Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas cards

It's that time of year again...time to get my Christmas cards ready to send. Actually, it's a tradition that I actually really love and enjoy.

The last three years, at least, we have been sending photo Christmas cards...some may consider it cheesy; I think it's a beautiful reminder of what is important at this time of year. Looking at other people's cards reminds me with a pang how kids just grow like weeds! Especially when they are not nearby to look at throughout the year. I love receiving them. More and more people seem to be avoiding posting pictures of their kids online, so for some families it may be the first picture you've seen all year. Even people without children can have a photo card that says something about what they have been getting up to in the past year; perhaps a holiday snap or a wedding picture for example.Yup, photo cards really are my favourite kind.

One of my favourite photo cards that we have received over the years would have to be from my husband's mother and grandmother. They had some lovely portraits done that year and one of the pictures was the star of the card. It looked really lovely and is a nice keepsake for our family.

We're planning on sending some memories and maybe a keepsake of our own this year again; hopefully people will enjoy receiving it as much as I enjoy picking out a Christmas card to personalise. This year we'll be going through Shutterfly as I hear their product is amazing. So far I have had a ball perusing the options and even digressed beyond the realm of Christmas cheer and started looking at the gorgeous birthday cards and also the photo calendars, which would make great gifts too! I like the fact that you can also choose religious designs or generic depending on your preference.

In addition to simply having great stuff (which is my honest opinion), Shutterfly is also offering free cards to people just to let others know about their great stuff. It was a no brainer for me. I am really looking forward to getting my cards in the mail as I have had so much fun deciding.

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