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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Cards and Packages — Be Prepared

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One of the joys of the season is receiving holiday greetings via letters and cards. It’s always exciting to receive a package addressed to you at your Penrose Square apartment in South Arlington, VA. Today we have some tips to help you get your cards and packages in the mail.

Create a list. Help yourself get a feel for how you should divide up your time in writing your letters or addressing envelopes by putting together a master list for who you want to send your greetings to this year, and who gets cards and who gets a package. Update addresses as you get cards or packages from others, and keep a backup list available in another place in case the one you’re working off of accidentally gets destroyed or deleted.

Start now, and beware of deadlines. The best “trick” to staying on top of your mail and ensuring everything gets where it needs to go when it needs to be there is, of course, not so much of a trick as it is a reminder: Start online shopping and addressing and sending out envelopes now. The deadline for mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service is the last day you can send something for it to arrive by that specific holiday. Check the post office or your online vendor’s website to find these dates.

Personalize It. Add a personal, handwritten note to your card or package. Keep your message brief and legible. If you have more to say than can be written in a note under the printed greeting, you may want to consider writing a newsletter or including one with the card. 

Be prepared. Before you sit down to add handwritten notes in each of your cards, gather up everything you’re going to need so you don’t have to stop when you’re on a roll to find an address or the roll of stamps. You may also want an extra pen, some fun stickers, and photos if you are planning on including them with your card.

We hope you enjoy sending and receiving cards and packages this holiday season!


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