About six weeks ago, we talked about gathering your mailing addresses and exploring holiday card ideas. So because those things are already done, this week’s task is a simple one — address those envelopes.
If you can whip out the envelopes in one sitting — preferably with a mug of cocoa and while watching a Christmas classic, then you’ll have more time later to individually write your messages inside your cards.
And if this task only takes you a few minutes, then you can use your extra time to finish up some of the other tasks in our 12 Weeks to a Peaceful Christmas series.
If you still haven’t decided on cards yet, here are some of my favorites.
Custom Photo Cards
• Dayspring has a new line of custom photo cards out, and they are Christian themed. If you use the coupon code CHILDREN15, you’ll get 10 percent off your total and they’ll donate 6 percent of your purchase to Compassion International.
• Tiny Prints, though a bit pricey, offers extremely delectable photo cards — I love browsing their website.
• PhotoWorks also has a good selection of holiday cards this year — and they’re also a good source for gifts like calendars and photo books.
• Photo Card Design has the most unique layouts and customizations. I really love their work.
Make Your Own Photo Cards
If you’ve got a knack with Photoshop, you can whip out your own photo cards and have them printed at places like Snapfish, Shutterfly, Costco, or Target. Most of these places offer premade holiday layouts as well, if that’s easier.
I’ve also had good success with Vistaprint; they’re especially great if you need larger quantities.
Get the kids in on the action, and have them paint or draw a holiday scene. Then scan their artwork, adjust the size, and print your cards on simple cardstock. Make sure you buy envelopes before you create your cards, so that you know what size to make.
The tried-and-true paper newsletter is a favorite, and you can fill in your family and friends about your entire year. But the costs can add up with the printing and the paper.
An alternate newsletter idea is to email a newsletter, making it a bit spiffier than a standard email. My favorite newsletter service is MailChimp, and they make it very easy to create a custom layout.
Personally, though, I love receiving Christmas cards in the mail and then donning them as holiday decor around the house. Then after the holidays, we keep the ones with photos on our fridge, remembering to pray for these loved ones all year.
What are your plans for holiday cards this year?