The holidays are my favorite time of year. There is nothing like the smell of Christmas trees, the sound of holiday music, the beautiful decorations, and the memories spent with your loved ones that bring a smile to my face. Since I started my own family I feel it is important to create holiday traditions for my kids so they have great memories to look back on. The one tradition that I love, and I think some people have lost is the art of sending holiday cards. People get so busy with their lives they forget, or do not have enough time. With the advancement of technology and social media people post holiday messages on Facebook and send impersonal " Merry Christmas" texts to everyone in their phone. I think it is time we bring back the tradition of sending out holiday cards. I have a box I keep each and every card I have ever gotten in. I especially love the ones that have pictures on them. I hang them up during the holidays as decorations too, I have an old woven rattan thing (I am going to be honest am not 100% sure what it is) that I hang on my wall and clip holiday cards on them with glittered cloths pins. It always looks so pretty and festive.
But I get it, no one has the time to:1.Take their family to a photographer
2.Wait for the photos
3.Make the cards
4.Address them all AND mail them out.
Guess what though? There is a much easier and prettier way to do holiday cards .How you say? By doing two things, using your own photos, and using an amazing company called Minted.
The first thing is the photos, you do not have to take your family and spend hundreds of dollars on a staged photo for your holiday card. I like to use pictures we have taken over the year that are not staged. I go through my camera and cell phone and pick my favorites to use for my card. If you're not that great a photographer you can always use a free photo editing software online or read a few beginner tutorials on photography. Honestly though, even cell phones take pretty good pictures now. The quality is much better than it used to be. I looked through some of the photos I have that may work.
As you can see, I have several pictures I could choose from. If you do not find any you like, you can always dress your kids up, and take them to the park to take some pictures. I love the candid shots of my kids way more then the ones we have taken professional. The one thing I would recommend is to dress them in similar colors so it looks more cohesive.
After you have picked out a picture you would love to share with family and friends, head on over to Minted and check out their amazing collection of creatively designed and quality cards. They are printed on high quality paper and look amazing. Here are just a few example of what you can create:
Minted finds artist from around the world to design these beautiful cards, and the keep up on popular trends so there is something for everyone. What if you do not want to use a photo of your kids on your holiday card? Minted came up with a great idea, use their artwork!! I think this is a creative and genius way to showcase you child's creativity as well.
All of these cards and more have matching envelopes so it looks professional and cohesive. They will also do receipt addressing, and for a limited time they are offering it FREE!!
Can you imagine the joy on your family and friends face when they get one of these amazing cards in the mail from you! I personally love getting holiday cards in the mail because they make me feel special and thought of during a time when a lot of people forget what the holiday season is about. Now that I have given you ways to make the process easier, join me in bringing back a wonderful tradition. Make sure you check out Minted and the great collection of cards they carry. They have some other wonderful products to check out also.
I plan on posting some great ideas on displaying your beautiful card, so look for that in the next few weeks.