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I love sending Christmas cards. Really.
I just have this thing. I refuse to send them without some sort of personal note to the family. To me, it just seems like a waste of stamps to send off a card with two signatures and nothing else but an impersonal, imprinted message. (I think Laura, now at Hollywood Housewife, thinks the same way I do!)
But last year I sent a photo card and did just that–no written words. The year before, we had an infant; I sent out birth announcements in lieu of Christmas cards.
This year I am bound and determined to get back into the Christmas card swing. There is nothing that says JOY TO THE WORLD like getting a mailbox full of brightly colored envelopes. I want to make my friends and family smile a little more in December.
But have I mentioned I am due with my second baby on December 22nd? I need to get this game started. A great trick to the Christmas card game is having all your cards written, addressed, and stamped before December even starts. Stick them in the mail whenever you feel like it. There’s enough to do in December already … especially if you’re planning on having a baby that month. (Or, say, going on a cruise and then moving to a new city, like my parents.)
Last year I used a lesser-known photo site with a great deal to create my cards. They turned out cute! But the site didn’t offer the option of mailing them for you, which I think is a great invention of modern science. (Although yes, opposed to everything I said above.) Last year, in the throes of moving and single parenting and just being a little insane, I would have appreciated that feature.
I am a long-time fan of Shutterfly and have ordered many prints and photo books from them without any issues. Shutterfly does offer to mail and address your Christmas cards for you for a small fee. That gives them one point in my book. They have a selection of over 700 designs you can choose from for your Christmas photo cards or holiday cards–two points!
They also have a good selection of religious Christmas cards, so there’s their third point in my book. I prefer to send out Christ-centered cards since a) not everyone we send cards to is a Christian; and b) He IS the reason for Christmas, after all. I was a little wary Shutterfly might not honor this part of Christmas, but I was pleased to see they have 35 designs they designate “religious Christmas cards.”
My three favorite designs are shown in this post. If you’re related to me or a close friend, I think you can expect to see one of these in your mailbox in December (with a picture of Libbie, of course). I just have to work on choosing which of Libbie’s eight Christmas dresses I want to try to get a picture of her in.
I’m thinking as soon as her birthday party is over, it’s time to start working on Christmas cards and Christmas presents!
If you’re feeling really ahead of the game, you could even send out cute Thanksgiving cards instead of Christmas cards this year. I actually think that would be pretty fun to receive!
Are you a do-ahead-planner when it comes to the holidays? I tend to start buying gifts in June, to spread out the cost if nothing else. I like to be finished by Thanksgiving. Or do you wait til the last minute for everything and enjoy the bustle of the holidays?
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