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Nov282011

inchmark holiday cards

I know I'm late to the party, and you're probably one of those people who has already written, addressed, stamped, and mailed your cards off. (I aspire to be you one of these days, but alas, it hasn't happened yet!) But if you are a procrastinator like I am, I wanted to share the holiday cards I designed for Tiny Prints this year... there's still plenty of time to mail out some cards to your loved ones.

I feel pretty strongly about sending out cards. I know that they cost money, and it's just one more thing to do when you're already so busy. And in this digital age, I know you can just say "Happy Holidays" on your Facebook page and consider yourself good (though I consider that cheating). I don't write family letters (like the funny ones my dad used to write), and we don't always include a picture (sometimes that's the hardest part of getting a card together) but we send out SOMETHING each year. Some are more elaborate than others. And some years they get there a little after Christmas (whoops!). But I think my friends and family understand.

Those few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite of the whole year. I love getting cards in the mail each day, I love seeing how my friends have changed and how their kids look so much like them. I love reading the sometimes cheesy letters that detail each big event of the past year. I love cards in every form: letterpressed, foil stamped, homemade, or bedazzled. I just love that someone took the time to send me a card in the mail.

Do you agree? Or do you think cards are an aniquated tradition? Are emails and digital PDFs the new way to go? What will you be sending out to your friends and family this year? I'd love to hear. 

 

Links to my cards on Tiny Prints:

Silent night, Holy night card

Joy (4 child option)

Christmas Tree family

Joy (3 child option)

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Love that first one! I wonder what the odds are of my daughter staying asleep while I sneak up on her with a camera....

12.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

Alright. You've convinced us. We went the lazy route and said Merry Christmas on Facebook and I've been feeling badly about it since. And your card designs are really, very cute so I guess we're now sending cards out. Look for yours in the mail... or we might just hand it to you since I'm sure we'll be late getting them out as well.

12.10.2011 | Unregistered Commentercarrie hellewell

I love cards! I think they're much more common here in the UK. I couldn't contemplate the festive season without that afternoon spent listening to Christmas tunes and writing my cards. And it's lovely to get some in the post too!

12.11.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdomestikate

I'm with you! I think it is worth the effort to send a card and I love receiving cards. I used to hand make our cards (from inspiration from Martha Stewart) but we could never send very many because I usually tired at around 25 cards. For the last few years we have been using either Tiny Prints or Shutterfly to make personalized cards. I love the year end notes that friends send. So many of my friends have moved away and we rarely have enough time to catch up. These websites make it so much easier to send out cards and even my local Walgreens has great options as well.

12.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

I absolutely love Christmas cards--the kind that come in the mail, delivered by a real person with a real stamp. Beyond that, I'm not picky. I love a personal note, but gladly welcome year-end letters. Photos are lovely. Handmade cards--that would be really great. That said, I haven't sent cards in years. I will say that I'm much better at showing appreciation to my local friends and family with little tokens of friendship or notes. But when the kids run to the mailbox, and bring back a letter...that's just the best.

12.11.2011 | Unregistered Commentermessynightstand

I'm a lover of Christmas cards, too. Each year I face the stack with my address book open and get a little grumpy. But once they are finished and in the mailbox it makes me so happy. We haven't gotten many this year and now I wonder if it is because of what you said about the "digital age." And I have to sigh at this and feel a little sad because you are right - there is something so special about getting something in the mail. It's like "I'm thinking about you" times 10.

12.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I'm a firm believer in the magic of real mail. I get the same sensation receiving holiday cards that I do when somebody gives us a homemade jar of jam or batch of cookies during the holidays. The key element is of course TIME. Last year I was quite sad to see that my bookshelf wasn't quite so laden with cards as once before - no doubt a result of the Digital Age. But wouldn't you say slowing down and creating an object for somebody else's joy is in the true spirit of the holiday season after all? I'm 100% for keeping the card tradition alive for many years to come!

12.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentermollie

wow, I wish I would've seen those. they're beautiful and simple.

12.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentershelley

I LOVE getting cards. I consider them daily Christmas gifts in my mailbox! They are one of the highlights of the season for me.

12.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTania

I absolutely agree. Most people these days seem to be cynical about its value. But to me, nothing gets me in the spirit like reflecting on the year, crafting a newsletter filled with pictures of the growing family and finally sending it out to the ever growing list.

I love holiday cards and wish more people would send them out. It's such a joy each day to check the mailbox for surprises from around the world.

Tiny Prints is one of my favourites, your designs are beautiful.

12.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterArwen

I sent out family photo cards the first week of Dec and used Tiny Prints for the first time this year! This is my 5th year sending picture cards and I hope to do it every year. I LOVED them this year! Ill be going back toTiny Prints again. Funny, thats who you designed for too.

12.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsme

lovely as always, Brooke!

12.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Gosh darn BEAUTIFUL designs! Like everyone else here, I love to get cards. I love that sometimes they are also a way to re-connect when I've fallen out of touch with friends...just because we're all too busy! I love to hear how my friends are doing, how some of them have added to their families. This year, I made my own card using my really basic camera and a colouring page:

http://hilltophausfrau.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-card-2011.html

12.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop Hausfrau

Those cards are so pretty, Brooke!

I agree. Sending cards out is a must. It's too easy to lose track of people who have meant something to you along the way and and who doesn't love getting something in the real mail??

12.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

I send cards too and while it nags at me until I get it done, I don't think it would be Christmas without doing it. However, it seems from comments and emails that many of my farflung family have not yet received my cards and vice versa which is disappointing because I did try to get them off in time. Like other commenters there do seem to be a lot fewer around the house than previous years and a lot more greetings on Facebook.

12.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Alright, I know it's February and people are already getting ready for Easter, but I'm still in the process of sending out cards. My husband and I moved internationally this year, not to mention we got married, so it seems like a tangible card is needed to mark the occasion. I've just been a bit behind. Personally, I have always preferred the snail mail to the e-mail. I hang it on my walls, fridge, stuff it in my journal, and just have it everywhere with me.

02.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBekka

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