We’re halfway through September and a hint of Fall air is cooling us heat-weary Texans. I’m telling you, we live for Fall here. We don’t see a lot of spectacular foliage or need to bust out the parkas, but we’re pretty excited to be able to roast a marshmallow over something besides the concrete. Heck, we’re excited to be able to start a fire at all after the annual, summer-long burn ban.
The beginning of Fall means that a few holidays are just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of waiting until the day after Thanksgiving and “suddenly” realizing Christmas is in a month. Like the date changes from year to year.
We don’t decorate much, mainly because all our Christmas decorations are in storage. We don’t practice a large gift exchange, though we put a lot of thought into the few gifts we do purchase. We don’t usually travel anywhere because my husband’s family lives nearby.
However, the one thing we do and do big is Christmas cards. We almost aways take new pictures and send a yearly update of family stories. I imagine some people on our Christmas card list use the newsletter for a bird tray liner and the picture for something just as sanitary, but for others who rarely see us, it’s a glimpse into our life. They see how our girls grow and change from year to year. They laugh at our comedic antics and cry when we share our struggles. It’s not all sunshine and roses here, after all.
At one point, when my life was somewhat less hectic, I sent handmade cards. Those were fun, and I usually started making them sometime in May. Hah! That was a different season in my life, shall we say.
Then, I sent greeting cards and handsigned each one. My hand cramps just thinking about that.
Last year I discovered a new way, and I like it. Pre-printed photo cards. I upload the photos to a designer card. They are printed and mailed to me within a week. I can even print address labels. Set up an assembly line, and we can ship those cards off in an afternoon. Woo-hoo!
My photo printer of choice is Tiny Prints. Tiny Prints creates unique greeting cards for any occasion, but their Christmas cards are my favorite. Wanna know why? Because it’s the only company I’ve found with enough photo openings for all our kids! Last year I used the big photo opening for the group and then four smaller photo openings for duos of my husband and I and the toddlers, and individuals of the other three girls. It turned out so cute, and I had a number of people comment on how much they liked it.
And NOW, if you hurry, you can order your Christmas photo cards for 20% off! Can you imagine having that done now and not after Thanksgiving. Talk about taking some of the stress out of the holidays. Don’t wait! Sale ends Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Here’s the 1-2-3.
- Go to Tiny Prints.
- Use code SEPTHOL25 to save 20% on your Christmas card order of $45 or more or 25% on orders of $99 or more.
- Shop till you drop. In your jammies. Day or night.
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