Ho-Ho-Holiday Cards!

Christmas, children, is not a date.  It is a state of mind.
~Mary Ellen Chase

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but Huzzy won’t be home until after Christmas so I like thinking that it’s so close. Actually, it is. It’s only 60 days away! Woot!

I generally start doing my holiday cards early. Mostly because it takes me fooooorever to do them. I may start in October, but they don’t get out until mid-December.

Count Your Blessings card. Photo from Shutterfly.

So I started looking at easy ways to get some great holiday cards out. Shutterfly was recommended to me by a friend and I’ve fallen in love**!  It’s so easy… my favorite part is being able to add your own photos to Christmas cards at incredibly awesome prices.

My absolutely favorite card I’ve come across is the We Are Counting Our Blessings card. It pretty much sums up my last year. I’ve spent a total of six weeks with Huzzy since the last holiday season (of course, we didn’t have the holidays together and didn’t see each other until the last week of February). Counting our blessings is the only way to get through this.

Huzzy and I only have animals and since most people don’t really care about our dogs, I started thinking how perfect this card would be for my friend who JUST had a baby girl a few weeks ago. They also have one of the most adorable and well-behaved two-year-olds as well.  It is such a perfect card, especially for showing off a brand-new baby!  I also love how it has the red and white candy stripes that remind me of a candy cane.

In fact… as I write this, I am thinking that I might just get holiday cards for my friend for Christmas. I think she’d really like it. I know she’s already expressed interest in me taking photos of them for the holidays before he leaves. Her husband will be gone for the holidays this year too. In fact, this is his fourth holiday season away from home. He’s NEVER spent the holidays with his children. That tears at my heart.

So what do you do for Christmas cards? Do you send cards or letters out? Do you buy them from the store? Online? Create them yourself? Do you include photos? Letters?

(**I will be receiving 50 free cards for writing this post, but I was seriously checking out Shutterfly and falling in love with it before I even knew about the promotion. I will never put something on my blog that I don’t wholeheartedly believe in.)

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3 thoughts on “Ho-Ho-Holiday Cards!

  1. I love these! I have been bad about cards for a few years now. I will buy them and only send like 1/3rd of them off. Very bad. This year I plan to get a picture of all 3 boys & print some Shutterfly cards. I will probably just send to family, super close friends and people who send me cards.

  2. We usually do a photo card through snapfish and write a year in review letter. I don’t even actually sign my name anymore! We send over 200 each year, so our signature is printed…much easier that way! I’ll start writing the letter in the next few weeks and get everything out in mid-December.

    What boat is your husband on?

  3. Annie… that sounds like such a good idea. And I’m sorry, but due to OPSEC, I don’t give out my husband’s boat information. The submarine community is such a small community!

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