Christmas Cards!

Every year I put together a picture and newsletter for our friends and family…it just so happens that being Pastors of a church means a have a lot of friends and family. So, it becomes a huge process (picking the pictures, printing them, writing the newsletter, printing it, buying envelopes and stamps, addressing or handing out the envelopes…whew!) It might sound like I’m complaining but, I actually love giving and receiving pictures and letters. There are tons of people that only hear from us once a year and I’m still not wanting to let go of those friendships…it’s the perfect way to catch them up! AND whether It’s people I see all the time or not, it’s a great way to have their faces on my fridge!

It’s a great tradition! Lots of work…but worth it!

Do you put together a Christmas card? How big is your list? And when (realistically) does it actually get into the mail?

Jen Westpfahl - December 12, 2007 - 8:05 pm

It was a beautiful letter with beautiful pictures. Photo skills must run in the family. I appreciate getting one.

I *plan* to do some type of letter this year but it may end up like more of a New Year’s letter. 🙁

Jodi - December 12, 2007 - 9:32 pm

We do photo cards of our twins – I send out 75 each year. I usually mail them the week after Thanksgiving. This year it was early, so I mailed the cards the first Saturday in December. I love getting letters and photo cards too.

Liz Reeves - December 12, 2007 - 11:40 pm

Our list is about 120 people long. Some of those get the email version of the card/picture/letter, though!

Shana - December 13, 2007 - 8:00 am

I too love sending Christmas cards and I ALWAYS include pictures! I’m so disappointed when I open a card (from a friend with children) and there are no pictures! I also send mine to some that I’ve not seen or spoken to in 15 + years, but I feel like I stay connected just by sending a card once a year. I also send pictures to close friends and all my family (include extended family) throughout the year, especially if my children, niece and nephew have professional pictures made. I went through a period thinking “why do I go through all this trouble; no one else does it”… and then out of the blue I receive 3 very sweet letters (from extended family members) thanking me and telling me how much it means to them that I want to “share” my children with them. So, needless to say, that made it ALL worth my hard work to send these cards and pictures out every year. By the way, I send out 90 plus (just shy of 100) cards for Christmas!! And mine were mailed out December 8th! (it’s not always that early though).
If I had your address I’d probaby send you one too :)!
Merry Christmas!

P.S. I would LOVE to send in a picture for the contest… but, I’m not smiling this week… We’ve had record breaking temperature here in Knoxville, TN… 76 degrees this week!!! NOT feeling a lot like Christmas!

KS Dallas - December 13, 2007 - 10:09 am

I used to send xmas cards – I don’t anymore but one time saving idea is to put everyone’s name into your computer and use the computer to make mailing labels. Then you can quickly address the envelopes. The other thing is that if someone moves – you have their data stored and you can just go in an update it.

I know some people aren’t fond of labels so the other option is to pre-stamp and pre-address your envelopes so when the cards arrive – you can get them mailed pretty quickly. If the cards you order come with envelopes and you can’t get them a head of time – you might consider buying some (they aren’t that expensive) and then saving the other ones for next year.

Just a few thoughts on the subject. Happy Holidays.

KS Dallas

Angie - December 13, 2007 - 5:29 pm

We are doing a letter and pic for the first time this year – a great way to stay in touch with people (that and our blog). We’ve got about 100 on the list right now – you’ll get one on Sunday! :0) (We loved your letter and the pic – you’re on our fridge, too!)

Carrie - December 13, 2007 - 11:00 pm

I have been trying to snap the perfect picture of my 14month twins since Thanksgiving. The day we got home from visiting family in MN for Thanksgiving, both boys fell and hit their heads, leaving nice bruises on their faces. The next week Wesley broke out in a rash all over his body. Finally, on Tuesday afternoon I decided it was time. The boys didn’t agree. I did have some fun with it and put together a little slide show for my family. I thought as a someone who takes a lot of kid pictures you might find it funny.

Beka - December 14, 2007 - 3:48 pm

I love getting christmas cards/pictures from friends that I haven’t seen in years – even if it’s the only time we “catch-up,” I love it!

I did a photo card this year – with just Jakob’s pic. I prefer the whole family shots, but it just didn’t happen this year – and being prego with pups on my face… well, I wasn’t too disapointed to do a Jakob solo shot! 🙂

My list was scaled down this year, only printed about 90 cards – I’ll probablly end up posting it on our site and emailing it out to the masses, I just can’t afford that many stamps! 🙂

I put a short newsletter in with the ones I mailed, but I didn’t even sign our names (in real ink) – I feel kinda bad about that. But I did hand address the envelopes, I feel like I want them to have SOME sort of personal touch! Our return address was a sticker though – what are you going to do? 🙂 I’d rather send a semi-impersonal note than not send one at all!

Alison Lea Photography - December 15, 2007 - 6:44 pm

This is our first year for Christmas cards.
We’re doing around 60 with a photo and short letter.

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