Here's my secret, I've bought Christmas cards to send to family and friends every year for the past 7, and never once sent them out. But truly, it's always been because I've had too many irons in the fire and let it get too late. This year though, things are more settled. Well, I'm still working 2 jobs and dealing with eight million other things, but I've got a plan.
First, I'm not going to try to write a silly newsletter chronicling our year. No one really reads those anyhow. Second, I'm going to order photocards from Shutterfly so I don't have to worry about ordering enough pics for everyone, getting them tucked into the cards, and making sure each card is filled with a pic of each kid. I've been really impressed by the photo books I've ordered from Shutterfly in the past, so I know I can depend on them to provide top notch cards that will do my family proud.
This is the design I'm going with.-
It's a design from this grouping. I like it because it's lighthearted and fun. I also like the Thanksgiving Cards. And if I had half the organization in my personal life as I do in my professional one, I'd probably go that route so I could be ahead of the hassle and time crunch of the holidays.
The thing is, Christmas cards no longer have to be boring cookie cutter missives bought in prepackaged bundles. You can easily personalize your cards to make them as fun to receive as they are to send (in theory, I wouldn't know since I've always been an epic fail at getting them sent). When you use Shutterfly, you're getting the opportunity to turn a holiday card into a keepsake that shares with others the delights your family has had over the past year. No boring newsletter necessary!
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm sharing this secret with you as a part of my participation in Shutterfly's Holiday Blogger program in the hopes of obtaining a code to receive holiday photocards for myself. However, the opinions (and secret) shared are totally my own and have not been influenced by any offer from Shutterfly or anyone else.