Christmas Cards

Our Christmas session with Tracy Jones Photography

Sending and receiving Christmas cards is one of my favorite Christmas traditions! However, they can be expensive and time consuming so let’s breakdown all the different steps and routes you can take during Christmas card planning!

Pick your photo(s): First you have to pick the perfect photo, or if you’re like us, you have family photos taken each year.

Dress the family for photos: this year I bought my dress off of Amazon. The boys are both dressed in Little English. My husband does all his shopping at Beau Outfitters here in Jacksonville and is wearing a Genteal polo from there.

Decide your budget: Then you have to decide a budget. I personally don’t like to spend more than $80-$100.

DIY: A few years ago I discovered Fernandina Paper Co. and fell in love with all of her designs. And the best part, everything is DIY! You can edit your templates and either print yourself or upload them to a professional site and have them printed and delivered to your door. This is the route we took two Christmas ago. Last year I purchased 5×7 linen blanks and printed at home myself. This was a VERY budget friendly option.

Professional: 3 Christmas ago we ordered our cards using Minted.com. This option is perfect for anyone with limited time because they offer complimentary recipient addressing when you purchase a card design. You can also go as minimal or extravagant as you would like.

I love receiving Christmas cards from our family and friends, too! Typically I display the cards we receive on our entry table. However, this year I’m going to start a new tradition with all of the cards we receive. I’ll be collecting each card and making a “book” by punching a hole in the corners and tying all together with a pretty ribbon. I’ll top it off with our own card and display on our coffee table! Stay tuned for pictures!

Does your family send holiday cards each year? Do you send snail mail or digitally? Tag me in your holiday cards on Instagram!

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