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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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December 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am

What to do with those holiday cards!

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It’s always nice to receive snail mail, especially in this age of technology when email and social media are preferred to the more traditional means. Holiday cards are a nice way of reminding people you’re thinking of them…but what do you DO with all of them?? There’s only so much table space available in a home! Here are a few creative ways to display your holiday cards:

Card Wall Decor

This is a great way to display your cards on a wall with open space. Grab a few and create a wreath, Christmas tree, Hannukah Star, you name it! The cards instantly become beautiful holiday décor!

Card Centerpiece

Collect some thing twigs and branches from the ground outside and create a card tree centerpiece! Use your imagination…you can spray paint them white or silver and add holiday baubles like craft ornaments, berries, bows, etc. Attach ribbons to each card and hang them like ornaments. It makes a beautiful display for a hall kitchen table!

Card Book

The easiest way to display your many cards is to create a book. Simply punch a hole in the same corner of each card and put a ribbon or metal ring through it. You can dress it up as much as you like by adding a nice cover and back cover, sparkles, embellishments, etc.

Scrapbook Materials

If you’re a scrapbooker, holiday cards make the perfect materials for a holiday scrapbook! Include pictures of your family, friends, etc. and use the pretty graphics and paper as accents.

What do YOU do with your holiday cards?

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November 26th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Holiday Card

A couple of weeks ago I had the kids participate in a “Holiday Quickie” photo shoot. For a small fee and 15 minutes, a photographer snapped photos of the boys for me to use for holiday cards. There were a bunch of cute ones… and then I found this one. It so captures my boys personality. Ian, so serious and Connor, the ham. Now I just need to find the perfect card to highlight it.

Do you find yourself doing that? Looking everywhere to find the perfect card to send out to family and friends. One that highlights the years events or shows off the family.  Pinterest has made this even more stressful. ALL the good ideas……

Before you even start looking think about what you want the card to have……

  • Photo of some sort (this may dictate the theme)
  • Highlight information about the family and its happenings
  • Religious, winter, or general holiday theme

These things will help to narrow down what kind of cards you are looking for. Try to capture your family’s personality in the card. I could have picked one of the perfectly posed pictures of my boys, but I knew this picture would truly bring a smile to everyone’s face when they opened it. Cards are to share holiday joy – pick one that will do just that!

What are you doing for your Cards this year?

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

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December 2nd, 2011 at 5:00 am

How to Dress Kids Alike for a Family Photo, But Different (wink, wink)

My sons are getting older… and you know what that means, right?

Ever since we’ve had more than one child, I’ve dressed the boys exactly alike for the “infamous” holiday photo.

In 2005, I dressed William and Alexander in red sleepies…

In 2006, I dressed William and Alexander in matching snowman pajamas…

In 2007, we had Benjamin – I matched them all in green sleepies…

In 2008 (I have a photo!), we had Henry – I matched them all in red shirts (even Daddy!)…

In 2009, I matched them all in blue buttons downs…

In 2010, we had a little problem… NOBODY WANTED TO DRESS ALIKE!

I mean, really… NOBODY.

So I did the next best thing, I bought the same “kind” of sweater, but in 4 different colors.

Easy.

And this year? Well… guess what? Same thing happened. The boys didn’t want to dress alike in matching sweaters (wipe my tears…), so I let them all pick out a striped sweater. Not surprising, nobody picked the same one. I have to say, it makes me happy… and they’re happy, too. Easy way to make the Holiday photo look good!

Good luck everyone!

Audrey McClelland can also be found at MomGenerations.comLifetime Beauty/StyleMomversation.comGettingGorgeousEvents.com and GiftGuideGirls.com She is also the co-author of The Digital Mom Handbook.

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