Christmas Cards

Last updated: December 21, 2023. URL:  

Christmas cards are a good way to stay connected with people, and are also an easy form of evangelism. It is best to send them by mail, not email, because mail is a lot more personal and concrete. Pick a religious stamp--- a Madonna and Child, for example. Make return address labels using Mailmerge in MS Word or, better, get them made for you. They should be simple, not decorated much at all, and should go on the front of the envelope, upper left. I use MS Word mailmerge to make addresses to send to. I keep the addresses in a spreadsheet file and mailmerge takes them from there.

For the card itself: Under the Hebrew writing (which says "Emmanuel", hand-write in green or red ink, "Merry Christmas" or "Merry Christmas, Anne". That adds a personal touch. For the Hebrew, substitute the Bible verse of your choice, or some other good sentiment. For the picture in front, substitute a drawing by yourself or your children, or an image you find on the Web or elsewhere. For the "good things of 2015" list on the back, substitute your own list, or a family newsletter, or a tract, or information on how to attend church, or your own heart-felt appeal.

If you are sending your card by email, as I do for foreigners if I am too late to send them paper cards, you may or may not wish to rearrange the 4 parts so they can be read upside-up on a screen. I am not sure whether this is best, or making the recipient print them out to get the full card. I tend toward wanting to make them print it out.

You should snail-mail the card to your regular list. Also, however, you should attach it in emails to anyone else with whom you communicate between December 1 to December 25. This is a form of evangelism, and also of friendliness, and also it reminds them that this is the Christmas season.