My specific question is about addressing Christmas cards, but I believe it pertains to generic cards, too. I'd like to get ideas on how others address their cards.
I have most of my communication with friends and family through electronic means - Facebook, email, texts. I do send physical cards for family birthdays, and also at Christmas.
Most of the people who receive a Christmas card from us are those who we communicate with throughout the year. But, I have a few people/couples/families/acquaintances that the only time we hear from each other is through the Christmas card. No big deal. Everyone who does receive a card has had some sort of relationship with us at one time or another. I love seeing pics of 2nd cousin's kiddos, hearing about a previous neighbors' vacation, or whatever they add in their little note in their card.
However, I realized last year that my previous neighbors are getting older. I lived next to them 14 years ago, in an area that I am not physically close to at all. (They were in their mid-to-late 60's when we lived next door to each other.) I debated how to address their envelope, because I was worried of causing pain by writing "Mr & Mrs" if one of them had passed away during the year. I did a quick google-search, tried a search through the local newspaper's online obituaries, and didn't find anything, but I did receive their card the same day I was addressing mine, so it worked out.
Well, we're back at holiday card time again. So, I was curious to read about how others deal with a situation like this. (My extended family didn't know my (then) neighbors, so they wouldn't know to tell me if they saw the obituary.) I'm sure there are other options I haven't though of. And its entirely possible I'm missing something totally simple and obvious. My mind hasn't been working the greatest lately, due to a high amount of stress and a huge lack of sleep.