We might not feel we have the time or money to write and give cards or gifts to all of our clients, even if we want to.
Here are a few ideas for different ways to send seasonal greetings and show we care:
1. Send an e-greeting card
There are lots of websites where you can send a lovely greeting card by email for free. Some can be a little, shall we say, trashy or even cheesy, so it’s worth setting aside some time to browse until you find a design that you love. (Maybe even with a cup of tea and a mince pie.)
These sites are worth a look:
http://www.punchbowl.com/ecards/christmas classic and stylish
http://www.123greetings.com/events/christmas/merry_christmas/ some nice animated designs
http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Holiday_Ecards animal photography
Just add your own greeting and some email addresses and you’re good to go!
2. Send a special seasonal email
If you already use an email programme like Mailchimp or Constant Contact, why not send your greetings by email.
You can make it look special by adding an image. A simple photograph of something Christmasy can be made prettier through adding filters and a warm message.
Our favourite app for transforming a photos is Word Swag, but there are lots of others that you can try. Read more on how to make images with words.
Your email could also include any changes to your working hours over the holidays, along with how to contact you (or a locum) in an emergency.
Last year Tracy shared a Spotify playlist of her favourite Christmas songs. She has a part-time role as a blues, jazz and soul DJ and her playlist reflected that. (You can have a listen here if you like.) She was surprised to hear back from so many people thanking her for that.
3. Make seasonal posts on your Facebook page
Many of us find ourselves busier than usual in the run up to the holidays, so taking a couple of hours one afternoon to schedule some social media posts could be time well spent.
It isn’t always easy to sit down and come up with inspiration for a dozen posts all in one go, so here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Links to local markets or carol concerts.
- Links to healthy recipes.
- Photos generally – a winter walk, a carol service, local decorations, anything that catches your eye.
- Quotes to promote mindfulness and calm.
- Links to charities you support at this time of year.
- Youtube clips from Christmas movies.
- Youtube clips to Christmas songs.
4. Post a card
You’ve considered all the options, but realise that you prefer writing cards by hand. If that feels right for you, and you have time, that’s great.
If your list is too long, or you don’t have time, you might still want to consider sending one or two.
There might be a few people who refer a lot of others to you. Or someone who has been seeing you for a long time and who you especially value working with. Maybe you have a supplier or another colleague who you especially want to show some appreciation for. There is nothing to beat a hand-written card, especially if it contains a personal message.
5. Home-made treats
In the week before Tracy closes for Christmas, she makes some home-made treats to share. It’s nice to have something to offer receptionists and clients too. Whether it’s fudge, mince pies or vegan truffles, home-made is always special (and you can always share the recipe too).
We hope this has given you some ideas for how to share seasonal good wishes as part of your practice. If you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear them.
Tracy and Lulu