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These proud grandparents had a lot to share, and their Christmas card shows it. So many beautiful grandkids! And they managed to get them all together in one great photo, which we know isn’t easy to do. Kudos to them, both for the photos and for finding the perfect card to show them off. Janice, the industrious grandmother, explains how they managed to get everybody together.

“We scheduled a photographer to meet us during a family reunion in Park City, Utah. She photographed us in two nearby locations, first, using an old barn as a backdrop and second, in a horse pasture with the mountains as a backdrop. The hardest part has been keeping the photos “under wraps” until the Christmas cards were mailed, so it’s exciting to finally be able to unveil our wonderful family pictures.

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Ready or Not… The Holidays are Here!

Holiday card wording ideas
We know the holidays are a busy time of year with baking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, cooking… and the list goes on. Sending your Christmas cards can get lost on the long list of to-dos, but we know you still think it is important to send a greeting to your loved ones. We wanted to help by sharing wording ideas that we think could be fun to put on your card, even if it is late. And don’t forget to have fun with your photos, too! Below are 10 holiday card wording ideas plus 10 cards with editable text for you to write whatever you wish!  Continue reading

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Ideas for Displaying Christmas Cards

‘Tis the season for your mailbox to be filled with beautiful Christmas cards from loved ones – it truly is our favorite time of the year! With all these beautiful cards, we love coming up with ideas for displaying your Christmas cards to add to the holiday decor in your home. Here are 3 ideas for displaying Christmas cards in your home.

1. DIY Inspired created this idea using chicken wire and clothes pins. She uses an old frame, chicken wire, and some cute ornaments as added decor. The bigger the frame, the more cards you can fit! Visit her blog for the full tutorial.
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Uh Oh, Need Christmas Cards Done Quick!

Time’s running out and you need Christmas card ideas fast! Here are some of our easiest Christmas cards to personalize: just 1-3 photos, no lengthy text to edit, and colors you can change — but don’t have to if you don’t want to! Pick one of these cards, upload your photos, add your name(s) and they’ll be ready to order in minutes! Choose priority or rush shipping to get them even faster.
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Passing on Treasured Keepsakes

Passing on Treasured Keepsakes
The Holidays are now bearing down on us with all the speed of a jetliner.  My husband recently scaled back his Christmas cookie projections, which in years past have been pretty ambitious.  This year he’s going with what he considers to be the three essentials: chocolate chip (from the Fannie Farmer cookbook), Spice Cookies (the recipe for which, if the family lore is to be believed, dates back more than three centuries on his mother’s side), and linzer cookies (clipped from a magazine 30 years ago).

The recipes are easy to reference, as they’ve been framed and occupy a place of relative prominence in our dining room.  They were glued decades ago onto a sheet of typing paper (you can still see the watermark on the back if you take the time to remove the page from its frame), along with a recipe for biscotti and another for smoking bishop.  Smoking bishop, or just “Bishop” or “The Bish” if you’re talking to Andrew or his brother, is a traditional holiday punch.  Their recipe is (again according to the family lore) the same one prepared in the household of Charles Dickens.

It’s an acquired taste.

The frame is part of a set.  Next to it is its fraternal twin, which completes the list of his favorite family dishes.  The recipes for crumb pie and spaghetti and meatballs were both typed on a typewriter, and not a particularly pricey one from the looks of them.  The latter is stained with drops of ancient tomato sauce.  I like to wonder whether his Italian great-grandmother prepared the recipe for her husband (a mason) and their four children every few weeks, or whether it’s something his mom picked up decades ago from a friend or magazine and threw into the family cookbook.

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What To Do With Your Wedding Photos

You have all these beautiful photos from your wedding day, but, if you’re like me, you’re wondering what to do with them now that the wedding is over. Well, Pear Tree can help you find unique ways to display these gorgeous photos in your home as family and friends come to visit.

We have multiple design options in our metal wall art collection, whether you want to do one big photo or lots of small photos. This Big and Small Collage 11×14 Metal Wall Art features 27 of your favorite photos from your wedding day. It’s a great way to capture the memories and details of the special day.
Big and Small Collage 11x14 Metal Wall Art $74.99

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The Modern Storytelling Photo Christmas Cards appealed to this mom because she had a lot of news to share, from a new home and new schools for the kids, to future travel plans, to her wonderful news of a cancer-free prognosis in 2014–all summed up in one card. “I saw this newspaper format and knew it would be perfect,” she says. “I send a photo holiday card every year. Friends and family are always commenting on how creative our cards are and how great the photos are. This year I used AGriff Photography and LOVED the photos. I can’t wait to send these cards to our family and friends. We’ve been through a lot in the past 2 years and I want to share our joy and how well we are doing. This card was the perfect fit for us.”

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My Favorite Christmas Cookies: A Decorating Tutorial

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Christmas is my favorite time of the year and with it comes Christmas cookies! Every year my sisters and I get together for a long weekend and we bake. And bake some more. We get all of our baking done and out of the way and freeze all of our cookies until our family Christmas later that month. And yes, it does take a lot of strength to not eat all of the cookies before Christmas!

I have put together tutorials for three of my ‘go-to’ cookie decorations and am sharing them with all of you. I am also sharing a couple Christmas cookie recipes that you can use to get the perfect cookie. Trust me, your family will not only be impressed, they will be asking you to make them every year. Get the recipe and see how to decorate each of these cookies in a few easy steps.

Snow Globe Cookies
Snowflake Cookies
Poinsettia Cookies

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How To Make Snow Globe Christmas Cookies

Snow Globe Christmas cookies
Don’t we all love shaking a snow globe and watching the snow fall? I know I do! This is one of my favorite Christmas cookies and one of the easiest to make! See my favorite sugar cookie recipe below.

Once your cookies are cooled down you can mix up your frosting. I only used white and blue, but if you wanted to add yellow stars or more details on the snowman, you can. I used Wilton’s tips #3 and #10 and if you want to add some sparkle, you can use some sugar sprinkles.

Tip: Keep it simple and use a circle cookie cutter. Don’t have one handy? Use a glass! Continue reading

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How To Make Snowflake Christmas Cookies

Snowflake Christmas cookies
Need something quick and easy? These snowflake Christmas cookies are just what you need! They are dainty and adorable, but only require a semi-steady hand! See my favorite sugar cookie recipe below.

These cookies are only about 3 inches in diameter, but you could easily make them any size. Also, no need to color any frosting, a simple white frosting is perfect. All you need is a piping bag and a small circle tip. I used Wilton’s #3.

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