What Makes the Best Christmas Cards?

Add style to your Christmas greeting cards by answering these 6 simple questions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again. And, surely, you want your Christmas cards to be the most wonderful ones ever. Right?

Great! No matter what greeting card art or sketch layout you use in making your holiday card, consider these questions:

1. What do you want the front of the card to read?

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The answer to this question is the first step towards creating a custom Christmas card.

Are you going to include the person’s name in the front of the card? Do you want the front of your card to read Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, Merry Xmas, Joy to the World, or nothing at all?

In times past this decision depended mainly on the space you had to work with.

But today it also depends on your belief as well as the belief of the person you are making the card for. Why? Some people get offended with the word “Christmas” because it relates to Jesus Christ.

Over here, Jesus is still the reason for the season. And I hope it’s that way with you too.

If the card is for a dear friend, loved one, or spouse, you can include such phrases in the front or simply add the heart-shape for a more subtle effect.

2. Will you use Christmas colors?

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The basic Christmas colors are red and green. But on a more harmonious level, you just cannot omit others like white from snow, silver that sparkled with the star in Bethlehem, and gold which the wise men gave to Baby Jesus.

Also, don’t forget black... because it simply blends with everything

But here is the irony with colors. The card is not for you, but for the person you are giving it to. In other words, if that person’s favorite color is purple, then a purple Christmas card to that person might just be the best card ever.

Don’t be afraid to break the rules or at least bend them a little. Besides, the ultimate goal is to make a unique holiday card. And a purple one is definitely unique.

One last thing, If you are going to use such a color on a Xmas card, don’t forget to include enough words or symbols that express that it is a holiday greeting card at first glance.

Not sure what these Christmas symbols are? That is the next point below....

3. Will you add Christmas symbols?

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Christmas symbols include obvious ones like Santa, reindeer, holly, clustered bells, coniferous tree, candy cane, sleigh, star, snowflakes, mistletoe, snowman, bauble, snowball, wreath, gingerbread, ornaments and stockings.

Plus other not-so-obvious ones like wheat sheaves, scarf, fruits, and manger animals.

With all these symbols, it’s no surprise that combining Christmas symbols is one of the fun parts of making a holiday greeting card. The key is to subtly add variety. But don’t overdo it.

4. What will you write inside the card?

This could easily be one of the scariest part of sending a card. Nonetheless, let me offer some help to ease the fear a little.

The first key is to keep it simple. These examples illustrate that:

  • Hope you have the merriest Christmas ever!

  • Best wishes for health, peace, and happiness this season.

  • May the season that brings joy to the world bring love, peace, and joy to yours.

As you can see, these are the simplest of many Christmas greeting card verses.

The second key is to have fun with it. Composing a short poem that shows how the person’s name relates to Christmas is definitely a way to have fun.

5. Will it be a funny card?

This one should be a no-brainer: Yes! Spread some humor whenever possible. Why? You can hardly go wrong with a little laughter. So pick one of the many funny holiday card ideas and run with it.

Hence go ahead, laugh a little. And make the person that receives the card to laugh a little too. But just like everything else... don’t overdo it.

6. Will it be a corporate card?

Is the card meant for a customer or employee? Perhaps you want to promote your business as you spread the holiday cheer. Then a corporate holiday card is the merrier way to go.

For this, you obviously integrate the name of your business into the card. But a corporate greeting card can be so much more.

The bottom line is, you want to send a creative Christmas card. So go ahead and bend the rules a little...and if they break, so be it.

Finally, spread holiday cheer with those Christmas cards of yours

Now that you're done putting together the best Christmas card ever. The only thing left to do is: spread Christmas cheer by sending it off to that person you had in mind.

Another cool way to spread the cheer is by sharing your Christmas card stories below. You'll be amazed how much you'll inspire the rest of the world with your creation.

What Do You Love about Those Cheerful Christmas Cards of Yours?

How does your Christmas card express, "It's the most wonderful time of the year?" In other words, what is it about your card that spreads Christmas cheer?

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