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Bubbling with JoyThe Lont Family is way ahead of the game. Their Christmas cards are already printed and ready to address, and it’s only October 1st! Says Amber, chief card picker-outer, “I really love all the Pear Tree Greetings’ Christmas card ideas – there are SO many wonderful options to choose from!”

Amber says she chose the Bubbling with Joy Christmas cards “because of the fun layout and graphics and the ability to change the artwork colors to coordinate with the photos. We recently had a fun family photo shoot in downtown Seattle and we knew right away we wanted to display a lot of those photos in our Christmas card.” We love the photos, too, Amber. Very colorful! Continue reading

There’s more than one way to say Merry Christmas

There’s more than one way to say Merry ChristmasOut of the dozens of Christmas cards you get this year, how many of them do you think will say, “Merry Christmas from the _____ family?” It’s the standard greeting, of course, and one that certainly gets the point across. But if you have the opportunity to customize your own Christmas greeting, wouldn’t it be nice to make it a little more personal?

You don’t have to be a poet, or a songwriter to write a great Holiday card, but it helps to know a few! Here are a few of our favorite simple but creative Christmas card wording ideas:

The important thing is to choose words you love, because that’s what will give your Christmas greeting the perfect personal touch. Know what you want to say? Start creating your Christmas cards now. Or look for more Christmas card wording ideas on our blog.

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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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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.

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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