Sort out your card list.
If you are anything like me you will use the same card list year after year. So many people my list I haven’t even spoken to in years and the only contact I have with them is the yearly card.
Last year I decided to get tough with my Christmas card list. I phoned as many people as I could (free calls up to one hour with my phone package) and obtained as many email addresses as I could.
Those I could not contact and who were not close to me got knocked off the list. The people who I had not had contact with in over a year but I have email addresses for now get sent an email Christmas card (some of the animated ones are really lovely).
I have gone from sending over 100 cards to now only having to post about 20 and hand delivering about 30 more. This might sound mean but to be honest I am sure Doris who I was at uni with many moons ago and haven’t spoken to since will not be too disappointed not to get a Christmas card from me, nor auntie Val who never liked me anyway!
Whilst on the subject, remember to post early so you can use second class stamps rather than first class.
Just as a reminder here are the Christmas posting dates copied from the Royal Mail Website.
|Last recommended posting services||Service|
|Wed 14th December||Standard Parcels|
|Sat 17th December||Second Class and Recorded Signed For™|
|Tue 20th December||First Class and Recorded Signed For™|
|Wed 21st December||Parcelforce express48|
|Thu 22nd December||Parcelforce express24|
|Thu 22nd December||Special Delivery™|
|Fri 23rd December||Special Delivery™ with Saturday Guarantee|
|International Surface Mail|
|Fri 30th September||Non-European destinations except Middle East, South Africa, Far East, USA and Canada|
|Tue 4th October||Middle and Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore)|
|Tue 18th October||South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA and Canada|
|Tue 8th November||Eastern Europe, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta and Iceland|
|Tue 22nd November||Western Europe|
|Mon 5th December||South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand|
|Fri 9th December||Eastern Europe, USA and Canada|
|Mon 12th December||Western Europe|
|British Forces Post Office (BFPO)|
|Fri 2nd December||Airmail to Operational BFPOs|
|Thu 15th December||Airmail to Static BFPOs|
|Royal Mail Tracked®|
|Mon 19th December||RM Tracked|
|Tue 20th December||RM Tracked High Volume|
|Wed 21st December||RM Tracked Next Day|