“James, we need to get some pictures for our Christmas card.”
“Aggggg — are we going to be those people who send cards every year?”
“Can’t we just use another wedding photo? We have so many.”
“Absolutely not. We didn’t get married this year!”
“Can’t you just photoshop me in?”
“Does my face have to show?”
“Yes. But we can dress in costumes!”
And then I had my brother snap some pics of us when he was here last weekend. It was pre-coffee for James and pre-breakfast for me, so needless to say, there were MANY out-takes that won’t be making this year’s card, like the failed jump shots, the ones where I am being bossy and giving instructions, the ones that could double as our angsty covers for our couple musical duo that will never happen, ones where it looks like we are choking each other, and the ones that are just bad — all classic James and Hannah out-takes.
According to Real Simple, my authority on everything, you should just skip the holiday card or traditional Christmas family newsletter, as it is outdated and time consuming. I just can’t accept that. I love getting Christmas cards and letters, actual physical ones that I can pour over and then hang on the fridge. Last year I just used some of our wedding photos on a post-card, but this year I am looking into some other card options. I love these from Suzie Stationery, where you get a customized image that you can reprint from wherever. This one and this one from Etsy are a similar idea and I like the verses. I also like a lot of the styles from Minted, but they are a little pricier than I want to spend. A friend just had some done by Tiny Prints that were adorable, but then I occasionally consider just designing our own again, maybe doing some cool hand lettering using my new SigNote app (Thanks Mary Beth for sharing! I’m obsessed).
What about you, are you sending Christmas cards this year? Where are you getting them? Give me all your tips!