I’m a big fan of labels, but it’s not just labeling bins to keep things organized. I also love office labels. I use them when writing my Christmas cards and it has made this project so much easier.
Organizing My Christmas List with Labels
For me, the most tedious part of writing Christmas cards is digging up addresses and writing up the envelopes. Several years ago, I changed all that with the good old standard Avery 8162 mailing label. I entered everyone on my snail mail list in a Word document template specifically made for this label. You can find the instructions for creating labels in MS Word here. Once you’ve set up the label template, you simply type in the addresses.
When Christmas comes around, I review my list and make any updates. As I receive Christmas cards, I’ll also make updates and additions as needed. When I’m ready to write my cards, I simply print off the labels.
Simplify Cards with Festive Return Address Labels
I also like to put my return address on Christmas cards, just in case someone has moved and I haven’t heard about it yet. With the return address, the card gets returned to me. Then I can follow up with the person by email or phone to get their new address.
For return labels, I like to use smaller, more festive labels. I use one of Avery’s 5160 holiday themed labels. You can find these in most office supply stores around this time of year. The process for setting up the labels in Word is similar. Follow the instructions for creating a sheet of of the same labels.
Set Up Return Address Labels for the Year
I also keep a few sheets of smaller labels without the festive logos to use throughout the year. I have a sheet with my name, one with my husband’s name, and one with both our names. Although we try to do most things digitally, there are still times we need to send something off in the mail. When we do, we have our return address labels all ready to go. One less thing to worry about.
I hope this tip makes your holiday card writing a little easier this year. We’d love to hear from you if you have any tips for making the holiday season run a little smoother. Please share with us.