It's that time of year for exchanging holiday greeting cards. Your cards can be sent anytime after Thanksgiving and should only be sent to family or friends who are NOT receiving a gift from you. A holiday greeting card should always contain a personal greeting from you. When preparing your cards, consider the following:
~If you simply cannot resist documenting the events of the year in a newsletter, please send these only to your family and closest friends.
~Don't enclose confetti please--it's annoying!
~Never sign a card or letter "Mrs. Gibson," it may be "Janice Gibson" and underneath "Mrs. Kenneth Gibson."
~The proper way to insert a card is to hold the envelope so that you are facing the back of it. Lift the flap and place your card into the envelope faceup towards you.
~The proper spot for a return address on social correspondence is on the back flap of the envelope.
~An honorific is a complimentary title used to address a person and to denote respect. Everyone is entitled to an honorific, some are fancier than others--Mrs., Mr., Miss, Ms., Dr., Judge, Mayor, etc. Always use an honorific when addressing an envelope. I will use my name as an example. My given name at birth was Janice Kay Sessums...I married Kenneth Craig Gibson. My name is now Janice Sessums Gibson--notice that the Kay was dropped and Sessums became my middle name. This is a Southern tradition for a bride to use her maiden name as her middle name after being married. This makes it easy for people who have known you all your life to recognize your name.
~Don't address the envelope to "Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gibson and Family." The proper address should be--"Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gibson, Grace and Patrick."
~Unmarried girls are called "Miss" until age 21.
~Boys are called "Master" until age 8, then are called by their first name, and at age 21 are called "Mr. Gibson."
Use Ms. Janice Gibson, if divorced or married.
Use Ms. Janice Sessums, if married and keeping maiden name, or divorced and keeping maiden name; a divorced lady never uses "Miss."
Use Mrs. Kenneth Gibson, if married and going by husband's name, or widowed with children.
Use Mrs. Janice Gibson, only if divorced.
Use Miss Janice Sessums, if never married.
Another old Southern tradition is to keep the man's first and last name together; i.e., address/refer to us as Janice and Kenneth Gibson NOT Kenneth and Janice Gibson.
A married couple with one having a title and the wife still using her maiden name--Dr. Janice Sessums and Mr. Kenneth Gibson. If the husband is the Doctor--Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gibson.
Mr. - Messrs. (two or more brothers)
Mrs. - Mesdames
Miss - Misses
Ms. - Mses. or Mss.
Holiday cards are a great way to stay in touch with those we haven't seen for a long time. Be sure to Make Your Cards Memorable. It's also important to consider the recipient when choosing your cards.
I'm sending this inspirational card to my friends and family who celebrate Christmas..."Oh come let us adore Him!"
This cute card by Lilly Pulitzer, will be sent to my friends who do not celebrate Christmas, wishing them "Happy Holidays!"
Thank you for visiting with me today and please keep "Christ" in "Christmas!"