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Betsy Veldman

Well, for the most part, the holiday craziness is behind us. The tree is bare, the gifts have been opened and the goodies have been eaten. Now it’s time to pause and take a moment to say thanks. 

When I was a kid, my mom would make us take some time during Christmas vacation to write out thank you notes for the gifts we had received. Somewhere along the line, that tradition has disappeared. So this year I decided to resurrect it. I think it’s important that my children learn to be grateful for the things they receive, and what better way to show it than to take a few minutes to write a little note! 

I decided to make it easy and send out some postcards. Postcards are nice because they are easy to mail, they don’t need envelopes and you’ll save on postage. You could very easily create your own from some cardstock and stamps. If you’re going to make your own, be sure to check on size requirements. I found this on the USPS site:

Postcards stamps are: $0.28

Size limits:

  • Minimum: 3-1/2 inches high by 5 inches long by 0.007 inch thick
  • Maximum: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high
  • Additional postage required for larger postcards

Or you could make it really easy on yourself and do what I did. Visit It’s a service connected with the USPS where you can upload your own photo, add your message and select your addresses. You can customize each postcard for its recipient. And when you’re finished they will mail them for you! How easy is that? 

With this idea in mind, I snapped a few quick pics of my kids while we were taking our family Christmas card photo. The inspiration for the photo came from my good friend Becky Oehlers and her altered art photo in this post. I did a super simple version of the card by going completely digital and adding the little gifts digitally, instead of with a stamp. I love the way they turned out and hope they will bring a smile to the recipient, as well as show our gratitude! 

I’d love to hear your ideas for showing gratitude after the holidays and if you have any traditions similar to this. I’d love to hear about them! 

Betsy Veldman,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal


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