The Making of a Christmas Card

Every year is the same during November/December season with the arrival of 50 or more Christmas cards from my relatives, friends, and fellow peers of my mom and dad. I always play a little game with my dad where we go through each Christmas card and pick out the best and worst ones. Usually it is very simple to decide which ones go on the chopping block. But what makes the good cards good? Grab your stockings, tinsel, and milk and cookies and let’s dive into what makes a Christmas card good!

Here is an example of a terrible Christmas card!

To understand what a good Christmas card, you have to know what a bad Christmas card is. Here on the left is a great example of what you DON’T want to do. The 80’s theme is not only dated but a tragedy to anyone who has to receive it. Usually, the best Christmas cards are the simple ones with no borders on them. Especially NOT a red border as shown here. However, the fact that the people said “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas”, which is much more accepting, is great. According to, “Millennials spend average of $861 on Christmas” including Christmas cards! So don’t be cheap with your cards and make sure to stay away from the red borders!

Here is an example of a great Christmas card!

Now that you know what a bad Christmas card looks like, we can move on to a Christmas card that will leave your “stuck up Aunt” shook in her boots. If you look to the right you can see how the family is consistent with their costumes. They also use some photography techniques such as the rule of thirds. This basically means that if you divide the picture into 3rds, the subject of your picture should be in either the left, middle, or right. There is no border here and the people are not stuck in the ’80s. Also did you know that millennials with spend an average of $393 on just Christmas decorations and decor yearly alone? (Credit: With all this cash make sure to make your Christmas tree bright and shiny!

However, there is some light in this ugly sweater darkness, the fact that the people said “Season’s Greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas” is much more accepting.

This is the picture that Melina mentioned looked the best in her opinion. Credit:

Now that everyone has an idea of what is appropriate and not on a Christmas card, I went around SAS and asked some students what their opinions are in what makes a good Christmas card.

I asked senior Melina Poulsen what her thoughts were and she said, “I really look for a cute saying on the Christmas card like Happy Holidays.”

Another senior, Christina McDougall agreed with Melina and stated, “I usually like to be able to see little bios for each of the like kids or persons on the card.” I agree with both of these students and you should always be inclusive and include some cute bio of you and your kids if you have any. According to people will spend $28 per Christmas card in order to send them out. Especially if you want a cute bio of your kids it’s going to cost you more. Pro-Tip: Buy your cards in bulk if you wanna save cash but make sure you make the Christmas cards good!

In conclusion, always make sure you aren’t stuck in the 80’s, be inclusive to all religions and everyone, never have a red border, make sure to follow the rule of thirds, and keep it cute, kitty gurls.

XOXO Merry Gossip Gay ❤

Author: Will Staley

Will Staley is currently a senior and this is his second year working for the Eye. This is also his second year living in Singapore, having moved from St. Louis, Missouri USA. Will enjoys photography and has a photography website ( He hopes to pursue photography and journalism for his college and career, while being involved in his passion of politics and humanitarian work. He can be contacted at

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