free christmas postcards - santa christmas wishesBy Debora Dyess

On average, 20 million pieces of mail pass through the US Post Office between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s a lot of holiday greetings!

But part of what stops many of us from sending more is the cost. It’s just too expensive to buy a card for all of our family, friends and business acquaintances and pay the cost of first-class postage for all those greetings. What to do?

Put on your ‘Clever Elf Cap’, of course, and send Christmas postcards instead!

Postcards are a cheaper alternative to folded cards because postcard stamps cost less than traditional first class mail stamps. Plus, you can save money and make great-looking postcards at home.

Vista Print is one place to get free Christmas postcards. They offer a variety of holiday designs and although the samples they provide are business-oriented and have sample text that says “Holiday Sale,” you can change this text to anything you’d like. You can get 100 free postcards (a $24.99 value) for the price of shipping.

If you’ve been saving Christmas cards and have accumulated a shoebox of old cards, one way you can make your own postcards is to reuse these cards you received. Carefully cut the cards at the fold and make your own free Christmas postcards. Print a message on the left side of the card and the new recipient’s mailing information on the right. With a postcard stamp securely attached, this is as good as a store-bought postcard, and you’re recycling, to boot.

Don’t have any old cards? Then find some free templates online. There are a few online websites that are willing to give you free Christmas postcards. No kidding! Of course, you’ll have to print them at home on your own printer, but at these prices, that’s not a big deal. How’s that for putting a jingle in your jolly?

At Printable Santa Letters.com, you can find five free Christmas postcards featuring vintage Santa designs, such as the one shown above. These are saved as Microsoft Word documents, so you can easily open, edit and print.

Brainy Betty’s site. From Wise Men to snowmen to a cute little gal that promises she’s been naughty, you’ll get a smile from these cards.

You’ll find nine free Christmas postcards at Brainy Betty’s site. From Wise Men to snowmen to a cute little gal that promises she’s been naughty, you’ll get a smile from these cards.

If you’d like more designs from which to choose, surf over to Noella Designs, where you can find more Christmas postcards to print at home.

Now there’s no excuse and nothing to stop you from sending everyone in your address book a greeting during the holidays. So get busy, and have yourself a Mail-y little Christmas!