Greeting Cards

Making Your Own Holiday Greeting Cards

Instead of opting for the generic, stiff family photo in front of a backdrop, why not take your holiday cards to the next level? With these suggestions,you can create a card that captures attention with both its contents and aesthetics.

Take a good photo.You could go the professional route or take the photo yourself. You could even search through your own pictures to see if you can find one of a momentyou'd like to share. The best photographs are ones that really convey the essence of what was happening, whether it was the first family dinner or thejourney home from the hospital with your little one.

Write a meaningful message. Keep your messages short, simple, and heartfelt. Wish your recipients a happy holiday, ask how they are, give them a quick update on how you're all doing,and close with something personal. The recipient gets a glimpse into your life via the photo, but it's up to your words to deliver the message you want toconvey.

Reflect who you actually are as a family.The photo is the first thing people see when they get your holiday card. If you're not known as the family sitting in front of a roaring fire with matchingsweaters, there's no reason to try and make people think you are.

In the end, just the act of sending a greeting says a lot about you. Even if your picture isn't perfect and you don't have time to add a personal,handwritten anecdote to each card, the gesture will be appreciated.

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