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Growing up, Mom had a hope chest. My grandfather made it for her for her 16th birthday. It’s made of pine and smells wonderful. It was always something I longed would be passed on to me. For more than one reason. First, of course, because my grandfather made it. Second, because it housed all of Mom’s stationery. She certainly passed on the love for stationery to me, which is why this time of year is one of my all time favorites. The mail is filled with more than just bills or propaganda. It’s filled with Christmas and Holiday cards. I LOVE receiving holiday cards. Even if it’s from someone I see often, there’s great excitement in finding out what their holiday card will look like this year.
Making holiday cards is easier than ever now. Each year there is something that adds just a little more pizzazz. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite designs this year. One of them may end up being our holiday card. Choosing just one is the hardest part. Below are some of the top runners for our holiday card.
Unique & Non-traditional
Non-traditional cards are the one’s I typically lean toward. They’re fun and standout among the rest, like this heart shaped card.
The first Christmas that I lived on my own, I received one Christmas card and it was from my mother. I loved receiving so much. The only problem was figuring out where to put it. I was renting a room, so there wasn’t a mantle to put it, and with just one there really wasn’t a need to put it on my door. The final landing place was the tiny tree I put up in my room. I tucked it between the branches. When I saw the ornament cards, I remembered that Christmas with the lonely card tucked into our Christmas tree, and thought what a wonderful idea! A place for the cards to live – on the tree for all to see.
These laser-cut cards feed into the whimsy of the season. There are a number of sayings about details. My favorite, and by Oprah of course – “Love is in the details.” There is something about the intricate details of a laser-cut card that exudes love. When it comes to our Christmas picture, we often teeter on sending a card with a picture of just the kids or a picture with all of us. The laser-cut cards will probably be our front runner if we opt for a picture of just the kids.
The look of traditional cards have certainly changed over the years. While photo cards are becoming the norm, there are still a number of options to make your card stand out. Foil lettering, like the card below, adds flare and flash to the traditional photo card. Exclusive fonts and designs also help your card stand out from the rest.
My favorite thing about holiday cards is the amount of options available now. Finding a card that represents your family’s style is easier than ever. The problem is deciding on just one. Or maybe you don’t have to decide on just one, that’s the beauty of having options.
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Let the holiday fun begin!