Thursday, September 12, 2013

Holiday Cards

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey ladies, 

It's holiday card time!

I know, I know.  We just put the kids on the bus last week and now I am talking to you about Christmas.  I'm worse than the stores!  It's a selfish reason to talk about the holidays though, because it means I might get my own act together if I put it out there in Blogland.

Here's a dirty secret of mine:  sometimes I can be a total procrastinator.  Such has been the case with my holiday cards.   I always intend to have them ready and mailed right after Thanksgiving but time marches on so quickly.  Last year, I made a point of writing "HOLIDAY CARDS" on the calendar.  I figured if I wrote it down, it would remind me.  Then I planned for our card and our picture.  And guess what?  When the deals started popping up for holiday cards, I was ready to execute.  

The key is to start thinking about your cards today!  If you need a little inspiration, here are some ideas (these cards were from Tiny Prints):

  • Kids singing and playing with little kid instruments (a la Jimmy Fallon) and a card like this:

  • Vacation shot from the beach?  Got you covered:

  • Kids making cookies or eating cookies and this:

  • Kids holding hands or hugging and this:

Some other ideas?  Well, I always like a play on song lyrics or movie lines...

  • Snow shot - "Dashing Through The Snow"
  • Sleeping Baby - "Silent Night"
  • Kids laughing - "Laughing All The Way"
  • Kids surprised - "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas"
  • City shot - "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style."
  • Kids by tree - "Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the <insert your name> family Chrithmath." - from "Christmas Vacation"
I love local touches too.  Last year I used the Erie Canal as a backdrop for our holiday cards.  It's right in our village and the fall leaves and beautiful waterway made it an awesome backdrop.  

Recently we visited the Rochester Museum of Play and the kids sat on the steps of Sesame Street.  I thought that would be a cute holiday card too...everyone in our town knows that place!  And, you could use the (above mentioned idea) "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style."

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas!  And if you need help planning a photoshoot, check out this post.  Do you have anything fun planned for your cards this year?!  Really all you need is a cute photo or heartfelt message.  We'd love to see what you come up with!

Gotta go.  I'm making valentines...

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  I love the Holidays and I love the idea of being able to create graphics, like these.  But, I am graphically challenged ... so I'm very grateful for Tiny Prints.  Now if TP could just get my kiddies to stay still .....?

Note from Mrs. Williams:  This post has me inspired - might just try to get the boys outside for some pics and future holiday cards this weekend - wish me luck!

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