Christmas Traditions #3 ~ Christmas Cards

 

I know I said yesterday that today I would be sharing our tradition about letters to and from Santa. Rob decided to surprise me to a day of pampering and I spent the day getting a manicure, pedicure and a completely new hair color and style. It’s now 9:30 at night and I am too tired to go downstairs and take pictures of some really cute things I found to facilitate our letters. So, I decided to bump up the post about our Christmas cards!

Ever since my first Christmas, back in 1983, my Mom and Dad have put together a creative and personal Christmas card to send to friends and family. There was always a theme to the picture and a little story on what each of us had been up to that year. Most years we incorporated my Dad dressed as Santa. As Sarah and I got older, Mom and Dad had to get a little more creative.

I searched my files and all I could find was a picture taken from 2005 and 2006.

The Christmas card in 2005 involved a separate picture of Sarah and I on separate coasts (since I was living in LA at the time). My picture showcased the beautiful weather we had in November while my Sissy was all bundled up because it was snowing!

   
In 2006, my Mom hosted a weekend long cookie baking party. We ended up with tons of sweets and got a little carried away with the flour!

Last year, we used our Christmas card to announce to family that we were expecting. I created a front and back image and then used them to create postcards from Vistaprint. It was the perfect way to share our news and I had so much fun making it.

2011 Christmas Card

I was so excited for Parker to ear the same Santa’s Littlest Helper hat that I wore for my very first Christmas card picture. We decided to do something simple and ended up stringing some lights on the wall behind our bed and spreading some red ornament walls out on our white comforter. It ended up being the perfect backdrop and this is what we came up with! You can check out our final Christmas Card here.

Christmas Card copy

Here are some of my favorite shots from the photo shoot.

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I hope you enjoyed reading! Check back tomorrow when I WILL be talking about letters to and from Santa! In the meantime, check out some of the link-ups I am participating in for other awesome Christmas traditions, food and decorating! 

* Update: December 2, 2014 – It was brought to my attention that using Christmas lights around children is extremely dangerous. When we did this photo shoot Parker had the lights for maybe 5 minutes, never put them in his mouth, and we gave him a bath afterwards. At the time I didn’t even think to look into the dangers of using them. Now that I have, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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