Featured Favorite

Christmas cards“I was looking for an interactive card and yours was perfect!” says Amy, whose card is our Featured Favorite for December. An online search for photo Christmas card ideas led her to our Collage Christmas Present in Plaid – Christmas cards, and she couldn’t have made a better choice.

The multiple photo card features a festive plaid pattern and personalized ‘tag’ on the outside, and is folded and tied with a ribbon, like a present. Friends and family unfold four panels to reveal photos of Amy’s family, a Dr. Seuss quote and a Christmas greeting inside.

“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is one of my favorite movies, and we watch it every year as a family,” says Amy, who chose the classic Grinchy quote that ends with the saying, “What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” She tied the message together in her own way with the greeting, “Wishing you the Grinch’s more!” Having fun with the wording is another way to get creative with photo Christmas card ideas.

Speaking of tying, all three of her children, ages 3, 6 and 7 will be helping fold the Christmas cards, tie the ribbons and stuff the envelopes. “They turned out great. The image online was exactly as how I received them.” Thanks for doing such a great job personalizing them, Amy!

Check out our blog for more creative Christmas card wording ideas, or get started creating your own Christmas cards now.

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Featured Favorite

Christmas cardsWe love the way this family fits our Photo Blocks and Stripes Christmas card, and how our card fits this family! When looking for family photo Christmas card ideas, Tina was specifically looking for a tri-fold card because she has three children. “We really liked this particular card because, not only did it let us showcase each of our children, it also provided room for a family picture and a short holiday letter.”

They are lucky to have a friend, Gina Monroe, who is a photographer and who takes their family photos every year. “She has an amazing ability to capture the essence of our children.” Her photos worked perfectly with Tina’s family photo Christmas card ideas.

Sending a letter card, however, is a ‘first’ for them. “I love that this card permits space for a letter. I had never sent a letter in the past because I did not want to have to enclose a separate item with the card itself.”

“The process at Pear Tree Greetings was very easy! I was very excited to get the cards in the mail and couldn’t wait to see how they turned out.” We hope you like them, Tina, because we sure do!

See more family photo Christmas card ideas that incorporate Christmas letters, or read more about Christmas card wording on our blog.

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In defense of the Christmas letter

Modern Christmas card letterIt’s the one Christmas card everyone loves to hate. The one with the folded Christmas letter printed on cheesy 8.5″ x 11″ Christmas theme paper, that goes on and on about the son who’s a Rhodes scholar or the exotic vacation they took. Well, to take the opposing view, I think Christmas letters can be very fun to get, if done right. Here’s how to write a Christmas letter without rubbing everyone the wrong way.

First of all, it doesn’t have to be printed on cheesy paper. There are plenty of alternatives these days, from customized cards that let you type your letter right into them, to timeline Christmas cards that let you accompany each part of your story with a photo, to Christmas letter inserts that slip into coordinating creative Christmas cards.

The trick is learning how to write a Christmas letter that’s entertaining, not annoying. It’s important to choose your words carefully, so as not to appear to be bragging (even if you are). Rather than listing the itinerary from your exotic vacation, for example, you can tell a funny story about something that happened on the trip, which will bring the story to life. Kids’ activities or college plans are fine to include, but awards and SAT scores? Not so much.

Photos can be added to illustrate your story—close-ups are best. You can feature members of your family one by one, show highlights of your vacation or events during the year, or simply pick one nice group photo. The key is to give friends and relatives a glimpse of the real family behind the letter. If they know you and love you, they will love to read everything you have to say.

Get more Christmas card wording ideas on our blog, or start creating your own modern Christmas letters now.

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Christmas songs make rockin’ Christmas cards

Christmas Songs‘Tis the season to be jolly….Really? In October? I was shopping this past weekend for something to wear for a segment on a local news channel when I actually heard a Christmas song at the department store. I love the holidays and everything that comes along with them but it did seem a little early, even for me. Still, I found myself singing along as my thoughts drifted to Christmas shopping, parties, decorating, and–oh my gosh I have to do a Christmas card!–when suddenly choirs of angels started singing (literally) and I had my big ah-ha moment. Christmas songs. That’s the answer!

Every year I struggle over Christmas card wording ideas to put on my holiday cards. Many of them just don’t seem personal enough. But this year I’m going to take the words from a Christmas song and make them my own. When I picture Joy to the World next to a photo of my kids with bright happy smiles on their faces, it takes on a whole new meaning. Silent night with a photo of my sleeping baby. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!–and a photo of my kids making a snowman. Give it a try. I’ll bet you can come up with plenty of others to fit your family.

  • May all your Christmases be white – next to a photo of a snow covered landscape or kids playing in the snow
  • Deck the halls – makes a great Christmas party invitation
  • Peace on earth – with a photo from a trip you took this year
  • O Christmas Tree – and a collage of photos from your annual trek to find the perfect tree
  • All I want for Christmas is… – show off baby’s new front teeth, or your 5-year old who has lost his
  • Do you hear what I hear? – is someone in the band?
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – show off your gaudiest Christmas sweater or put on Santa hats
  • Rockin’ around the Christmas tree – anything goes with this one
  • Believe! – close-up of a wide-eyed child
  • The First Noel – baby’s first Christmas

Christmas carol lyrics are a great place to start, but you can also check out our blog for more Christmas card wording ideas. Then try creating your own original Christmas cards!

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