Tuesday, November 16, 2010

christmas cards

the most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching.
i'm super excited about christmas this year (and every year really).  christmas is my favorite holiday.  i love everything about it:  the decorated christmas tree in my living room, the smell of cranberries and pine coming from my febreeze noticables, peppermint hot chocolate from starbucks while out last minute gift shopping, wrapping presents, spending time with family, and most importantly, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! 
one of my favorite things about this time of year are the christmas cards.  i like sending them, but i love receiving them!  i get so excited when i check the mail and there are christmas cards from sweet friends and relatives!  i don't have a mantel to display them on, so, i hang them off the side of the bar in our kitchen...where they stay until the day after new years! 
this year is extra special!  this will be jude's first christmas that he will actually be able to participate.  (last year he was only 15 days old!)  i'm so excited about our first christmas card as a family.  we will have to take a family picture first, but until we do, i've really enjoyed looking at the cards on shutterfly.  i used shutterfly for jude's birth announcements, and i was so happy with how they turned out!  we will definitely use them for our christmas cards.  the only problem will be picking just one!  they have so many to choose from.  these are a few of the ones i like:

i love how this card keeps Christ the center of Christmas!
 it's on cardstock (sustainably forested :) which also makes me happy!).  the announcements were on cardstock, and that's probably what i'll lean towards now.

this card is an actual folded card...which would be great because we could write personal messages in them, or we could write a note about how this year has been for us...jude turns one in december, so it would be a great way to update!

but, i also really like this one...it's classic and simple...i love the red merry christmas across the picture...and, we love black and white photos, and this card would be perfect for one!  (this is very similar to jude's announcements...it's just our style!)

i'm not sure what to do!  time to ask the hubs...and take a family photo! 
thanks shutterfly for letting me share about your great cards this season. 
attention fellow bloggers...you can get 50 holiday cards for free from shutterfly...check it out:  http://bit.ly/sfly2010!

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