Christmas in the Caribbean: Making / Printing / Mailing Holiday Cards

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When you live on St. Croix (the eastern and southernmost points of United States territories), you have to plan ahead when you need something from the mainland.  Case in point: You should be thinking about your holiday cards right now.

Step One: Get an awesome family photo

Hire a pro to get a current picture of all members of your family (including pets).  Consider Profesional Photographers Quiana Adams, Lindsay Kammerzelt, Kelly Greer or Sarah Stamper.  Preferrably take your picture on a beach to really rub paradise in for all your friends suffering in stateside snow!

Step Two: Design and print your cards

An awesome resource for design and printing on-island is Caribbean Printing and Marketing in Gallows Bay.

Online services to consider include Shutterfly (Tiny Prints is under their company umbrella), Zazzle or Vista Print.  The later does not ship directly to island, so you’ll need to use a freight forwarder like VI Cargo or Paradise Freight, or have a family member in the states forward your package.

Consider including a silly message like “we’ll have a blue Christmas without you,” making sure the crystal blue ocean is prominently pictured in your family photo!

Step Three: Stamp and mail your greetings early

As mentioned in a recent blog post, the St. Croix post offices tend to run out of holiday stamps very early.  So as soon as they become available, buy all you’ll need for your cards.

Drop them in the mail as soon as possible, as standard first-class mail is delayed between the island and the U.S. mainland normally.  When you add holiday mail madness to that, you could be looking at a few weeks before your cards are delivered.  As long as you plan ahead, no big deal.

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