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Hey everyone! Can you all believe that it is December 1st already? Don’t let the anxiety of commercialism kick in. That’s not what it’s all about anyway. Today I want to help you to avoid doing something that I do every year. I wait until the very last minute to create and mail out our Christmas cards. Yea, it’s not a big deal, but I think it’s my special way of saying to everyone Hello, We Miss You, and Merry Christmas!
There are so many different styles of Christmas cards and they should not be complicated for you. Let’s keep them fun and not stressful. Today is a good day to decide if you’re going to have a card with simple wording, a themed card, or a card that includes a special ornament. A card with simple greetings will look this ↓ You can find them at Target for about $8. You can order online and pick it up at the store today. That will give you ample time to address them and mail them off. Get the kids involved by allowing them to include a special drawing on the card or signing their own names. Your family and friends will surely smile at their effort.
Your next choice could be a family photograph with a simple wording. This is my family’s go-to choice mostly every year. If you have a photo printer at home it will be very easy for you to do this in about one hour. Chose a family picture that you all love or simply take one with your camera. Next, you can use Microsoft Publisher to find a template that suits the card that you have in mind. Remember that if you choose this option you will have to purchase your coordinating envelopes. Be sure and get the correct size of the card that you plan to print. If you have your picture taken professionally, ask your photographer if they offer Christmas greeting cards for your photo. There will be an additional charge, but many photographers are starting to include this option in their Christmas packages. If you don’t have the ability to print at home you can print with Target photo. Simply upload the picture that you plan to use and select the card and paper type. Make 100% sure that you review before you print. Target is kind of enough to refund your error, but it will save you time from having to start the process all over again.
Another really cool option that you have for this year’s Christmas card is a theme greeting. I had to make a fast decision for my family’s card last year, so I settled on the red buffalo pajama theme. We took the picture after staying up really late watching a Christmas movie, It may have been close to midnight. You can probably tell by our expressions.
Cards that include a special ornament are sentimental and beautiful. I wouldn’t suggest you doing this for everyone on your list unless it is financially feasible for you. Target and other specialty stores like Hallmark have the best ornaments to coordinate with your greeting card. You can also choose an ornament that will replace a typical style greeting card.
Using these types of ornaments to replace a traditional style Christmas card will cost you between $10-$20. I’m sure they will definitely be a hit with your family and friends.
Still unsure about what direction you want to take for this year’s Christmas card? Take a look at some of these ideas that I enjoyed pinning on my Christmas Pinterest board. I’ll be adding, even more, pins this weekend, so please be sure and follow my board for even more ideas.