Planning a summer vacation? Think Christmas photo ideas!

Whatever you do, the experienced moms at Pear Tree say, don’t forget to bring the camera along on your summer vacation. Not just for the memories, but because those vacation photos may just be the best family photos you get all year. And come November, when you’re looking back over the year’s highlights for something to include in the annual Christmas photo card, you’ll be awfully glad you have them.Christmas in July photos

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Christmas in July

Holiday Photo CardIt’s summer vacation and the cameras are out! Bet you’re thinking it’s time to get a fantastic photo for your holiday photo cards, right? We realize that July is a bit early to be thinking about the holidays, but it is the perfect time to get a great family photo. After all, the whole family is together, faces are tanned and smiling, and the scenery is, well, let’s just say no matter where you’re spending your vacation it’s a lot better than the options you’ll have in November!

Those sun-kissed faces are going to look warm and beautiful to those who receive your holiday photo card in December. And whether you’re on an exotic beach, a ride at Disneyland, or a rustic campsite, the photo will evoke wonderful memories for your family, as well as help you share a fun moment from your year with those you love.

Once you have your photo, you have the freedom to create your holiday cards anytime. Why not get them done early and have one less thing to do in December? Think about it. Christmas in July might just be the most relaxing and stress free Christmas you’ll ever have.

Early Holiday Excitement

Christmas TreeOver the weekend I spent some time getting the kids’ winter gear out and came across what I affectionately refer to as “The Stash.” Perhaps you also have a Stash, a hidden collection of things you buy ahead of time to make sure you are prepared for anything and everything. The Stash holds last-minute hostess gifts, clothes you bought on sale for the kids at the end of last season in a larger size, photo frames that you are sure you will one day use, extra wrapping paper, ribbon and Christmas gift tags, toys for the 47 birthday parties your kids will attend next year, extra crafts and puzzles for a rainy day, etc.

While surveying The Stash this weekend, I got a glimpse of my holiday ornament boxes sitting nearby. I couldn’t resist. I took a peak to see what’s in store for the traditional weekend-after-Thanksgiving tree trimming and got excited for the holidays. Yes, it means a lot of work and planning, but I truly love that time of year and all the joy it brings – family, friends, food and being together. I can’t wait. It’s time to start thinking about my Christmas photo cards—or maybe I’ll send Thanksgiving cards this year. I’m grateful to The Stash for bringing me to this happy place.

2009 Christmas Card Collection

Our new Christmas card collection for 2009 is nearly complete and I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you! The new designs are amazing and I have no idea how I’m going to pick one for myself. I think I’ll just let the designs speak for themselves…

Classy Collage -- Holiday Photo Card

Classy Collage — Holiday Photo Card

This is my favorite. I can’t get enough of it. Not only does it feature multiple photos but YOU get to pick the color behind the text. With over 20 different colors to choose from…the options on this card are ENDLESS! I just love it.

Diamond Damask -- Green Christmas Photo Card

Diamond Damask — Holiday Photo Card

Then there is this design. Damask + my favorite shade of green, it’s a perfect match.

Oh, it comes in red, too, which I must say is equally pretty.

Mantle Joy -- Photo Holiday Card

Mantle Joy — Holiday Photo Card

I am loving this color combo lately. And honestly, what will your family and friends think when they get this card in the mail? Pretty sure they’ll be telling everyone about this cool card they got in the mail…

There are so many more new, amazing Christmas card designs. Plus, a few more to come. So keep checking back!

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