Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December!

There’s not much time left before Christmas to do a lot of things, so here’s our whirlwind holiday checklist for these last few weeks.

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Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
Time to get the tree, decorate it, and dust off all the Christmas decorations. Turn on the Christmas music and this job is a lot more fun. Get this free holiday garland printable!

Send out those Christmas Cards
Kids can help with stamps and address labels. Make it a family project. See note about Christmas music above.

Display your cards
Holiday Checklist: A Lot To Do In December
One inexpensive decorating idea is to display the Christmas cards you receive. They make a colorful holiday display whether you put them on your fridge, mantel, or create a unique place to show them off. Check out our Pinterest board for some fun ideas!

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

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Did you know Pear Tree has some wonderful personalized gift ideas for kids? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for lots of great ideas, but don’t miss the personalized children’s books, where your child’s name gets printed right in the story. (Shop early for these gifts because some versions, like the board books, take up to 21 days processing time!) Continue reading

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Holiday Checklist: Thanksgiving is Almost Here!

Are you ready? Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and I haven’t bought a single Christmas gift yet. But I am confidant I can pull off a Thanksgiving dinner for 20, decorate the house and send out Christmas cards all in the next three weeks. Somehow it will get done. It has to, right?

Here’s my holiday checklist for mid-November.

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Order Christmas cards.
If you want them addressed and ready to mail in early December, make sure to order them soon. While it’s not a race (though SOME people at Pear Tree think it is…I won’t name names :)) I set Thanksgiving weekend as my deadline for ordering, especially since it falls so late this year.

Holiday Checklist: Thanksgiving is Almost Here!
Still haven’t taken that perfect photo?
Thanksgiving may be your last chance to get all the family members together.

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Real cards created by real people like you!

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When it comes to unique Christmas card ideas, we love the way our Christmas Package Tied With Twine Christmas Cards are tied up like a gift, which makes them so fun to open. Eryn, who created this card for her family of four, agrees.

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Our Best Christmas Card Ideas

Our best Christmas card ideas feature all the latest trends and innovative ideas! Find your style, then choose a card that you can personalize for a perfect fit, from the number of photos, to color and text options. One of our best Christmas cards is sure to become your best Christmas card ever!

Modern Christmas Cards
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Clean designs with modern mixes of fonts and minimal ornamentation.

Vintage Christmas Cards
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Vintage materials like kraft paper and lace, chalkboards, Polaroid borders and photo screens.

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Top 5 Engagement Photo Ideas

You want your engagement photos to be fabulous, but don’t have a clue how to make that happen? We’ve put together a Pinterest board of Engagement Photo Ideas, filled with inspiration for props, locations and what to wear. But there’s a fine line between planning ahead and planning your every move. On photo shoot day, our best advice is to go with the flow and be yourselves. Your photos are sure to turn out wonderful!

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7 reasons to keep sending Christmas cards when your kids are all grown up

I’ll admit, sending Christmas cards does get harder as your kids get older. I can think of lots of excuses not to, from lack of photos to lack of funds. But I also think that sending Christmas cards is about more than sharing baby photos.

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1. By sending Christmas cards every year you are teaching your kids the power of connection and showing them that you value meaningful holidays as well as old friendships. You may not think they are watching, but they are. Someday they will think of you when they send their own Christmas cards.

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Real cards created by real people like you!

When our designers first introduced the Colorful Kaleidoscope Photo Book Christmas Cards it immediately became one of our favorite Christmas card ideas. They envisioned families filling it with family photos and casual snapshots surrounded with color and Christmas wishes for friends and family to open with love. This month’s featured favorite goes well beyond their expectations.

Colorful Kaleidoscope Photo Book Christmas Cards
The beauty of the photographs transcends the holiday message and turns these Christmas cards into keepsakes that friends and family can keep forever. We contacted this proud mom, Mary-Margaret, who says, “I am a return customer, as I used your wonderful company for my Christmas card last year. I have ordered several versions of this year’s card to get it just the way I want it before I order all 160 cards to send out to family and friends.

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New Pet Christmas Cards!

Have you seen our new collection of Christmas cards designed just for pet owners? Check them out! In addition to featuring one or more photos of your pet, these cards feature colorful pet-themed patterns and messages. This year, let your cat or dogs speak for the entire family in wishing everyone a furry & bright Christmas!
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Holiday Checklist: What You Can Be Doing Now

Have you started planning for the holidays? You’ve made travel arrangements, decided who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner and your Holiday photo cards are ready to mail? Well, consider yourself a superhero because most of us don’t even want to think about the holidays yet. But if you get started on your holiday checklist now, you can eliminate some of the last-minute craziness and stress of the holiday season.

Holiday Planning Checklist
Talk to your relatives.
This may seem obvious, but rather than assuming plans will be the same as last year and that Aunt Susie will be hosting Thanksgiving as usual, you should ask the question and make plans accordingly. And if you are hosting (or can’t this year) let people know now, so they can make plans.

Keep your eyes peeled for deals. Whether you’re setting the Thanksgiving table, trimming the tree or decking the halls, decorating for the holidays takes time, money and planning, especially if you’re young and just starting out. You can be collecting ideas all year long, and keeping a lookout for sale items you can turn into something beautiful.
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