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Archive for December, 2012

Celebrating the Little Christmas Holiday

You may have thought December 25th marked the end of Christmas and the time to start taking those holiday decorations down, but Sunday the 6th of January marks a little-known holiday in the U.S., Little Christmas. Celebrated throughout Ireland, Little Christmas exists because of the change in dates that occurred when the Irish switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. With the Julian calendar, Christmas was celebrated on January 6th and this date stuck as a continuation of the holiday. This date is known as the Feast of the Epiphany throughout the rest of the world, but in Ireland Little Christmas is the traditional end of the Christmas season. Kept alive largely by the women of Ireland, this traditional holiday has now come to be known as “Women’s Little Christmas” and is celebrated as a day off for the women after all the preparations of the holidays.

I’ll definitely be using this holiday as an excuse to take the day off and officially wrap up the holiday season. Will you be starting a Little Christmas celebration of your own this year? When do you start taking down all those holiday decorations?

Update Your Address Book

Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, are you itching to get organized? With New Years Day right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to make sure that all of your contacts in your address book are up to date. You can look at the return addresses on your holiday cards, or just compile the various updates you compiled during the year, and make sure that you never send a card to an old address again! Cardstore makes updating your address book easy. If you have an account with Cardstore, you can either individually input addresses, or input them through Excel. If you’ve never inputed your addresses into your Cardstore account, using Excel might be the fastest way. You just follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Download the address template (also available on our site)
  • Step 2: Copy and paste your addresses–Transfer all of your addresses to the template and save it to your computer as an Excel 97-2003 Workbook.
  • Step 3: Upload the template–Browse your computer for the template file, select it, then click the upload button and we will take care of the rest.

Once you’ve updated all your contacts, be sure to update your groups as well–which makes sending invites or cards to more than one person a total snap!

What do you do to get organized for the new year?

Merry Christmas from Cardstore!

Christmastime is finally here! After plenty of hours spent sending holiday cards, making Christmas cookies, and decorating the tree, it’s time to relax and enjoy some time with loved ones as they ooh and ahh over your handpicked presents (and beautiful wrapping job). We at Cardstore want to especially thank you for reading and to wish you a very merry Christmas. We hope that we’ve played a small part in making your holiday season warm. Your kind comments and holiday participation has definitely added some warmth to ours. Thanks for reading, and have a very happy holiday!

Holiday Thank You Etiquette

As the holiday season winds down to a close, it’s time to think of everyone who thought of you this December. Getting to work on your holiday thank you cards can be a tiny bit daunting–but if you get them sent off by New Years, you ensure that they’ll be thinking of you as the year begins and that you’ll have a clean slate of your own this January!

Here are a few dos and don’ts to make writing your holiday thank yous a snap!

  • Don’t mention the gift first. Focus on a kind holiday sentiment to introduce your thank you note. Reflect back on your holiday season, and show them the part that they played in making it bright.
  • Do share a fun holiday story! If your friend or family member couldn’t be there this Christmas–they’ll love to hear the family fun that happened as a substitute!
  • Do thank them for the gift and tell them how you’ve used it or plan to. They don’t just want to here how much you like it–they want to be able to envision you using it.
  • Don’t just talk about you! Ask about their holiday season and the family memories that they made as well.
  • Do end with your wishes for the New Year. Show them that you care about them and their family by writing a personal New Years wish.
  • Don’t forget to send within two weeks of receiving your gift! You’ll love not having a thank you note hanging over your head, and they’ll be impressed by just how on top of it you are!

What sort of special touches do you add to your thank you cards around the holidays?

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Holiday Thank You Cards Pictured: Woodgrain Thank You Card, Much Thanks Snowflakes Thank You Card, Red Scarf Thank You Card.

New Year’s Cards – When It’s Too Late for Holiday Cards

Did the speed of the holidays catch you by surprise this year? Don’t worry; it happens to so many of us! Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa preparations, it’s easy to get behind on your holiday to-do list. If making holiday cards just didn’t happen when you had planned, don’t be alarmed; sending New Year’s Cards as holiday cards is a fantastic idea!

The rush of holiday cards that comes in at once right around Christmas means that your card can often get forgotten about. By waiting a while to send your holiday cards and using New Year’s Cards instead, your card will greet family and friends for a refreshing, post-holiday craziness message. Cheery wishes for health and happiness in the New Year decorate each card, making it the perfect way to help loved ones welcome the start of 2013.

Instead of chiding yourself for being late sending your holiday cards, why not use this as an opportunity to send one of a kind New Year’s Cards that can be personalized with a photo and message for a special touch. Have you ever sent New Year’s Cards before? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Cards featured above: Yellow Year Countdown, Spotted New Year

 

Don’t Forget December Birthdays!

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget December birthdays. Don’t let it happen to you–December babies deserve love too! It might be tempting to just add a happy birthday message to their holiday card, but going to the extra effort will mean a lot to them. While you shop for your holiday cards on site, why not double check your calendar, and throw in a few December birthday cards as well? In a few quick steps, you can personalize a birthday card with a photo and heartfelt message, and make sure that their birthday doesn’t get forgotten as you inch closer to Christmas. Make sure you won’t forget by using our Future Send feature, which lets you prepare cards that you want to send later in advance!

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Do you have a December birthday? How often do people forget it?

 

Holiday Card Checklist

The holiday season is for spreading cheer–and while most people make sure to send cards to friends and family, it’s easy to forget the people you encounter every day. Here is a quick checklist that includes everyone who makes your life better all year round, to ensure that you don’t miss anyone this Christmas! Can you think of anyone we’ve missed?

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Need inspiration for card ideas? Here are a few of our favorites…CS SC BLG checklist IMAGE; Holiday Card Checklist

 

Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!

Sniffing out the ideal dog Christmas cards to put a smile on someone’s face and warm their heart is Cardstore’s seasonal specialty! Dog lovers deserve nothing but the best, and with our selection of hilarious and heartwarming holiday choices, you’ll find the perfect personalization to fit any breed.

; Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!Who says canines don’t have a sense of décor? With Doggie Door Christmas, this pooch’s panache hams it up for the holidays. Every festive entrance deserves an encore, and with this greeting, Christmas decorating never looked so funny!

 

 

 

 

; Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!Santa’s sleigh could always use an extra pair of paws. Dasher Dancer Reindeer puts your pup front and center, antlers and all! Take the reins and don your dog with this greeting’s holiday cheer.

 

 

 

; Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!For those itching to add some season’s greetings of the Spanish-speaking variety, we’ve got your dog’s back with Fleas Navidad. Those pesky partiers will be the hilarious hit of everyone’s holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

; Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!Sharing in the silly is what makes Funny Christmas Elf Dogs so special! These holiday barking buds show this festive season is more fun with friends as they cap it off with some colorful head gear and outrageous antlers!

 

 

 

 

 

For those wishing to personalize their Christmas greetings and spread their own holiday cheer, photo cards are a great way to show you and your pup celebrating the season!

; Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!Stuff a Doggie Stocking with your favorite photos or surprise someone with a Dog Christmas Tree featuring your hound for the holidays!

 

 

 

; Dog Christmas Cards—Unleash Some Holiday Cheer!No one will be left a stray this gift-giving season with our pack of dog Christmas cards.  Cute and cuddly, funny and festive, Cardstore’s selection has you collared!

Not a dog person? We’ve got ideas for the purrfect selection of cat Christmas cards, too!

Have another favorite dog Christmas card that you love?  Let us know!  Tell us which dog Christmas cards you like best for putting your best furry friend in the spotlight.

Cat Christmas Cards

Purrfect for the Holidays

Finding the perfect cat Christmas cards for those feline aficionados is easy at Cardstore! With a large selection of purrfect holiday choices to suit any cat lover—plus customization options—the paw-sibilities are endless! And, just in case you’re not a cat person, check out our suggestions for tail-wagging collection of dog Christmas cards.

; Cat Christmas CardsGift someone a sweet sentiment that’s almost as warm as a Christmas sweater with this Cozy Christmas Cat. This fashionable feline will strut his stuff wishing your cat-loving friends a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to tickle those whiskers with some holiday cheer? Put the jolly in someone’s holiday with a Happy Christmas Face. Nothing spells funny like a kitty who looks like he got more than a few lumps of coal in his litter box!

 

 

 

 

 

; Cat Christmas CardsHow about a fun little holiday play on purrs with a festive photo card? Wish someone a Meowie Christmas by sending this clever little card you can customize with a picture of your furry feline family member on the front.

 

 

 

 

; Cat Christmas CardsFinding the funny in those mischievous moments gets even funnier with Cat and Dog Mistletoe! Who says cats and dogs can’t share that Christmas magic? Give the gift of gaffe that celebrates the season with a bit of kiss-mas cheer!

 

 

 

 

 

; Cat Christmas CardsMake holiday humor headlines that will stop the presses and start the laughter with the Fat Cat Xmas. Laughter is guaranteed with this cat that’s clearly been sampling more than his share of eggnog as he comes to Christmas’s rescue!

 

 

 

 

 

CS SC BLG buckles THUMB1; Cat Christmas CardsBe sure to check out Mr. Buckles on Cardstore’s YouTube channel. He’ll show you how fun and easy it is to click, create and send holiday greetings!

 

 

 

So, click on in to Cardstore and paws to browse our selection of the best cat Christmas cards ever. Holiday magic is just a whisker away! And, just for fun – do you have any favorite holiday feline moments to share?

How To: New Year’s Eve Party Invitations

2012 has flown by and it’s almost time to ring in the New Year! To help make sure 2013 starts out with a bang, why not host your own New Year’s Eve party this year? It’s best to start thinking about your invitations now, as people will be trying to figure out their New Year’s plans soon. To help with the planning process, we’ve got several tips that should make creating your New Year’s Eve party invitations a breeze.

1. Plan your guest list. Will this be a family affair with young kids who won’t want to stay up until midnight? Or will you be hosting your friends for a cocktail party? Decide on a group that will mesh well and want to celebrate the arrival of the new year in a similar style. Once you’ve decided on your guests, you can choose whether to address the envelopes yourself or have Cardstore email the invitations to your recipients for you.

2. Pick a time that fits the style of your party and add it to the invitation. If you’re hosting a quiet family gathering with little ones, it may be best to host a dinner and have the kids celebrate the start of the New Year at a more friendly time, like 9 p.m.. If you’re having a more classic New Year’s Eve party, invite guests over at around 8 or 9 to make sure there’s plenty of time for socializing, desserts, and games before the ball drops at midnight.

3. Add the location and RSVP details to the invitation. Knowing who will be attending helps you plan your food, drinks, and activities accordingly and helps to prevent any surprises on the day of your event.

With these simple tips, you should be ready to host a New Year’s Eve party that’s sure to be a memorable start to 2013! How do you plan on ringing in the New Year?

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Featured invitations: Spotted New Year, Ring In The New Year,  Yellow Year Countdown, Red Green Blue Starburst