Get a head start on your photo Christmas cards by saving pictures throughout the year.

Pictures you should save for your holiday cards

The holidays are a busy time of year – it seems like the second after you carve that turkey it’s time to start shopping for gifts! (And it certainly doesn’t help that Black Friday appears to be starting earlier every year.) Sending Christmas cards is another thing you’ll have to check off your to-do list this holiday season, and if you want to save yourself some time (and sanity), it’s a good idea to start collecting pictures for your photo Christmas cards well before Santa begins making appearances at malls across America. As you’re taking photos of important events throughout the year, be sure to set a few aside for your holiday cards!

Family vacations
Are you taking a family vacation this summer? Whether you plan to spend some time on the beach or prefer to go camping, you’re sure to snap plenty of pictures of your family spending time together. Put your favorite shots in a folder on your computer so you can easily access them when it’s time to design your Christmas cards.

Games and performances
Whether your kids are soccer stars or are performing in a school play, photos of their games and performances are ideal for your holiday cards. Family members and friends who live far away and can’t attend these events will love getting a visual update on what your kids are up to! You’re already saving the photos for your own personal scrapbook, so why not share them with your loved ones as well?

Candid shots
One of the great things about technology is that it allows us to carry cameras with us wherever we go. (Thanks, smartphones!) If you’re lucky enough to capture some candid shots – perhaps a tender moment between your spouse and your dog or your child’s face covered in chocolate ice cream – save them! These out-of-the-ordinary photos will surely put a smile on the face of anyone who receives your Christmas card this year.

Special occasions
If it’s been a big year for your family, be sure to save some photos of the special occasions you shared together. From Sweet 16 birthday parties to college graduations, life milestones are the types of events that your loved ones will want to hear about! A picture’s worth a thousand words, and including photos of these special occasions on your holiday cards will help your loved ones feel like they were there.

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