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Festive Friday 2016! New Toolkit!

Christmas is coming – that special time of love and caring, family and community, the time when we reach out to spread good will and happiness! And it’s when the Christmas cards start arriving that we really begin to feel that lovely festive feeling. What better way to get this all started nice and early than by joining in with Festive Friday 2016 – this year being held on Friday 25th November!

Festive Friday, the last Friday in November, is the special day for everyone in the card industry (and all lovers of cards) to send their personal Christmas cards.

The idea is to create a great sparky first wave of beautiful cards arriving in the first week of December to get everyone in the Christmas card-sending mood!

We have lots of ideas and a brilliant Festive Friday Toolkit (see below) to help inspire you, get creative and organise Christmas card-sending events in the lead up to or on the actual day itself!

Take part in the GCA’s Festive Friday Twitter Giveaway!
We’re reprising this – as it went so brilliantly last year! Help us create another massive wave of free publicity for the day – all you need to do is give away a pack of Christmas cards (or two if you prefer) to your lucky winner!

Here's how to take part:
Post a photo of your giveaway prize at 9am on Festive Friday using the words:

It’s #FestiveFriday! RT&follow by 9pm today for a chance to #win in our #giveaway. Get sending your Christmas cards!

Tweet your winner after 9pm and, if the winner has ‘followed’ you, send a private message congratulating them and get their address details for the prize. If the recipient then posts a photo of their prize a few days later, this can also be retweeted.

More ideas!
Change your Facebook and Twitter covers and email sign off images to Festive Friday ones in the lead up to the day - these are all in the toolkit below. And post lots of lovely pics on Instagram.

Donate some (old or new) Christmas cards to a good cause: contact your local school, play centre, an elderly people’s home, charity, hospital ward for elderly people or children, community centre or church group. Give them a lovely box of free Christmas cards, details of Festive Friday and a poster (see toolkit below) to help them to organise a Christmas card sending event on the day.

Organise a Festive Friday event at work using the toolkit below. Get your staff together for an hour to write their Christmas cards, provide the cards and postage and send them all out on the day.

Take photos! Post these on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and remember to tag us! @GCAUK

And most important of all - remember to send lots of Christmas cards!

The offical Festive Friday 2016 Banner, Flyer and Poster

Festive Friday 2016 Banner Logo
Festive Friday 2016 Flyer
Festive Friday 2016 Poster

We also have layered files if you wish to do something more creative with the imagery. These are too big to house here, but just pop us an email over and we'll send them over to you.

Social Media Cover Images
Help spread the word by using these in the lead up to and during the event!

Facebook
Twitter
Email Sign Off

Remember to keep us updated with what you get up to by using the hashtag #FestiveFriday. I'd also love to receive images!

Here are some photos from our GCA card writing event last year - Happy Festive Friday!