Sending Yuletide Greetings

Can you believe that the Christmas season is {almost} upon us?  I am really looking forward to it this year as the last two Christmases we were in house-selling mode and not able to decorate and entertain as much as we would have liked to.  One of my all-time favorite traditions is sending and receiving Christmas cards.  I’ll admit that I’ve tried to reduce the number of cards that we send out, but then I came to the realization that for me, this is part of the reason for the season:  to reach out to others in the name of God. 

This is the only time of year that we connect with some distant friends and family who we are so fond of.  I’m from a ginormous family – my mother is one of 10, my father one of 5 – and between Mark & I, we have relatives spread across the country and the globe.  We also have lots of friends from different times in our lives that we don’t have the opportunity to see, but who we just adore.  It’s hard to narrow down the Christmas card list, isn’t it? 

As the recipient, I truly love, love, love receiving cards at Christmastime.  How joyful it is to open photo cards of friends’ beautiful children and see how they’ve grown from one year to the next, or who has added to their family!  From my relatives across the sea, it is so wonderful to hear from them and stay in touch.  We hang the cards we receive all over the house; besides our tree they are our main Christmas decorations and we all enjoy them throughout the season.

So now – to score a Christmas card photo of my kids and get the cards out in a timely manner.  Thanksgiving Day provides me with an opportunity I don’t get very often: to take a photo of my kiddos in something other than sweatshirts and athletic pants! {Although, come to think of it, this is exactly what they were wearing in last year’s Christmas card photo!}

Have you seen the cards at Shutterfly this year?  It’s so fun to browse through their designs, plus Shutterly always has great deals so I can afford to send one to everyone on our mailing list.  I am a huge fan of flat stationery cards.  I think these are my top three faves this year:

 I feel like I can never get a photo of my three kids that does everyone justice.  Someone always has to take one for the team.  This one is cute of Hannah and Sean, but Peter is looking away.  This is a good one of Peter and Hannah, but Sean is making that silly face……ugh!!  Last year I created a card that had an individual photo of each child and then one big one of them together.  That way there was a decent photo of each kid.  I can’t believe how many choices there are at Shutterfly for layouts –  if you want to create a card with many photos, or just one, you have lots of options.  For multiple photos, I love the simplicity of these:

This one had me at chevron:
Last year my daughter gave her CCD teachers and girl scout leaders these cute pads of stationery paper from Shutterfly that are customizable with a name.  I always love to receive stationery; in this day of email and texting it’s so nice to receive a handwritten note from a friend in the snail mail!  {It’s also nice to have a some pretty notepaper to send the kid’s teachers a message, isn’t it?}

I recently discovered invitations at Shutterfly too.  I used this one for my little guy’s First Communion last spring:

…..and isn’t this cute for a Christmas party?

Shutterfly is having a sale (20-30% off) that ends today.  Hop over there and get your cards ordered so you can check this one thing off your to-do list, and enjoy the reason for the season!

Blogging friends, check out this promotion from Shutterfly for 50 free cards!
Have a great day!

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