Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Cards

Sending Christmas cards is truly one of the highlights of the holiday season for me. Getting mail on regular days throughout the year has always been one of my favorite things, so Christmas takes a  favorite thing and doubles it.

Each November, I start planning what Christmas card I’m going to send to our family and friends. I’m one of those people who actually enjoys receiving Christmas newsletters, but I also really enjoy receiving family photos. For our family, I combine the best of both and make up a short Top Ten List of highlights from our year, then add family pictures.

I scour websites and usually land on a Shutterfly design – mostly because all my photos are stored there anyway, but also because they have great quality and lots of flexible designs in their holiday cards. In my world, “flexible designs” means there are more options that just one photo on the page. Since I hate narrowing down an entire year to one specific photo, I use a collage for our card. It’s like having a photo buffet for Christmas!

Since both my parents and my brother have died, I sort of inherited Mom’s Christmas card list. I keep in touch with my brother’s friends (and parents of his friends parents too!), my Mom’s extended family, and people my family knew when I was still in diapers. My Christmas card list is easily over 100 recipients, but this year I’m really bummed about that. Remember that computer crash I had in February? It turns out I lost a majority of my contacts and, therefore, a majority of my Christmas card list. That really really stinks. It means this year, I’m hoping my Christmas card recipients mail me a card FIRST, and that they include their return address on it so I can rebuild my list. If you are a regular on my list, now you know why you won’t be getting a card early this year. But the good news is opening my mailbox in December will be extra exciting for me this year!

And I have a little good news for you too. Shutterfly has some great offers right now (like 40% off your order!), so check it out here. Have I ever mentioned the gift we give to Dan’s parents every year? We put together a photo album with that year’s pictures. It’s great to hang out at their house and pick up one of the past year’s books and flip through our family’s memories. If you click on that link, you’ll see Shutterfly’s photo books are on sale right now too!

Note: this post is sponsored by Shutterfly, but that doesn’t change my opinion! I’ve always loved storing my photos there (for free!), buying their photo books, printing my images, and creating greeting cards on their website.

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