Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Christmas card

I love the large volume of mail we receive at Christmas. It's so much fun to see pictures and read updates on friends and family near and far! We always send some kind of greeting, but we have not faithfully sent out traditional cards. A couple of years we've sent a holiday letter via email. But this year when I saw that Shutterfly was generously offering 25 free cards to bloggers, I had to jump on the opportunity.

Boy, did I have a hard time choosing a design, though. There are nearly a thousand options to pick from! I decided to narrow it down considerably by searching only the religious Christmas cards, as I prefer to share our faith in this way, instead of a more general holiday message. I ended up choosing the "Rejoice Rejoice" design. Maybe I'll show you a peek closer to Christmas. =)

I look forward to seeing how our cards turned out when they arrive in a week or two. I've ordered a photo book from Shutterfly in the past and was very pleased with the quality, so I hope the same for our Christmas cards.

So, what about you? Do you send a card every year? And if so, do you write a letter, put together a holiday card, or what?

10 comments:

Wendi said...

I send out something every year. It use to be just cards, then we started writing a letter when we decided to tell everyone we were adkopting Megan. Now we send out a letter and a photo card each year. Getting cards, letters and pictures is one of my favorite parts about Christmas!

Katie said...

I've done all of the above. For a good span of years, I was pretty regular about putting a letter together. Last year, I won that neat DaySpring giveaway on your sister's blog, and that was a blessing that simplified things a lot! I'm just beginning to think of what to do this year! Glad you posted this so I could get things rolling!

angie said...

Since I graduated college, I have been writing a Christmas letter. Over the years, I've become the spokesperson for our growing family. I always try to present the information in a novel way, eg. our dog as the narrator, in an ABC list, top ten list, and so forth. After nearly 20 years, I am running short on ideas! But now, everyone counts on getting the letter, so I must carry on the traditon.

kelseylynae said...

Since Brent and I got married I have tried to write a Christmas letter each year. I missed one year. I'm 2-3. It is very pricey to send out the letter, so I may convert soon to what my cousin does: she fits her on a postcard size cardstock photo [even her written update!]. I'll have to work on being concise, which is not my strong suit, but it would save on postage considerably.

And yes, we love the fruit ticker :) [Oh and I was in OC briefly last weekend but just couldn't bring myself to bother you guys/didn't know how you were feeling...now I'm mad I didn't :( Sorry. ]

thehomespunheart said...

My all-time fave cards are still my homemade magazine photo cards. I've let them go for several years and have just been buying cards on clearance. Like Katie, I did photo cards only last year in simplification. But, am thinking a letter this year.

Kristin said...

Can't wait for that! But I'm curious, how do you get away with only 20? I always try to give a letter update and family photo. We'll see what happens this year! One day at a time, right?!

mom said...

I love receiving news/photos from family and friends every year -- I hope that tradition doesn't die out! We used to send a brief letter and enclose a photo, but in recent years with the help of a computer, I've sent a "photo" letter. I do find it daunting when we receive multiple-page Christmas letters that include TMI (too much information!), but if a picture is worth a thousand words, our "letters" usually include 6-8 photos (or 6,000-8,000 words?!?). I sent photo cards one year and may do that again this year -- so much simpler! Good for you for getting yours done so early! Love you, Mom

Carrie said...

yuuup! LOVE putting together Christmas letters/cards/pictures. We look forward to writing our Christmas letter together every year and we also look forward to receiving other people's letters. So fun!

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

I send cards every year. We've never done photo cards, although 2 years ago we had a professional portrait done and put wallet-sized photos in with our cards. Alex has an appointment next week for Christmas photos, which we'll tuck into our cards this year.

I used to write a letter every year, but now with Facebook and blogging, most of the people I send cards to already know what's been happening in our lives. (I didn't send out birth announcements for this reason.)

I'm making our cards this year. I meant to have them done before Alex arrived, but he came 5 weeks early, so the cards weren't done yet. *sigh* And yes, I'm planning to still do them because I found a Christmas stamp in July that looks like our cat Calvin, whom we gave back to God in February. It's my little way of honoring his memory.

CK N said...

I have done letters, photo cards and the e-mail thing. I'm leaning heavily toward the online, interactive Christmas newsletter. SO FUN! However, I hate that it excludes the few relatives who don't have e-mail. So that's my dilemma.