I don't think it is a faux pas. I guess I am focusing on how crappy the label looked. The thing I got from my insurance agent looked more personal--although there they have a ve$ted intere$t in being personal.
There are address labels and there are address labels. Most are very nice. The one that graced this card was crappy.
Anyhoo, I was just surfing some sites that talk about this very thing and there are conflicting rules.
I believe it is true that you should hand address your cards, however, another site advises sending out cards to everyone you know so you can spread the cheer around. So, that would require printing labels, especially because you are going to handwrite the name of the person you are addressing on the inside of the card. (And that is probably more important because as someone suggested, the inside is for them to read, the outside is for the postman.)
That is what was sorely missing from my card today. Just a little "Dear Ckimoo and Fam," above the inside message. I just would have liked to have felt that they actually intended my card for me and I didn't feel that. (I'm such a whiny....)
Pre-printed (printed name) Christmas cards are fine, but also require a handwritten signature. For example: If your card is printed "Happy Holidays from The Grouphuggers--Betty, David, Alisha, and Devon" You still should write a salutation at the top "Dear Frou-Frou Family," and then sign it at the bottom with your first name only as in "Love, Betty"
No need for the full name there--its already on the page, eh?
So, to summarize what I propose so far:
Handwritten salutation inside
Handwritten signature required (Printed sigs are OK but still require a handwritten sig)
Printed labels are ok but should look neat
Send them to one and all
Ink stamps and/or stickers encouraged?
And finally.. reciprocate
(Yes, I have to send these folks a card and stop being such a Lady Beagle pouting over a stupid address label. After all, I'd better not pout!)