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December 8th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Sending Holiday Cards

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In this age of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media outlets, people have so many more ways of staying in touch than they did years ago. It’s easier to talk to far away friends and see pictures of their kids, homes, vacations, activities, etc. Because of this, many question whether or not they should still bother to send out holiday cards.

Do we send holiday cards out of obligation or is the act something that follows the tradition of the holiday spirit of giving? Sending cards can definitely feel like a part of the stress that comes with the season.

Holiday cards are an easy way to spread cheer by connecting with people through a short note, photo, or even just the notion that you’re thinking of them. A card doesn’t have to be a perfect picture, a long newsletter, or sent out to a ton of people. Think of the feeling you get when you find a card with a short note at the end of a stressful day – it brings a smile to your face. And considering how “digital” we’ve all become, a handwritten note or piece of regular snail mail is a real change of pace. Amongst all the bills, advertisements, and catalogs, these lovely cards really shine through.

I’ll be sending out cards this year, just because the act of receiving them has such a impact on me. I know when mine go out, they impact others too. Will you be sending out holiday cards this year?

 

 

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November 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Picking the Perfect Holiday Card

gameoflifeEvery year I struggle to find that PERFECT card with the PERFECT picture. I am planning on using some pictures we had taken of the boys this fall for our card. I usually do a standard picture card along with a fun “letter.”  I use the cards we receive as decorations in our home. So, when you are choosing your card take time to pick out something that will grace others during the holiday season.

At this time of instant communication, written letters are diminishing. A card during the holidays is a great way to let friends and family know you’ve taken some time to think of them. There are many different choices for producing the perfect card.

A purchased card can be one that you pick up at the local  store or one you find online that you put you picture on. This is a great way and the most typical to send a holiday greeting.

Homemade cards take a little more time, but can be a special way to express your love. These can be painted, stamped, or made by assembling paper. You can make these extremely intricate or very simply.

Digital Cards are used more and more every year. These are cards you design online and email to your friends and family. These can incorporate slide shows and more.

A lot of people include  letters in their cards. My husband is a graphic artist so I usually come up with an inventive letter that he executes for me. Last year we did one using an infographic and several years ago we did the Game of Life one that is shown above. I have seen ideas making crossword puzzles, wordless, or just plain newsletters. Get inventive and have a little fun with this part.

How do you like to make your holiday card special?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

 

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