A Single’s Guide to Holiday Cards

by eHarmony Staff and Tiny Prints

A Single's Guide to Holiday Cards

So many single people dread the holidays, but Christmas cards can actually help ease some the stress. The good people at Tiny Prints tell us how.

If you poll a group of single adults and ask, “Why can the holidays be so hard for single people?” One of the more common responses you’ll receive is, “Because holiday get-togethers with acquaintances and family often lead to questions like, ‘Are you still single?’ and  ‘Why are you still single?’”

One of the best ways to prevent these annoying questions is to get ahead of the game. Send holiday cards. You probably receive one or more cards from friends who include the yearly wrap up of their lives. They tell you about their trip to China, their kid’s straight A’s, along with the more mundane trials and tribulations of the year. They are effectively setting the tone for the holiday conversations that they plan to have – priming the pump and putting ideas in people’s heads. It’s a strategy that works.

It’s more than the card, although that’s important and discussed below. You need to create a narrative. Maybe it’s a piece of paper that you print out and include in every card. Tell the story you want people to hear. Talk about your job, your adventures, your passions, and what you hope the next year will bring. It’s a good time to share your challenges and losses, because it can make stupid questions unnecessary.
If you’re looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, you may even want to include that information. After all, people know people who know people. Networking is never a bad idea.

And when it comes to the cards themselves, we reached out to online card experts Tiny Prints, and asked, “What kinds of holiday cards would work best for Singles and Singles with Children?” They shared some cards and message options that can make your seasonal well-wishing better than ever. We’ve even snagged a Tiny Prints discount for eHarmony users.

Thanks to a host of personalization options you can turn any Christmas card into one that’s perfect for you. Sharing exactly what you want with the world – no more, no less.

 

No Picture To Share?

A wide array of text based cards – ranging from the sweet and sentimental to the purely irreverent – can help you spread your message of holiday cheer. Use the inside flap of the card to share the highlights of your year with friends and family – best dating advice, major accomplishments, even small victories can paint a picture almost as well as a photo.

 

Only want to feature the kids?

Photos of the kids are always warmly welcomed by friends and family eager to see how much they’ve grown. Even if your ex is also sending out Christmas cards, there’s no reason not to indulge in a little shameless bragging about your children.

 

Always room for the fur-kids too!

Your dog is your faithful companion and confidant, listening gamely to blow-by-blow accounts of dates and parties. Give him the proper recognition by giving him the limelight in this year’s holiday card! At the very least, the slightly different card will catch your friends’ eyes as they flip through the stacks of more traditional cards.

And just so you can take action on this plan, we’ve asked Tiny Prints to extend all eHarmony Advice readers a 25% discount code on the three cards featured above. Just use the code “eharmony” when checking out. (Expires 12/31/2010) Visit Tiny Prints’ Christmas Card page for more information.

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