, a photo can definitely spice up a holiday card.

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