Featured Favorite

New Year's cardsIt’s hard to pick a Featured Favorite in December because we see so many great cards at this time of year. But this humorous New Year’s card caught our eye, especially because the order came through well before Christmas. Turns out that Stacie, the card’s creator, settled on sending these New Year’s cards while looking for holiday card ideas, because the dress-up lips and mustache were just the touch of vintage silliness she was looking for.

Our Dressed Up for the New Year photo cards offer the option to put a silly mustache or lips on your photos. Stacie said she had never considered New Year’s cards when looking for her holiday card ideas before, but loved this concept when she saw it. “We had a really tough year,” she explains. “For us, the focus is on next year being much less stressful!” That would also explain her choice of text on the card: “2012 Resolution: Less stress. More silly.” Good luck with your resolution, Stacie. We think you’re off to a good start!

See our entire collection of New Year’s cards and holiday photo cards to get your own silly ideas. Or keep reading our blog for more New Year’s ideas.

Don’t worry, there’s still time to send a New Year’s card!

New Year's CardsToday is December 21st. Perhaps it’s time to admit that I just might not make my December 23rd deadline for sending Christmas cards. Considering the fact that I haven’t purchased them yet, that seems to be the wisest course of action.

I am not ready to admit total defeat, however. There is still time to send New Year’s cards. A holiday greeting is a holiday greeting, right? So what if the holiday isn’t Christmas? Minor detail. Besides, you can have more fun and be more creative with New Year’s card ideas!

For one thing, you don’t have to stick to red and green (not my favorite colors anyway). And New Year’s card ideas are all nonsectarian, which makes them perfectly okay to send to anyone—business associates, neighbors and all. You can pick a timeline card and include all the highlights of the year, or pick one great photo and have fun designing your message around it.

I am going to check out Pear Tree’s Top 10 New Years card ideas to get started. I will also make a New Year’s resolution to get my holiday cards done in July next year. For more New Year’s ideas, keep reading our blog. Or start personalizing your New Year’s cards right away!

Creating New Year’s Traditions

Creating New Year's TraditionsMy, how times have changed. Ten years ago, my boyfriend (now husband) and I wouldn’t have missed the New Year’s traditions of dressing up, going out with friends and popping the bubbly at midnight. These days, with 2 small children at home, I am embarrassed to admit that we are more likely to be asleep at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Lame? Yes. Regretful? Not really. Do you have any idea what babysitters charge these days?

The fact is, our priorities have changed. It is easier to stay home with the kids than to plan ahead and make all the arrangements to go out on New Year’s Eve. But as a couple, we still feel the need to acknowledge the New Year in some way. Should we create new New Year’s traditions that involve the kids? Let them stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square, like I did as a child? Do we have them write down thoughts or create artwork and keep a family “time capsule” to open in later years? Should we all make New Year’s resolutions? Or maybe we should dress up, but stay home and have a special New Year’s Eve family dinner? Well, it’s decided. My in-laws are going to be spending the weekend at our house, thrilled to get time with our kids alone. My husband and I are taking a little mini-vacation, staying at a great hotel for two nights. Now that I think about it, New Year’s Eve is a concept that is wasted on the young. Happy New Year to us!

Look for more New Year’s ideas on our blog!

Hope for the New Year

Hope for the New Year2010 was all about making connections. My 20th high school reunion was this year, and I also traveled a lot, for business and pleasure. These events allowed me to connect with people I haven’t seen, in some cases, for nearly 2 decades — a high school ex-boyfriend, a friend I studied abroad with in college, a cousin from across the world, a mentor from early in my career. Each of these mini-reunions has been filled with little surprises — either about the ways people have changed, or about the ways they have stayed so delightfully the same. But it made me realize how fortunate I am to have these relationships and inspired my New Year’s idea.

I have been writing a lot of personalized notes, this year. At Pear Tree, one of our core beliefs is that a handwritten note makes a connection in a physical way, like no digital message can. And it has been my goal this year to practice what I preach. So I write notes. A note to a teacher who has gone above and beyond. A note to the neighbors, whose dog died. A note to my sister just to say how much her laughter means to me. It is amazing how much a simple note, that takes just a few minutes to write, can strengthen a relationship.

In the coming year, I intend to send at least one handwritten note a week. Sure, I will send a lot more emails, texts and comments on FB, but this is something more meaningful. I’m not calling it a resolution, because that makes it sound like work. Really, it’s a reward for myself, because it keeps me closer to those I care about. Here’s to the New Year!

For more New Year’s ideas, keep reading our blog. Or shop for personalized note cards and start your own tradition for the New Year!

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