Our family didn't begin sending out a Christmas photo (just a regular card before that) until our daughter was born. Though we had plenty of news to share that year, since she had a long hospitalization a couple weeks after her birth, it was probably the only year that I stuck the card in the envelope, and then stamped and addressed it. No signature or message. I wasn't in total survival mode, but a personal Christmas greeting was just not a priority that year. On the other hand, that photo Christmas card was extremely cute, and showed that our baby girl was happy and looked healthy, and it continues to be one of our all time favorites.
When M was about a year old, we sent out our Christmas card with a photo of M inside. Simple and basic. But the following year, we added E to the family and just moved into our new home. I created the 4x6 photo collage to the right using Picasa's collage creator to add to a standard Christmas card. (I shared about making these affordable Christmas collages. The cost is just for the print!)
Last year was our first year using Shutterfly for the purpose of creating a folded photo Christmas card, shown to the left, though the image is blurry. (I was able to do this as a promotion for them through this blog; I was willing to do it because I had used Shutterfly plenty of other times-happily.) I couldn't believe how beautiful it was! We had a great family photo for the front of the card, which helped. Inside I was able to add more photos, as well as a summary about each of us. I was amazed at how personal I could make it. Since the card I chose did not include a Bible verse or reference to Jesus, I was able to do that, too. We had never created a card so beautiful, and others noticed and told us.
I'm excited that Shutterfly has offered us the opportunity for more Christmas cards through them again this year.
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