These days, we do most of our holiday shopping on the computer and can easily see our loved ones anytime we want thanks to inventions such as FaceTime and Skype. But there's one old-fashioned holiday tradition we still take part in that has stood the test of time — our annual holiday cards. Serving as the one piece of snail mail we actually look forward to this time of year, these annual greetings are an essential part of any holiday season. We've rounded up 15 of the best holiday cards that everyone on your mailing list will be proud to put on display.
Holiday Card Timeline
The most important part of sending out holiday cards — apart from addressing them, that is — is making sure they arrive on time. Bookmark this page to stay on track with card sending dates for every upcoming holiday on your roster.
To make sure your cards arrive by Christmas, send them out by 12/4: By far the most popular type of holiday cards are those that wish your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Whether they're covered in good tidings or images of intricately-decorated Christmas trees, we've got a slew of suggestions for everyone on your "nice" list.
To make sure your cards arrive by Hanukkah, send them out by 12/2: If your household is one that celebrates this Jewish holiday over eight beautiful nights, not to fret: There are plenty of cards for that, too! They feature Hanukkah staples, such as menorahs and dreidels, and make for an easy way to tell your loved ones how just how much they mean to you.
To make sure your cards arrive by Kwanzaa, send them out by 12/5: Friends and loved ones that celebrate the season by lighting a kinara will rejoice in a set of great Kwanzaa cards that boast the colors of this annual celebration (i.e. red, green, and black). Essentially, these cards are a great way to say, "Matunda ya kwanza."
To make sure your cards arrive by New Year's Eve, send them out by 12/17: Many people tend to skip New Year's as far as cards are concerned, but they shouldn't: There's no better way to wish your friends a family a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year — especially if you can't say it in person!
Holiday Cards. If you're someone who doesn't celebrate a specific holiday but still loves the season, it's easy to get in on the fun with a general holiday card. From cards wishing you a "happy holiday" or "season's greetings," these non-committal picks capture a festive feeling without any expectations.
The Best Holiday Cards
Ready to pick up this year's greatest cards? No matter which holiday you or your loved ones celebrate, there's a set for you on this list. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women's picks for the best holiday cards for every occasion.
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