Writing out Christmas cards and mailing them in time to be delivered before December 25 is an annual tradition. I admit, the process is always rushed; I always seem to wait until the last minute to buy and/or write them. While this year was no exception, the process was sped up significantly due to my attempt at keeping the written text minimal (a card isn’t a book) and the use of return address labels (my husband’s idea).
Labels of this sort that are gifted by nonprofit organizations to encourage donations never measure up to my standards. Like every item I buy, it is imperative that I choose them, not the other way around. We ordered labels for our cards from Shutterfly this year. Peeling the stickers from the glossy release paper and affixing them to the upper left corner of neatly-addressed white envelopes was highly satisfying. For that reason and for the sake of saving time, I will never send Christmas cards without return address labels again.
Today, five days before Christmas, I dropped the last batch of cards in the mail, the timing quite possibly an improvement from years past. All the labels from our first order have been used, and I’m ready to buy more. I’m leaning towards Boldly Wrapped. I like that it explicitly identifies the sender with the word from.
I adopted the custom of placing the return address on the back of the envelope instead of on the front while living in London. But, when I attempted to continue the custom stateside, a postal worker mistook the return address for that of the recipient on one occasion. Thus, I reverted back to the traditional American way of placing the return address on the front of the envelope, making exceptions only for UK-bound mail. A return address label bearing the word from seems like a good idea either way.