7 reasons to keep sending Christmas cards when your kids are all grown up

I’ll admit, sending Christmas cards does get harder as your kids get older. I can think of lots of excuses not to, from lack of photos to lack of funds. But I also think that sending Christmas cards is about more than sharing baby photos.

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1. By sending Christmas cards every year you are teaching your kids the power of connection and showing them that you value meaningful holidays as well as old friendships. You may not think they are watching, but they are. Someday they will think of you when they send their own Christmas cards.

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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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