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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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Christmas Cards

To help you choose a card from our amazing collection of photo Christmas card ideas, we asked our team to pick their favorites and tell you why. Let us know whose idea you like best!

Christy, The Photographer
Photo Christmas Cards -- Colorful Kaleidoscope Photo Book
The INSTANT I saw this card, I fell in love. The colors, the shapes, the sparkle & gold. Loved.It.All. Geometric shapes are very popular right now and the element of gold sealed the deal. It also has 24 photos, which could be a little intimidating, but with a hobby of photography and an addiction to getting my boys’ photos taken, I am not short on photos. Yes, you heard right, I have boys, and I am choosing a card full of purples, pinks and gold. They’ll get over it.

David, The Wise Dad
Photo Christmas Cards -- Foil Photo Spinner In Red
My favorite Christmas card this year is the Foil Photo Spinner. It’s truly unique. How many cards are you going to get that are interactive? The out-of-the-envelope wow factor is very high. Pretty sure it’ll knock the proverbial socks off my friends and family. I don’t have my photos for the card yet, but because this card keeps the photos separate, I don’t have to worry about making them look good next to each other. I have the flexibility to use whatever photos I like.

Megan, The New Homeowner
Photo Christmas Cards -- Tri Photo Stand-Up Frame
I like the picture frame cards because they’re clever. I haven’t seen the idea anywhere else. I love the idea that my card could survive the recycling bin come January. (It would certainly stick around all year at my house!) And there’s the feeling of engaging with the people you’re sending it to. I imagine them folding the kickstand into place, turning the card back around and feeling a little spark of delight as they place it on their mantle.

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4 Steps to Christmas-Card-Worthy Family Photos

Now that Fall is upon us and family photo sessions are being booked for this year’s Christmas cards, we have pulled together some of our most helpful suggestions for each step along the way. Yes, you can get Christmas-card-worthy photos done while enjoying every moment!

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Step 1. Clothing options.
If you are going to get professional photos taken, you’ll want to start thinking about what to wear for your family photo. Do you want the family to be wearing light colors, or are brights more your style? Will you need to take a colorful background into consideration, or will your clothing add color to the photo? If you need some ideas and inspiration for your family photo ideas, be sure to read our blog post, What to Wear for your Family Photos, and check out our Christmas photo ideas Pinterest board to get you started.

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Step 2. Book your photographer and talk to them about your style.
Once you know you want professional photos taken and have started thinking about your clothing options, start scouting out local photographers. You’ll want to look at their website and see if the photos they have taken match your style. Once you have chosen a photographer, set up a session and send them your favorite family photo ideas. Are you going to use props? Is it going to be on a beach, or in the woods, or maybe you want to do it in the snow? Local photographers can offer suggestions for locations in the area.
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Our Most Unique Christmas Cards: Golden Pears

“Where’d you get those Christmas cards?” It’s the question we all love to hear after choosing, creating and sending our Christmas cards each year. And the answer (for us, at least!) is always Pear Tree. The cards that everyone loves the most are usually part of our Golden Pears collection, an honor reserved for our most amazing, most unique Christmas cards.

These unique Christmas card ideas may have special interactive features like our new spinner cards, or picture frame cards. They may have multiple pages like our photo book cards, or unusual shapes like our ornament cards. And any card with a ribbon is automatically given the Golden Pear mark of awesomeness! :) Here are some of our new Golden Pears for 2013.

Spinner Cards
Photo Christmas Cards -- Foil Photo Spinner In Red Photo Christmas Cards -- Best Wishes Spinner
A spinning wheel rotates inside these unique Christmas cards when you flick the edge, and either four of your favorite photos appear through the cut-out on the front or your favorite holiday message spins around. Your friends and family will love getting interactive with these Christmas cards!

Picture Frame Cards
Photo Christmas Cards -- Tri Photo Stand-Up Frame Photo Christmas Cards -- Vertical Stand-Up Picture Frame
Your Christmas cards will be on display in seconds when you send these cards with a built-in easel that folds out from the back to allow them to stand up like a picture frame! Friends and family will love these easy-to-display Christmas card ideas.

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More Christmas Card Photo Ideas

We’ve chosen some of our favorite new Christmas cards to illustrate how clothing choices and the use of photo filters in your Christmas card photos can dramatically change the way your cards look. (Of course, starting with one of our awesome Christmas card designs doesn’t hurt!)

If you already have your card picked out, be sure to show it to your photographer because, aside from letting him or her know the style of photo you like, it can inspire location, posing, propping or lighting ideas. Knowing whether you may want to try black and white or a photo filter is important, too. Here are some Christmas card photo ideas from our new collection we wanted to share.

Make your colors count
Merry Merry Picture Frame Christmas Cards
Twinkle Lights Photo Book -- Christmas Cards
The red sweater, green pants and scarf on the little boy in our Merry Merry Picture Frame Christmas Cards absolutely make the photo, especially with the white snow, dog, and relatively colorless background to make the colors really pop. Similarly, the bright colors of the shirts on the kids in our Twinkle Lights Photo Book Christmas Cards match the card’s bright color palette. If you want a bright card, wearing bright clothes is one way to achieve that!

Let your card wear the colors
Joy Full Christmas Cards Sparkly Wishes Christmas CardsTall Tale Photo Christmas Cards Vintage Treescape Circle Photo Christmas Cards
Another way to emphasize bright colors is use black and white photos, and frame them in a colorful card to let the holiday message stand out. To make sure your photo looks great in black and white, wear darker colors than your skin tone so faces are highlighted. And if you are starting with a color photo and adding a black and white filter, try adding the contrast & sharpen filters or the vibrance filter to intensify the lights and darks in the photo. Four examples shown, clockwise from top left: Joy Full, Sparkly Wishes, Vintage Treescape Circle and Tall Tale Christmas Cards.

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2013 New Christmas Cards Revealed!

We are excited to announce our new 2013 Christmas card collection! These Christmas card ideas are full of new shapes, trends and a lot more ways for you to send your holiday wishes. Here’s a peek into the new collection, but be sure to visit our Christmas cards to see all the cheery designs.
Christmas Cards Revealed

Lovin’ our new Christmas card ideas? We thought you might… Shop our new Christmas cards and holiday photo cards today!

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Love it! Holiday Collection Update

Remember when I shared with you my most favorite things from February in my Love it! post? I wanted to update you to show how these things I love at the time can inspire a new collection. Two things from that post made it into this year’s holiday collection! That’s right, we have designs featuring ampersands and shimmer! Here are a few sneak peeks at those new Christmas cards.

Ampersands
Love the clean look & fun design of an ampersand.
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Sneak Peek! New Christmas Card Ideas

Maybe you’re not thinking about Christmas card ideas quite yet, but our LOUIE Award-winning designers have been working on our new (and, might we add, ah-mazing) collection, and we can’t wait to show you! Here’s a sneak peek of our top trends in Christmas cards to get you excited!

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Sneak Peek! Vintage Christmas Card Ideas

Shhh… we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the new Christmas card ideas from our 2013 collection! This year our holiday collection focuses on the hottest trends of the season. Vintage is a popular trend featuring Polaroid-style borders, color-washed photos, lace, kraft paper and other old-style elements in a fresh new way.

Photo Filter Vertical Christmas Cards
With one simple choice you can change the entire look of these holiday photo cards! It all starts with your favorite vertical photo on the front. You can add a filter in yellow, red or blue to create the mood, then choose from three different colored backers to match or to contrast in red, aqua or citron. You can also choose from three different holiday messages on the front: Bah Humbug; Cheery Hello; or Fa-La-La-La-La. Add your name to sign, and these unique Christmas cards are ready to order!
Photo Filter Vertical -- Christmas Cards

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Sneak Peek! Nature Inspired Holiday Photo Card Ideas

Shhh… we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the new holiday photo card ideas from our 2013 collection! This year our holiday collection focuses on the hottest trends of the season. Nature Inspired designs like wood-grain patterns, animals and natural elements represent a huge trend in our holiday collection and let you share your love of nature with family and friends.

Naughty or Nice Spinner Christmas Cards
Have you been naughty or nice? Let your friends and family decide with these unique photo spinner Christmas cards! A spinning wheel rotates inside when you flick the edge of the wheel and four of your favorite photos appear through the cut-out circle on the front! Your friends and family will have fun deciding who’s naughty and who’s nice. You can also choose a different message instead: ‘Naughty is the new Nice.’ Your spinning holiday photo cards from Pear Tree are sure to be remembered long after the season is over.
Naughty or Nice Spinner -- Christmas Cards

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