Friday, October 29, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Yes. I realize that it's still October and we haven't even put our Halloween costumes on yet, but it is the time of year when I start working on the infamous Christmas card picture. (If you're going to take the picture outdoors you have to do it before the leaves fall from the trees so your picture looks fun and cheery instead of cold and dreary.)

I used to stress about the fact that I wasn't married and didn't have kids to put on the front of my Christmas card, but I still wanted to do one with a picture. I mean, my dog is my kid and I like pictures. So shoot me.

I worried people would think I was being vain - I'm not. But, statistics (ok, maybe its an unscientific poll of friends and family) show that you keep the cards with pictures and display them proudly. While, the other cards, even though they are sweet, thoughtful and much appreciated, don't get the same valued space on the fridge the way photo cards do.

I read about this promotion that Shutterfly is doing for bloggers who will write about their favorites from their website. I wasn't convinced at first, but after doing a little browsing, I was instantly in love with about 15 different cards I could easily send out for Christmas. And, to top it all off - they were consistently cheaper than most of the other major websites that offer similar products. Sold!

The Christmas photo cards are my favorite. This one is too cute, but wouldn't work for me. Again, it's that whole issue with not having a couple of kids to fill up all the different places for pictures. My mother is probably the only person on my list that would appreciate that many different shots of me and Cody.


Instead, I always go for the cards with space for one picture. I love this one. It reminds me of the Greek Key pattern in a lot of fabrics I've seen lately on decorating blogs and in magazines. This would color coordinate nicely with my living room. This one is from their Holiday Cards collection.


In year's past I have been known to throw a little Christmas Party. It's usually a cookie or ornament exchange party. I don't think it is in the cards for me this year. There's just too much going on and not enough time to get it all in. But, if I did throw a party, I think I'd use this for my invite. I didn't know Shutterfly had invites, too!


There's so much to choose from which is typically a good thing, but it may not be for me. 

I usually end up trying to sort through the 567 pictures I take to get a good shot of Cody. Then I have to do the same thing all over trying to decide which card to pick. However, now I've already got that part out of the way. (I didn't show my absolute favorite since some of you may be getting it in the mail very soon). 

But, I will leave you with the out-takes from last year's Christmas Card photo shoot. 

Cody must have seen something more interesting...

Or he was embarrassed by what the wind was doing to my hair.

I think we were both over it at this point...

...but, we finally got it together! 

Happy Early Christmas Card Shopping!

Love, 
Kelly and Cody

44 comments:

LEW said...

you momentarily inspired me to send out a photo Christmas card-- but I, like you, have no hubby or kids to include on a card. only a little angel dog and me. As i was browsing the cards from the shutterfly site only 3 cards out of 5 pages actually said MERRY CHRISTMAS (not "happy holidays.") Boo to that. Maybe ill see you again sometime in this life-time? if not-- maybe ill send you a christmas card! haha

Kelly said...

You need to send out Christmas cards. You've got the dog, the beach and the camera. Perfect recipe for a super cute card!

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