"Our family and friends loved our 2012 holiday cards! Normally we go to JCPenny to have our holiday pictures taken, but due to a timing and procrastination issue, we would not have recieved the cards back in time to mail them out before Christmas, so we pulled out the camera and the tripod and starting snapping pictures of the family. We uploaded the pictrues on Tuesday, ordered the cards on Wednesday and had cards in our hands by Friday. Now that we know how professional the cards came out, we will be ordering future holiday and special occasion cards from Shutterfly more often."
"I create art so instead of a photo of me, I send out a photo of an art piece on my Christmas Cards. This year I have used 3 different companies to create cards....shutterfly, my publisher, and thru my Mac photo program. Shutterfly was the best because of clarity and quality of digital photo, you can create on the front AND the back of the card, the fonts for changing type are expansive and the heavy weight card stock is a premium. I also photographed and digitally enhanced photo's of my friends houses and created note cards with their homes on the front. Then will give them as Christmas gifts. Again the quality was superior and I am really pleased with the heavy weight card stock and lovely envelopes. I was also able to create return address labels with my design."
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"They do a great job i use them for birthday and Christmas presents and tbey all love their gifts."
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Celebrating the holidays as a family is one of the true joys in life. Children get to experience holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Independence Day for the first time with the help of their parents; adults have the opportunity to relive that magical wonder through the eyes of their children. Together parents and children can create holiday magic at any time of year.
Traditions can be as simple as sending Christmas cards as a family or as involved as baking cookies for all the neighbors. Juggling each parent’s personal family traditions with the needs, preferences, and abilities of younger family members can feel challenging. In reality, this is just an opportunity to revisit old traditions with new eyes. There are ways to integrate your favorite activities into your household and still celebrate the true meaning of each holiday.
Writing a long and thoughtful Christmas letter to family members is a treasured tradition in many households. However, coming up with the time to composes these letters can be difficult when small children require attention.
You can involve young children in this task by encouraging them to draw or color pictures for grandparents, cousins, uncles, and aunts. Engage kids only as long as they are willing to stay involved; boredom or fatigue will make them less inclined to create their own artistic efforts. If children can only color one image, scan or photograph that and use it as the art on your custom holiday greeting cards.
Holidays are a time for true family togetherness. Even in the midst of all the busyness of the season, that cozy feeling can be kept in your heart by sticking close to your favorite traditions.