Business English- Christmas Cards Do's & Don't's - Answer Sheet

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Business Christmas Cards Do's and Don'ts- Imperatives and Conjunctions Practice (Giving 

instructions/ giving reasons) 

Answer key 

Don't send a business Xmas card to a client's home address, send it to their office. One reason for this is 

to help them keep all their business Xmas cards together in case they need to send replies. 

 

Handwrite something in your business Christmas cards. The main reason for this is to show that they are 

important enough for you to spend time on. 

 

Make homemade business Xmas cards. This is because it looks cheap. 

 

Send separate Xmas cards to each person you deal with in a client company or a supplier, including 

secretaries and assistants in order to get them on your side next time their boss has to make a decision 

involving your company. 

 

Buy Christmas cards in January so that you can get them half price. 

 

Don't write the same message in every card you send, in case two people compare cards and see you have 

not put any thought into what you have written. 

 

Include the names of a business associate’s family in a business Xmas card to show a personal touch. 

 

Write, print or stamp your company name in the Christmas card, as any business cards you include might 

become separated from the Xmas card, making it difficult for them to remember who it is from 

 

Send two separate Xmas cards if your friend or family member is also your business associate so that you 

don't have to worry too much about sending them a similar card or message as you send to people you 

know less well.   

 

Send Christmas cards with general, non-religious messages and pictures like “Happy Holidays” or 

“Season's Greetings” to your overseas clients in order to avoid offending people who are not Christian. 

 

Buy Xmas cards from a charity to show that your company is caring and matches the ideals of Xmas. 

 

Send Xmas cards made of recycled paper and clearly marked as such, as it makes your company look 

ecologically friendly. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007