It’s the season for Christmas cards! With young children in school, exchanging cards is a matter of etiquette. How best to tackle this social minefield? Read on for more details!
Buying Christmas cards for 30 – or worse, 60 or 90! – children sounds like a hideously expensive venture. Check pound shops and nearby discount stores; you’re sure to find reasonable deals on Christmas cards wherever you choose to look. Check online, too, but do it soon – you want to leave some time for shipping, and soon the Christmas season will clog the postal system.
Prefer to let your child sign the cards him- or herself? Go for it! But if this will simply take too long, consider this: write the message yourself, and let your child sign his or her name. It will allow you to cut short the time spent waiting for your child to manoeuvre his or her pencil around 30 cards! Don’t forget to nip into the school office for a list of names of the children in your child’s class. This will help you avoid forgetting anyone, and will help you keep from misspelling any more exotic names (my own eldest son, for example, has an Amy and an Aimee – pronounced identically – in his class… Without the list, his first year in school would have been a lot more awkward!).
A good way to start is by sending everyone in your child’s class a card. When they’re very small, it’s the best way to keep social connections well-lubricated and help your child make more friends. But as time wears on, he or she will be more in charge of his or her own social life. If your child has been bullied by another child in his or her class all year, for example, by the time they hit year 4 or 5, it becomes unrealistic to expect him or her to send this bully a card. Getting the list from the office is still a good idea, but allow your child some say in which children do or don’t get a card this year.
But is a Christmas card really the be all, end all of Christmas greetings? Why not make it a little more creative?
One great idea is to buy some seasonal stickers and cut them out. Stick a few in each Christmas card, and the recipient receives a wonderful, unexpected surprise with his or her Christmas wishes. Another idea is to make your own Christmas cards out of coloured card (cut into the shape of a Santa?) or make your own felt Christmas decorations, which are flat enough to fit into an envelope and can be accompanied by a note wishing its recipient a happy holiday season.
The possibilities for Christmas cards really are endless. Why not take some time out, this year, to think of a creative way of classing up the ubiquitous cheap sentiment, and make sure everyone feels included? Your child will thank you for the wonderful idea later on, and his or her classmates are sure to enjoy your departure from tradition!