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New Year’s Cards are the New Christmas Cards

Have you noticed a new trend in greeting cards? Over the past several years, a new card has rolled onto the scene: the New Year’s card. Many now consider it the new Christmas card since it wraps up the season and allows people to send cards to anyone around the world or close to home, and the meaning is universal.

If you’re looking for a new way to celebrate the season with your loved ones, you might consider sending out New Year’s cards. Here are some tips to consider if you want to get your “Happy New Year” cards out in plenty of time.

1. When to Send Out Your New Year’s Cards

It’s always difficult to determine the best time to send out holiday cards in general — and the same thing is true for the New Year’s variety. Ordinarily, the postal service takes anywhere from three to seven days to deliver mail domestically. Of course, there are times when it’s quicker, but you can’t count on such speedy delivery in time for New Year’s Eve.

Because you can’t count on season’s greetings reaching your intended recipient during the holiday season, it’s best to err on the side of caution and mail your New Year’s cards seven to 10 days before the end of the year. Indeed, it never hurts for your friends, boss, or family members to receive their card a little early.

Plus, it’s more time for them to enjoy your thoughtfulness. The extra seven days between Christmas and New Year’s also buys you some extra time to order your cards, sign them, and mail them out.

2. How to Create a Special New Year’s Card

Holiday and New Year’s cards have come a long way in the digital age, allowing you to create the perfect one that represents your mood and sentiments paired with a photograph of you and your family. You can use online stationery retailers like Minted for inspiration for your New Year’s card. Here are some ideas to consider when designing your card to celebrate the new year:

  • New Baby or Growing Child Card: Use your New Year’s card as an opportunity to show a photo of your family’s new addition or growing toddler’s progress. You can even announce if your family is expecting a new member.
  • Newly Married Couple: As a new couple, it’s a good time to start sharpening your tradition-building skills by sending out a New Year’s card, letting everyone know you’re happy they shared your wedding with you.
  • Wishing Everyone Well: A simple photograph of your family together, smiling and happy, wishing everyone well, is a classic that never goes out of style.
3. What It Takes to Write a Memorable Message

Don’t stress yourself out too much over what you should write for your card. The effort is often welcome enough, but it never hurts to write something from the heart. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • “Happy New Year! Wishing you all the very best!”
  • “Happy New Year! Wishing you joy, happiness, and abundance all year long!”
  • “We wish you a wonderful Happy New Year, full of peace and prosperity!”
Start Preparing Your New Year’s Cards Now!

Now that you have some ideas about when to send out New Year’s cards, how to create something special, and the type of message you’d like to write, it’s time to sit down and put it all together. Your friends and family will appreciate the special thought and all the work you put into wishing them a very happy New Year.

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