Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Greeting Cards have all been sent…"

"… the Christmas rush is through, but I still have one wish to make
a special one FOR YOU."

I'm sure your familiar with this lovely Carpenter's song, it's one of my favorite for this holiday season, and very apt intro for this post since it's all about our yearly Christmas card!

Living abroad sort of warrants me to do this.
Actually with the advent of email and social media, I know it would be easier, more convenient and cheaper to send our greetings this way.

However, being the sentimental shmuck that I am, I still prefer the ol' post -  love giving them away and also receiving them.

In years past, I have written long Christmas letters to far away family and friends, but this year was a bit different….

Family Year in Review from MINTED

When I saw the design, I knew it was perfect for our yearly updates. 
After all, I only try to write once a year to let family and friends know that they are remembered during the holiday season so I try to summarize our year as a family.

What's on the back
This year, I also came up with these two other designs below...

Designed at Walmart.com

Alternative designs I had to print out too since I ran out of the card from MINTED!

I send more than a hundred greeting cards yearly, a lot for overseas.

I don't get much reply just a lot of acknowledgement that they received it and are happy to have gotten it. This is the real joy for me. After all, it is the season of GIVING right?!

How about you, so you still do this sort of thing or have you gone electronic?

Wishing you and your loved ones a very 
Merry Christmas!!!!


 Would love to hear your thoughts! Please share away...


  1. Lovely cards. You look like a happy family! Merry Christmas!

  2. These designs are so lovely! I think electronic us impersonal though it saves on time. I love sending and receiving cards. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! xx

  3. What a gorgeous, happy family! I adore getting photo cards, but haven't gotten that together for the past couple of Christmases. I'm hoping to be more organized next year! Merry Christmas, Vel!

  4. Merry Christmas Vel! I hope you are having a great holiday!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  5. Gorgeous family photos, Vel! Wishing you and your loved ones a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New 2014! Seasons greetings and Christmas hugs from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  6. The Year in review is such a nifty idea! Where did you find this? Great pictures too!

  7. I love that snapshot of your year design - such a great idea! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas Vel!

  8. Fabulous designs! Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and new year! Enjoy the holidays!


  9. I love the year in review Christmas card - what a fun way to share your family story.

    My husband hated having a December birthday when he was a child. As an adult, he is used to it.

    Happy Birthday . . . Happy New Year

  10. Oops, I totally missed this post! I don't know how you were able to choose, all these examples are wonderful -- your family is so cute (hubby & boys don't mind being referred to as "cute," do they?).

    I do send real card via "snail mail," and I also write a Christmas letter summing up what our year has been. Ever since we had our first grandchildren, my cards have always been a collage photo of them. I only send about a quarter the number you do, but they are the most important people in our lives. I can't see that stopping any time soon!

  11. I LOVE that card - it's so fun! Here's to good old fashioned snail mail!

  12. I absolutely love your Christmas card, what a wonderful idea!! I have been so overwhelmed at Christmastime over the past few years, that I have started a new tradition of Happy New Year cards... I'm hoping to get 2014's out this week! :)

    The Glam Pad


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