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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What’s Hot This Month – July

Here’s a look at the top five products others are buying at Pear Tree Greetings this month!

1. Photo Wedding Thank You Cards — Vowed in Vintage
Photo Wedding Thank You Cards -- Vowed in Vintage

2. Girl Elegant Birth Announcements — Baby Book Blocks
Girl Elegant Birth Announcements -- Baby Book Blocks

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Chalkboard Holiday wrap with paper straw bow

DIY Gift Wrapping ideas
For the holidays, I like a well set table, a tree decorated with care, and above all, I take gift wrapping very seriously.

This year, when I was thinking of new gift wrapping ideas, I used my holiday card for inspiration.  A chalkboard background with red/white stripes with hand script in white.  To make it work I used black craft paper (that resembled a chalkboard), some striped paper straws, red jute and a white chalk pen.
Angela & Anthony
Follow along for an easy to do Christmas gift wrapping idea:

DIY Paper Straw Bow

Materials/Tools:
4 paper straws
Scissors
Jute or yarn
Glue gun
Wrapped box
Chalk pen

Step 1: Start with 4 straws, cut them each in half. Take 4 pieces from those and cut in half again. Next take the 4 largest pieces and cut a small piece off of each. The goal (see pictures) is to have 3 different length straws. 4 large, 8 medium and 4 small which is a total of 16 cut straws pieces. Then cut 6 pieces of string about 2 inches. These don’t need to be exact.
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Christmas card ideas from IROCKSOWHAT

IROCKSOWHAT did a blog post and giveaway last month for Pear Tree and we thought it had lots of great Christmas card ideas that we wanted to share the post with our readers.

Christmas card ideas from IROCKSOWHAT

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Christmas card shopping Myth #3: You can’t afford cards for everybody on your list

We know, the cards are sooo tempting, but your mailing list is sooo long that you can’t afford to send one of these fun cards to everyone. But we have a few tricks up our sleeve to solve this dilemma. Here are a few ways to trim your budget without trimming your mailing list.

  1. Send 2 different holiday cards: splurge on the card for close friends who live nearby, and send a different card to those who live far away (or at least won’t be comparing cards over the holidays). Or choose a card with room for newsy details to send to those you haven’t seen in a while, and just photos for those you see often.
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  2. Look for flat, 2-sided photo Christmas card ideas for the best prices on our premium cardstock, matte-finish designs.
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Halloween Costume Contest

Halloween Costume ContestGhosts, pirates, witches, pumpkins, superheroes and so many more creative costumes fill the streets in the evening of October 31st. This is one of the best times of the year for children as they go door to door disguised in their aspirational costumes and saying the familiar phrase of “Trick-or-treat!”

We love Halloween at Pear Tree, so this year we decided to have a Halloween Costume Contest to win $150 towards holiday cards! We’re looking forward to seeing all the fun costumes, and you just might win some extra cash to spend on your holiday cards!

How to enter:
1. Go to Halloween Costume Contest on our Facebook page and Like us to enter.
2. Upload a photo of you or your child in a Halloween costume.
3. Get friends and family to vote!

Entries will be accepted through November 4th and voting period is October 22nd – November 11th. Three winners will be chosen by Pear Tree from the top 10 most voted entries. Winners will be announced via Facebook on November 15th.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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What inspires us? Can you spot the Christmas card ideas?

When we’re designing Christmas cards (or any other cards, for that matter) our inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere—fashion, home decor, textiles, pop culture, events, you name it. Sometimes it all comes together perfectly, like in this year’s holiday collection.

Hottest Christmas cards trends

We filled a Pinterest board with some of the hottest trends to influence our Christmas card ideas this year, including bright colors, stripes and patterns, mixed fonts, vintage shapes and natural elements. See if you can spot some of these trends in our new holiday cards!

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Sneak Peek! New holiday card ideas

Maybe you’re not thinking about holiday card ideas quite yet, but our busy little elves have been working on our new collection and we can’t wait to show you! Here’s a sneak peek to put you in the mood. Watch for our new Christmas cards sometime in August.

Christmas cardsGingham Photo Greeting – Christmas cards
These Christmas cards string together your warmest wishes and your holiday style! Four square Polaroid-style snapshots are cut out and strung together with ribbon to hang in loved ones homes. Personalize each square with a photo and a merry message in your choice of colors. The back of each square is covered with a cheerful gingham pattern in your choice of color.

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Sneak Peek! New holiday card ideas

Maybe you’re not thinking about holiday card ideas quite yet, but our busy little elves have been working on our new collection and we can’t wait to show you! Here’s a sneak peek to put you in the mood. Watch for our new Christmas cards sometime in August.

Tri-fold Classic Tales - Christmas cards

Tri-fold Classic Tales – Christmas cards
Tell the tale of your family’s eventful year in retro style! These Christmas cards in a tri-fold layout open to reveal a mix of classic flourish and ribbon style borders, along with room for three favorite photos. Add to the customization with space to share your Christmas letter and your choice of color to accompany the gray and black. Continue reading

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Sneak Peek! New holiday card ideas

Maybe you’re not thinking about holiday card ideas quite yet, but our busy little elves have been working on our new collection and we can’t wait to show you! Here’s a sneak peek to put you in the mood. Watch for our new Christmas cards sometime in August.
Read All About It Christmas CardsRead All About It Christmas cards
These photo holiday cards deliver a one-of-a-kind look in an even more unique layout, so if you’re looking to stand out this season, this card was made for you! Favorite photos, a poster-like holiday greeting, unique diamond designs and room for a custom Christmas letter are all folded up and tied with ribbon so loved ones can open it to reveal plenty of Christmas joy. Top off the customization with your choice of colors to accompany the ecru background.

Christmas CardsModern Cheer Christmas cards
The holidays are filled with plenty of cheer, so why not share your cheer with loved ones? These holiday photo cards make the message loud and clear in a unique way with individually cut-out letters spelling Cheer that all string together to hang on a tree or from a mantel. A Polaroid-style photo strung on the end adds personalization, while the back side of the letters holds angled stripes in fun colors of green, aqua, pink and black to add trendy style. Continue reading

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