December 3, 2018  

Time-Savings Christmas Card Tips & A Free Printable Address List

Are you sending Christmas cards this year? Today I’m sharing our family Christmas card design along with a free printable Christmas card address list to help you get organized for the holidays.


A huge thanks to Mixbook for sponsoring this post. All opinions of their beautiful Christmas card designs are 100% my own. 

Do you send family Christmas cards each year? I have a strong affection for good ol’ snail mail and love sending and receiving holiday cards. It’s such a great way to connect with family and friends that we don’t always get to see often and I love seeing everyone’s family pictures.

But with all of the things to do around the holidays, it’s really easy to run out of time to send Christmas cards! I’m partnering with Mixbook (where I ordered our family’s cards this year and last year) today to share some simple tips to make sending Christmas cards a little less stressful this year.


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Take The Stress Out Of Sending Christmas Cards

1 | Stop Stressing About Getting The Perfect Photo

It seems like the most overwhelming part of sending Christmas cards is the stress of taking a great family photo. It makes me sad when I hear people say they aren’t sending a Christmas card because they didn’t get around to taking professional family pictures this year.

Honestly, I think cards with a collage of candids taken throughout the year is equally as nice as a professional family photo. Whether you’re wearing church clothes or pajamas, anything goes for Christmas card pictures!

So don’t worry so much about getting that perfect photo. If you take professional photos every year, that’s great! But if you’ve run out of time or can’t afford a professional, look back through your phone and choose a few of your favorites from the year. You could also squeeze everyone in for a quick family selfie or ask a neighbor to take a quick photo of your family in your front yard.

We did family pictures with my parents and siblings last month and I absolutely loved it because, in addition to the big group photo (that my mom is using for her Christmas card), the photographer also took photos of each individual family. So for the cost of one photo session, we all got awesome family pictures. I totally think we need to make that into an annual tradition.

2 | Create Your Card Online With A Designer Template

Once you have your photos ready to go, it’s really simple to design your own Christmas card. I’ve designed our cards using Mixbook’s pre-made templates the past two years and they make the entire process so easy.

Simply choose one of the hundreds of Christmas card designs from their library and their online design tool will walk you through the steps of adding your photos and customizing the text. I’ve used several similar services in the past and what I like about Mixbook is that their tool allows you to move around photos, add text boxes and even change the number of photos you want to include. Some of the other services I have used offer much less design flexibility.

Mixbook has a large assortment of Christmas card designs in all sizes and styles. And they collaborate with designers every year to create unique, on-trend designs that are so pretty!

Mixbook prints and ships quickly this time of year to make sure you receive your Christmas cards quickly and have time to send them along to your family and friends before December 25th.

Here’s our Christmas card design for this year:


And here’s last year’s card:

This family Christmas card is so classy! Love how they put a Christmas letter on the back and made it double as a Christmas baby announcement. #ChristmasCards #ChristmasCardDisplay #Christmas #ChristmasDecor #DIYChristmas

3 | Compile A Master Christmas Card Address List

Another hang-up that stresses a lot of people out is collecting mailing addresses every year. Our moms and grandmas probably all had an actual address book, but that’s not as common these days since most of us don’t often mail things and it’s so easy to text or email someone for the address if you do need it.

But to save yourself the stress of tracking down addresses every year, do the work once and compile all of them into a master Christmas card address list. That way you’ll be able to refer to it year after year! There will likely be a few people who have moved so you’ll need to ask for their new address, but beyond that, you’ll have a lot of the work done already.

You can compile addresses into a physical address book or a spreadsheet, but I also designed a free printable Christmas card address list for you to download and use if you’d like. Enter your info in the form below and I’ll send you a copy of the printable right away!

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Keep this printable address list with your Christmas decor so you can find it every year! You can also add it to a holiday binder filled with all of the lists, plans, and details you have to keep track of this time of year.

If you like the idea of making a holiday binder, you’ll definitely want to check out the Holiday Planning Playbook I designed this year. It is a massive collection of 60+ printable planners and checklists to help you organize every aspect of the holidays.

4 | Order Pre-Addressed Envelopes

Another time-saving tip for sending Christmas cards is to order pre-addressed envelopes with your cards. When I placed my Mixbook order, they gave me the option to add on the correct size of envelopes and I could even have them pre-printed with our return address and/or the recipient addresses. It’s so awesome to get your card order in the mail with everything ready to go! All you have to do is stuff the envelopes and add postage!


I hope you found these tips for sending Christmas cards helpful! Don’t forget to download the free printable Christmas card address list and then go choose your Christmas card design over at

Looking for more Christmas ideas? Take a look at these blog posts:

I’d also love to help you take the stress out of the holidays by setting up a holiday planner. Take a look at my collection of holiday planning printables, the Holiday Planning Playbook, here.

Have a great day!

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Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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  1. Emily, really enjoy your website and the free printables they really help me out around this time of the year. Thank you for all the wonderful things on your blog sure learn lots through the years since I have found your site.
    Want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year 2019.

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