The exchange of Christmas cards, holiday greeting cards and photo cards at year-end has become an ingrained family tradition. Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, it is a period of reflection as families reach out to reconnect with friends across the country and around the globe. Personalized Christmas cards and photo cards with a hand-written greeting or enclosed newsletter are a great way to stay in to touch. Don’t wait for Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve to send out your greetings; other holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day are also great occasions to spread family news. Better yet, plan parties around these holidays and invite your guests to celebrate the holiday with your family.

From August 1 to September 30, most companies offer special promotions if you order your personalized holiday cards during this period. This translates into big savings and helps eliminate considerable stress as you enter the holiday season. Discounts ranging from 10% to 20% are offered by most dealers during this period to help ease the printing crunch that generally accompanies the holiday season. This is a great opportunity to save money and get this time-consuming task out of the way early so you can enjoy the holidays. For those of you ordering photo cards, make sure that you bring in the actual photograph to make sure that the color border complements the colors in your picture. This is something that is best done in person since color resolutions on monitors and printers are quite a bit different when the actual product is printed.