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  1. i was JUST stressing over christmas cards today – your list actually helped me stop and breathe and kinda make a game plan!!! :)) especially about how they don’t have to be elaborate. i love pinterest but sometimes i think it’s only given us all complexes over simplicity. haha!!

    thanks for sharing. i found your blog from another i visited. : )

  2. THANK YOU!!! This will be our first time sending out Christmas cards this year, as we just got married in May! I ordered our cards but I was not sure when to send them, ect. Thanks for sharing this, very helpful! Stopping by from the DBB 🙂

  3. I dread Christmas cards every year ….. Pinning this 🙂 Maybe this year will be different!!

  4. Visiting from Thrive@Home… great suggestions! I love sending (and receiving) Christmas cards, and wish more people realized how simply it can be done, with a little advance planning. They are a great way to spread the joy of Christ at Christmas!

  5. I really enjoyed reading this! I haven’t done holiday cards for a few years now, and reading your post makes me think about doing it again! Came over from the Nicole & Her Blog Hop!

  6. we were a family that was not going to send out cards for financial reasons. I was just going to do email or something but a couple company’s like Walgreens and Shutterfly offered 20.00 of free cards….we ended up using shutterfly and I even got a free code for shipping from kellogs rewards and we ended up getting 25 cards with envelopes shipped for free. We used pictures that we had taken at my daughters birthday party a couple weekends a go to make the cards. They turned out great. So all I have to do is purchase stamps now….so we will now be sending them and I like your idea of getting them sent early maybe this is something I can take care of next week!

    1. I love Shutterfly too! I am also a member there as well, and I am always getting coupon codes for cards, address labels, and photo books. I don’t think I have ever had to pay full price there for anything! I also get a lot of Shutterfly coupons and credits from my Pampers rewards too. Sounds like you got a great deal!

  7. These are great tips! I have had my Christmas cards printed for a few weeks now (is that embarrassing?) and I plan to mail them out right after Thanksgiving. This is the first year we have done them so I am a little bit excited!!

  8. I like the idea of doing a photo collage! I don’t think I have the patience to try and get a family photo together, but I really want to send out cards again this year. You’ve inspired me to think outside the box!

  9. Thanks for sharing these great tips with Thrive @ Home Thursday!

  10. Hey it’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see all of your holiday ideas…people like me need to read this post! I have never sent out cards because it’s just one more thing on the list but you have talked me into it! I LOVE picmonkey. I make everything on there…it’s so fun!

  11. I have a promocode for Walgreens to get 20 free Christmas photo cards that I’m super excited about! I’m trying to start a tradition with my husband to send out a photo card every year. At least, like you said, to the top closest people–20 cards is plenty for us. 🙂 Now, I just have to get a picture taken of the two of us. I think I’m going to have someone snap one of us in front of the Christmas tree once we get it put up. 🙂

    1. That’s a sweet coupon code Jane! It is so fun to mail out photo cards. Make sure to keep one for yourself too, it’s fun to look back over the years and see your Christmas cards. Your future kids will love them too! 🙂

  12. Oh I am so glad you stopped by my Friday with Friends blog hop. Every year I think I am going to send out Christmas cards THIS year. I read the book, Simplify Your Life for Christmas (something like this). I have to be realistic with my budget and even though the card thing is awesome I know so many people could use that money. Like a single mom. Like my daughter. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing! Pinned! Hugs! Linda

  13. I am so with you on sending Christmas cards, especially when it’s so easy now with the photo card sites. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  14. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. #1REASON IS I CAN SEND A TRACT WITH IT TELLING THEM ABOUT CHRIST. Cards can be so cute–we see Mickey Mouse, snow scenes, and all the world has to offer on them, but girls who are Christians, we have the greatest opportunity to share Him when we send cards at Christmas.I grew up not knowing about Jesus and folks gave me tracts to read when we didn’t have time to talk. There are so many lovely Christmas tracts that you can get for 10c or 11c that talk of Christmas in different ways. Do a search for tracts or maybe Christmas tracts and maybe something will speak to you of what you want to say. I love seeing the many different ones and we do have friends who look forward to receing them each year. I know times are tough, but some may never hear if we don’t send them the real story.

  15. Thanks so much for linking up at The Merriest Blog Hop. You’re post received the most views! I enjoyed this post and felt calmer about Christmas cards simply by READING your tips. I’ll be featuring you at the next party 🙂

    Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

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  18. We have a tradition of a Christmas poem with a stanza about each of us. I love doing it and it is a really great record of our family. I love going back to read through poems of years past and it really sums things up well and captures each child’s personality at the time.

    If I can’t find a great deal on photo cards, I just print 4×6 pictures to include with our poem

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