Tuesday S. is a Hallmark designer and illustrator who combines her huge creative talent with some serious let’s-figure-out-how-to-make-this-easy skills. How easy? She made you a free holiday letter printable (with three designs!) to bring some effortless class to card-sending this season.
When I was a kid, I vividly remember my mom going to the store and spending what seemed like an eternity choosing just the right box of Christmas cards. The artwork was so pretty, and she wanted to send a card that she loved—a card that represented her style. The mailman’s daily arrival was my favorite event, and an entryway filled with all of the displayed holiday cards was a staple of my childhood Christmases.
As I grew up and began to send holiday cards of my own, the changes in technology inevitably changed my holiday card-sending experience. These days, we focus our energy on making sure we have just the right photo to represent our family. We now live in a digitalized world, and so, naturally, we quickly and efficiently pick a printable card online and just drop our family’s photo in.
But lately, with the revival of snail mail and hand-written letters, it’s evident that we’re longing for more meaningful communication with those we care about. So what better time to bring back the nostalgia associated with the traditional Christmas card? “I’m too busy,” you say. I get it. That’s why we set out to make the endeavor of sending Christmas cards thought-filled, but not insanely time-consuming.
These cards work for all kinds of families. Last year I asked my mom why she no longer sent Christmas cards, and she responded, “Well, I’m an empty-nester; no one wants just a photo of me and your dad.” Not true! I want to hear from all my family and friends, whether they’re a family of one or 100.
This little craft can be easily tweaked to accommodate any lifestyle. For instance, Lisa and Charlie have been married for two years and just welcomed a new family member this year: their cute puff, Mabel the dog. Cece and I both had new babies, so we wanted to announce their arrivals in our holiday cards. Piper and Erin both have kiddos, so they wanted to include them in their new tradition and added their Christmas drawings.
Finally, there is Jen, who has to send out lots of these, so a time-intensive craft was out. She has a son who is eight and loves getting into the holiday spirit and a daughter, three, who loves helping out big brother. So, she made this newly adopted tradition about spending time together. She interviewed the kids about their year and included their word-for-word interview in a little newsletter. Then, together, they all folded the newsletter, added an Instagram family photo and tied it all up inside a Christmas card and…voila! Easy peasy!
So, here’s what ya need:
- A pretty boxed set of Christmas cards that you love
- As many or few photos as you’d like
- Holiday doodles done by your little ones (if you have them)
- Some type of string or ribbon
- A newsletter
The newsletter is key and will make a great little keepsake to save and read years down the road. Oh, and Mom—and the rest of you empty-nesters, independent women, roommate families, pet parents and more—show off those grandbabies, friends, or pets that you’re spoiling like crazy! Your friends and family will love receiving this little package of holiday cheer. And lucky for you, we made the pretty part easy and designed three free holiday letter printable templates. Just click, save and print!