Holiday Shipping Tips

It’s scary how the dates on the calendar just keep creeping closer and closer to Christmas in such a relentless fashion! I can’t seem to keep up!

But one thing I’m NOT stressing about this year is my Christmas cards. Thanks to OfficeMax Impress Print Center, I created, ordered and received my cards in record time and am close to finishing up addressing them.

I realize Christmas isn’t for two more weeks, but I was a little concerned about shipping and mailing dates….so I decided to look them up for all of us. :-)

Here they are straight from the United States Post Office website:

Holiday Shipping and Mailing Dates for Domestic Mail

Make sure you know the recommended dates if you’re hoping your gifts will arrive by December 25.

  • First-Class Mail® Service  -  Deadline is Dec. 20
  • Priority Mail® Service  -  Deadline Dec. 21
  • Express Mail® Service*  -  Deadline Dec. 22
  • Parcel Post® Service  -  Deadline Dec. 14

So never fear…you’ve still got time to order, address and send your cards! And here’s an added incentive……

OfficeMax ImPress Print Center is offering a great deal on custom holiday greeting cards that you can take advantage of now through December 30, 2012. At checkout, simply enter “CARDSAVINGS” to get 50% OFF!  PLUS $50 OFF holiday card orders of $200 or more at

OfficeMax ImPress features more than 200 card designs that you can personalize with family photos, or whatever photos you choose! Simply select a card design, upload a photo and add a personal message.


Here’s just a few of the cute designs available.



OfficeMax Impress Print Center also wants to give away a $100 gift code to one lucky winner to create their own custom holiday greeting cards! There will be a quick turn-around on this giveaway so the winner can get their cards ASAP! A winner will be announced Wednesday, December 12, 2012!


I’m going to make the requirement for entering very simple….all you have to do is leave a comment below sharing how you display Christmas cards you receive in the mail. This has been driving me crazy for the last 25 years! I have yet to come up with an idea I like that WORKS!  So if you could help I’d REALLY appreciate it and you might just win a prize for your efforts.    :-)


I received a set of holiday greeting cards from OfficeMax ImPress Print Center in order to facilitate this review. Opinions in this post are 100% my own.



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  1. Comet says

    We have two places to display cards—one of the wire wrapped holders in shape of Santa that have the circle clip on the wires; and also a folding decorative hanger that hangs flat on the wall for the larger ones—these can both be re-used every year.

    Never manage to do the “formal”
    pics–always do pics of grand kids and sometimes even manage to send them in December! Well—doesn’t everyone NEED a smile in JANUARY!!!!!

  2. Karen says

    I purchased some clear tablecloth material from the fabric store, placed on my tables (over Christmas color tablecloths) and arrange cards underneath the clear material for all to view while dining. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. NaDell says

    We have a big wall in the kitchen with mainly our big calendar on it that we hang cards on. It’s the pathway from our living room to family room, so we use some blue putty stuff to hang them up and love seeing the wall FILL up!

  4. Lauralee says

    I tape them on the wall in the shape of a wreath and just overlap them into a circle and fill in wider and fuller as I receive more cards. I sure don’t get as many as I used to, but the ones I do get are wonderful.

  5. katie e says

    I found a grapevine wreath and hot glued clothes pins to it, so when I get a christmas card or really any kind of card all I have to do is put it in the clothes pin! Works really good and looks so cute as it fills up.

  6. Izzie Zimmerman says

    Great tips (specifically the list from Ramsey)! We generally follow most of these but the holidays still get overwhelming financially & emotionally (family dynamics) even without kids. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day are just too close together! As a semi-newly married couple just out of grad school and without steady jobs, it’d be great if those around us communicated better that they understood our financial situation to relieve obligation/guilt..learning to hold our ground. This year, we’ll probably go the newsletter route, no cards.

  7. Ava says

    I made a Christmas garland with ornaments and clothespin that I have hanging in the divide between my kitchen and dining room. I also have a couple of card holders on the wall in the living room.

  8. Jennifer says

    We tape them around the archway leading from the kitchen to the living room. It gives me warm fuzzies to be able to glance at all the warm-wishes from family friends while working in the kitchen :)

  9. Sharon Matthews says

    For years we would display them on the mantle but they had a tendancy to fall over at the slightest whim, so more recently, I have begun hanging them with clothespins on a “clothesline” made of garland on a wall or two that need decorating. Doing the same thing with my kids’ past and current Christmas art work. Makes for a festive area.

  10. Savannagal says

    I take a long piece of bulky red yarn and punch a hole in the corner of each card. I string them on the yarn and hang it from my mantle. In years past I’d have so many cards that I could hang the string around my entire double door frame. Either looks pretty and festive.

  11. Michelle says

    Ill hold off until tomorrow to make ours then – planned in it today but I can hold off one more ;)

    The last 2 years I’ve tied a piece I festive ribbon that matches my decor the entire way around the wrest on either side of the front door. Then used cute clips to secure the cards from top to bottom on each ribbon on the inside of the house. It gets a lot of compliments!

  12. Elizabeth says

    This is my first Christmas in my own household, so I really don’t know yet. But my parents always stuck them on the wall above and surrounding the dining room archway, which was a bit scattered-looking but extremely cheerful. They let us kids stick up all the new ones each day! We loved those tape loops!

  13. Collette says

    Since I spend most of my day at my desk on my computer, I want to have the greeting cards I receive where I can see and enjoy them. My desk faces a window, so I put them up around the window frame. I also scan and save them in my computer so that I can use them as desktop backgrounds and screen savers. Best wishes for a joyous holiday to all!

  14. Karla Farris says

    I take our Christmas cards and put a paper punch in the upper left hand corner and a decorative string or ribbon through them and then add them as a garland around the Christmas tree! You can keep adding as you get more, and by puttng the paper punch in the upper left hand corner people can look at the cards while they are on your tree. After Christmas I reuse the cards by cutting off the fronts of the cards (if they are non-photo cards) and then use them to cut into gift tags for presents for Christmas the next year! Free and easy!

  15. Laurie says

    I hang ribbons on the kitchen cupboards, and then I can tape or staple the cards to those. They bring Christmas cheer into the room where we spend a lot of time cooking and singing as a family, and brighten a room that doesn’t otherwise get decorated.

  16. Sue R says

    I’ve made a quilted wallhanging with tiny little clothespins that hang all of our cards. I love to put it up each year. The clothespins are available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, etc.

  17. Carmen says

    We get so many that it doesn’t work for us to “display” them like I’ve seen on several blogs – with strings/clothespins, wall Christmas trees, etc. I end up putting all of ours in a big ol’ bowl and leaving it where anyone can read them.

  18. says

    I hang them on the back of our front door. Normally we run out of space, and I hang them on the walls on each side of the door. My kids love seeing all of the photo cards, so I make sure I hang them at their height.

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