LIFESTYLES: Here’s the Secret to the Perfect Christmas Card

By D. Lanier Shook                                                                                          November 3, 2013

Have you sent out your Christmas cards yet? The sooner you mail them, the longer they’ll be displayed and appreciated. Today fewer and fewer people are sending Christmas cards, which is a shame since the selection has never been better. Ironically, this may be part of the Christmas card’s decline. With so many to choose from, what is the perfect Christmas card? I’m glad you asked.

The perfect Christmas should — first and foremost — remind the recipient of the sender. Secondly, it should convey the intended message. There are a lot of cards out there that do the second, but not the first. Fortunately we have the perfect solution for you.


  1. Choose a photograph of you and yours in a holiday setting. The background of the photo should express your sentiments, whether they’re sports, seasonal or sacred.
  2. Open a word processor and select the one of the card templates.
  3. Find one that allows you to insert your photo on the front.
  4. Type whatever you want to say inside the card.
  5. Print black and white, low quality copies until you get everything just like you want it. (Make sure the photo on the front turns out right side up.)
  6. Once you’re satisfied then choose the weight of paper and quality of ink you want.
  7. For an extra touch look into the variety of envelopes, seals, and labels available at craft stores, office supply stores, many large retailers, and some dollar stores.

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