Create Christmas Card For Your Teacher
As the cold starts setting in and the holiday season gets into full swing, it’s an important time of year for schools and teachers as well. The first semester is getting wrapped up, and all the students and teachers are getting ready to finish tests and assignments before a long and well-deserved break. And you might be thinking if I should send a Christmas card to teachers?
At this time of year, folks like to send Christmas cards to those who mean something to them. You might send a card to your friends, family, loved ones and relatives. You may even wish to send a card to colleagues or distant relatives. Everyone loves receiving a card, and it’s always seen as a nice gesture.
What about sending a Christmas card to your teacher? A teacher is one of the most influential people in a young person’s life, often spending upwards of four or five hours a day in close contact with them. A good teacher will be remembered forever, so why not give them something small to remember you or your child by?
Why give a Christmas card to your teacher
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Teachers often work challenging and stressful jobs. They have to do all the same lessons as the students, and then at the end of it, they need to go and plan all the ones for tomorrow! And that’s not including all the paperwork and meetings that are involved. While teachers often struggle with the stress and workloads in their day-to-day lives, they will always say it’s worth it because it’s so rewarding helping the students and seeing them grow.
A Christmas card for teachers is a small gesture you can do that shows how much you appreciate your teacher and all the hard work they’ve put in to help you (or your child!) learn and progress to their fullest. Without these hard-working and sacrificial people taking on jobs, not for the money or an easy life, but to help our country’s young people, we would be in big trouble.
If you’d like to read more about how teachers feel about their profession, check out this awesome article on 10 Reasons To Love Teaching. It’s a short ten-minute read and may give you an interesting insight into how teachers feel about their job.
Doesn’t it sound like a good idea to spend 5 minutes showing how much you appreciate them? We think one of the best things you can do as a student is to show a little love to one of the most important people in your life, and Christmas is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Why create a digital Christmas card for your teacher instead of a traditional card
When you’ve decided you want to make a Christmas card for your teacher, then you’ve got a choice to make. On the one hand, you can take the work out of things by buying a ready-made card that is suitable for the occasion. Nowadays, you can get gorgeous customizable cards sent quickly and easily.
Many people choose this option as the process has been made so smooth and easy. Click a few buttons and a fully created digital Christmas card will be on its way to you. You don’t have to go to the store, you don’t have to spend time making something with card and glue, and it’s often cheaper than if you’d buy it in a shop! It’s also straightforward to add in a small gift or two!
Digital Christmas cards allow you to do things that regular Christmas cards cannot. For example, a digital Christmas card can be easily customized with a favorite photo that you think would lend a nice personal touch. It can also be used to gather responses for a group Christmas card - as outlined further below.
How to create a digital Christmas card
Now you might be considering a digital Christmas card for your favorite teacher but wondering how to go about it. It can be tough to know where to get started if you have never done it before. Luckily, you have this article to show you exactly how to create a digital Christmas card for your teacher. We will show you how to do this in a few easy steps:
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Decorate the card. If you gave your teacher a plain white piece of card with “Thanks!” scrawled on the inside they’d look more than a little confused. We need to adorn this card and give it the personal touch. One way to do this is to decorate the card. The great thing about using a website for this service is you have lots of templates to choose from. Pick one you think your teacher will like! You can also add photos or other digital images to spruce it up a little. Get creative and remember, the more personal, the more the teacher will appreciate it.
Add a message. A hard-working teacher who cares about their students will always appreciate a Christmas card from them, and you can be sure they will read every single message. So make sure you include a message that says exactly how you feel about your teacher. A card without a message is like a birthday without the cake. Something will seem missing! If you’re stuck for ideas on what message you could use, take a look at our next section. And with Bells and Wishes, you have a simple option to make a group card from a whole family or class!
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Messages you can put in your Christmas card for a teacher
When a teacher reads a card that you have given them, the first thing they will do is read the message. It will also be the main thing they remember from the card, so you will want to make sure you write a good one. You could write something simple like “thank you for being my teacher”, but there are ways to express the same feeling in a way that your teacher will greatly appreciate.
Take a look at the following premade messages you can use for inspiration on your Christmas card for your teacher. (And remember, you can alter these slightly to give it your own personal touch!)
- Thank you so much for helping me learn this year!
- I was very nervous at the start of the year, but thanks to you I’ve really enjoyed my time at school this semester.
- Thank you for all the hard work you put in every day. We all appreciate it!
- Thank you for making school feel like a second home for me!
- I just wanted to say thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.
- I struggled a lot with math/science/art before having you as a teacher, but now I’m much more confident in the subject!
- I loved laughing at all your jokes this year!
- Thank you for putting the effort into planning fun lessons for us every single day!
- I just wanted to say sorry for any bad behavior I did this year. I really appreciate you as a teacher!
If you are sending a card to the teacher of your child or children, then perhaps these tailored premade messages will help you.
- Thanks for all the hard work looking after my son/daughter this year!
- My child was so nervous before starting school but settled in quickly thanks to you.
- I’ve never seen my son/daughter so happy to go to school. Thank you.
- I was worried about how my child would get on with the new school year, and I’m so pleased that he/she had such a good teacher to help him through it.
And those are just for starters! There are a million different ways to express good wishes and gratitude in a card.
How to make your card unique
If you really want to impress your teacher and make them feel special, try putting your own unique twist on the card. A generic “happy holidays” card with a message inside will be appreciated for sure, but adding a little extra can make a card your teacher will never forget. Here are some ideas:
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Add in a photo or two. Do you have any photos of you with your teacher? Put them in! Your teacher will have the biggest smile when they see the happy faces on a Christmas card. Many schools have a school website with photos from field trips or activities which can be a good source for these.
Show off your talents. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is seeing young minds excelling at what they enjoy and what they’re good at. If you’re a budding young artist, then why not make our teacher a drawing? If writing is more your thing, then how about writing them a short poem?
Reminisce about a memory. Can you think of any great memories you have shared with your teacher this year? Perhaps it was a funny joke, an exciting experiment, or a lesson that you really struggled with but your teacher helped you overcome it. These shared stories will make your teacher value your card and be happy working to make enjoyable classes and lessons for you.
Should you make a group card?
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One important question to consider when making a Christmas card for a teacher is whether to send a single card from yourself (or your son or daughter), or whether to do it as a group instead.
Having 25 different cards can be a little bit overwhelming for the teacher and is a lot of effort for the students. But it does mean that every student has the chance to make something and write a message that is more meaningful. But in reality, unless it’s a class project, there will always be students who forget or don’t finish in time.
A group card can be a handy option instead. You can create one special card from everyone and make sure that every single student puts a small message in it. Often, group cards can be larger so it can fit every single student’s message.
One exciting option that modern technology has given us is the chance to make a group ecard. An ecard is the same as a group card but can be done electronically. The card is very simple to set up as you only need to include some simple information. As it’s electronic, it’s effortless to add photos or even a video or gif to show to your teacher! And you can simply share the card link with all the students so they can send a message over the internet. Easy!
Is Christmas a good time of year to send a card to your teacher?
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Most students who start their school year in September and finish in the summer will have many opportunities to show gratitude to their teachers. Term breaks and holidays are dotted throughout the school year. So how do you know when the best time to send a card or some other token of appreciation is?
The first thing to point out is that the first semester, for most schools, is the longest. The way the Western calendar is broken up between summer, Christmas and Easter leaves more weeks for the first one than any other. This means it can be the most grueling time of year with few breaks.
The fact that Christmas comes at the end of this period makes it the perfect time to show your appreciation just when your teachers will value it most.
In addition, that first term ends right in the middle of winter. The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and everyone is gearing up to make it through the chilly months with a lack of sun and warmth. Later on in the year, as spring and summer begin to descend, people start to smile more. A little happiness like a gift from one of your students can be the perfect tonic to lighten up a moody winter’s day.
Should you give a gift to your teacher at Christmas?
In this article so far, we’ve been talking about a Christmas card for teachers as it is the perfect vehicle for showing gratitude and can be customized any way you prefer. You may also consider the idea of giving your teacher a gift for Christmas, either with or without the card.
Any teacher will greatly appreciate the thought that comes with any gift they are given for Christmas. Like with the card, the real value comes in your appreciation for the relationship you have built. But some gifts will always go down better than others.
What type of gifts would be best to buy your teacher? Every person is different, and of course, every teacher is different too. So the best gift you can offer would be something unique to your teacher. For example, let’s say your teacher has talked to you about her sweet tooth and her love of desserts, then giving a gift of a box of fancy chocolates would be perfect.
On the other hand, you should be careful not to give a common gift that might not be appropriate. For example, some teachers may not drink alcohol at all, so buying a bottle of red wine, a very normal gift for some people, would not come across too well.
The subject of giving your teacher cash as a gift can be a thorny issue, too. I’d recommend you speak with other students or parents or admin staff at the school to see what the precedent is. You don’t want to give a $50 gift only to find your favorite teacher got in trouble for accepting it as it went against school policy!
Should I send a Christmas Card if my teacher isn’t Christian?
In today’s multicultural world, it’s normal to have teachers of a wide range of ethnicities and religions. It’s also smart to take into account the differences between people and have some cultural sensitivity. Not all cultures celebrate Christmas, so it’s normal to wonder whether it’s appropriate to give a Christmas card to a teacher that isn’t Christian. If you’re unsure, a safe alternative is to make a general Holiday card with a tagline of “happy holidays” or something similar. This takes into account the holiday season, which incorporates Christmas, and Thanksgiving as well as other non-Christian holidays, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
So there you have it, our comprehensive round-up of Christmas cards for teachers. You may want to take this opportunity to check out the digital cards over at Bells and Wishes. Click the link to see tons of samples, templates, and ideas for great Christmas cards to share with your teacher. Remember, making a digital card can save time, is customizable, and helps save the environment too!