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Our 2015 holiday cards are here! Can you believe it’s that time already?
We went with cards from Shutterfly again this year because we loved the foil-stamped cards we sent out last year. We chose a new design with a similar feel for this year and decided to do a little collage of images taken by the Roots during our Walt Disney World family photo session in March. It’s true that the kids are a bit older, but it’s not like the people in my life don’t know what my kids look like! We’ve got a 24 hour live feed going on at the Morgans if you check my blog/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter, etc.
Speaking of which, I know that some people are falling out of the habit of sending holiday cards because we’re all so in touch all the time these days. It isn’t like it used to be, where a holiday card might be the only time of year you really see pictures of someone’s kid’s or the one way you can reach out and tell an old friend you’re thinking of them.
I get that, but I have three arguments to nudge you the other way:
(1) Not everyone enjoys sharing on social media or looking at what other people are sharing, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want the occasional update. This is especially true for the older generation!
(2) Liking someone’s Instagram photo and sending someone a holiday card that you chose, purchased, stamped, and mailed are two totally different things. Same goes for creating a piece of mail to share with others and creating a tweet. Not the same, people. not the same.
(3) Personally, I cherish holiday cards even after that holiday season is over. I love to see the photos, designs, or pieces of art that people pick to share with others during the holidays and it’s so much fun to go back and look at cards as they turn from funny statements to beautiful paintings to engagement photos to wedding photos to photos with the dog to photos with the baby to photos with the five babies and the dog and all the ugly sweaters.
That’s why you should choose your cards carefully and have them be something special that reflects on your year. Or, you know, in the case of our foil-stamped messages, simply reflects…
We got matching address labels as well to make mailing them out a little easier and to sneak one more photo into the mix. Does my husband make cute kids or what?
One last thought: don’t procrastinate on your holiday cards if you can help it BUT if you have a track record of being the person that mails them out two days after the holidays or you always have a few people who send you cards and then you feel bad because you didn’t send them one, I recommend going with the general “Happy Holidays” or “Happy New Year” cards. They last the longest without making it totally obvious that you weren’t on top of it!
Check out Shutterfly for more beautiful holiday cards and don’t forget to peek at their photo gifts and home decor for the season. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Thanks, Shutterfly! Always a pleasure.