Americans generally send out an annual Christmas card. This is one card design that the family chooses and purchases, in large quantity to send to all their friends and family. They might write a personalized message inside and/or include a letter that tells a bit about what the family has been up to for the past year. Traditionally, the card would be some nice design, either religious or secular in nature. In recent years, photo cards and more custom options have come to the forefront.
Our Christmas card from last year, currently hanging out on our kitchen bulletin board
Some families opt for a New Year's card- also known as a "we didn't get it together in time for Christmas" card. I know our family sent these out once in a while :)
In England, however, the practice seems entirely different. Brits still send or give Christmas cards to loved ones, but they are more personalized. Instead of selecting a single design and sending it to the entire mailing list, there are specific cards for different people.
One of the things that Ross sells is greeting cards, so when we made a trip to the wholesaler recently I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures (quick and sneaky-like, without getting busted) of a couple of the more interesting cards. There are standard ones for most relationships around, but they get pretty creative with them too.
For some reason, this card really tickled me. "For Friends We Don't Forget at Christmas"- because if we did, you wouldn't be getting a card... This seemed to be a pretty popular title (That's what it's called in the trade... the title is like what the card says on the front like "To My Darling Mum" or "To A Special Brother".)
Apparently a daughter-in-law gets her own special card, separate from her husband.
There was one other one that I found amusing, but couldn't get a picture of without being spotted. It was "To Mum and Her Partner". I guess there's a need to this awkwardly worded title since divorce and having a "partner" (not meaning a same-sex partner, but rather an unmarried yet serious relationship) is so common.
I found this really interesting as a cultural difference. It's something I'd never thought about as I'd assumed that sending out Christmas cards would be the same in both countries.
Do you send out cards in the US or UK style?