Choose your cards carefully. Remember that humorous cards, or cards with religious messages inside, may not be appreciated by everybody. It may be a good idea to buy two sets – one for those who will enjoy a light-hearted fun card, and another with a generic ‘Season’s Greetings’ inside.
Email cards could be inappropriate for an elderly relative, but may be acceptable for a younger friend or colleagues.
Traditionally, the husband’s name is given before his wife’s, but it really is a matter of personal choice. Names should be signed with forenames included, e.g. from ‘John and Mary Smith’, not ‘Mr and Mrs John Smith’.
It is fine to include a brief line – such as ‘we must catch up in the new year’ – but avoid writing an essay. Instead, you could include a short, personal letter on a separate sheet to friends or relatives who are rarely seen.
If you miss the post, or receive a last minute card from someone not on your list, then send a brief note, card or postcard with your best wishes. Alternatively, send a new year’s card. It is a matter of personal choice whether you send cards at all, but remember that people who send them to you may be surprised not to receive one back.