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2010/352: Christmas Around The World

One of my favorite things in the weeks before Christmas, is sending Christmas cards to friends and family. Seems that many people don’t send cards anymore, or they send e-cards or e-mails. I like sending the traditional cards, by snail mail, and know I put a smile on someone’s face when they open their mail box and find a Christmas card.
This year was a little more special than the years before, because my Christmas card list grew by a few blog friends. Not only from right here in the United States, but around the world, like Denmark and Australia. It was so nice to include them this year, and maybe by next year my Christmas card list will grow by a few more friends?

17 responses

  1. Anjeanette

    Michaela! This is exactly how I feel. I particularly love the cards with pictures of the families …including the parents…I have all the pictures of your girls from past Christmas cards. I love to have them with you and Greg too!

    18. December, 2010 at 06:42

    • Thanks Anjeanette. Now you do have one with me and Greg…. there may not be another one anytime soon! πŸ˜‰

      19. December, 2010 at 15:58

  2. Kristie Havyer

    I love the “real cards too”.
    Your little set up is so pretty

    18. December, 2010 at 06:46

    • Thanks Kristie. That’s all it was.. a setup. Not the one I had pictured in my head either… I wanted a pretty globe ornament, but all I found were ugly ones. Pottery Barn had a beautiful glass ornament, but by the time I got around to ordering it, they were out of stock 😦

      19. December, 2010 at 16:00

  3. Becky Sue

    I love your composition on this… the globe, the candy cane, the pen. I, too, am a card maker and mailer. I remember my parents mailing out over 100 when I was a kid. I don’t send that many but still have a large list. I try to send notes, when time permits, to people that I have been close with in the past that I now rarely see. Esp. the ones that don’t converse online. I try to be creative each year with a new card design and people have begun to expect it so it puts me under pressure. This year I’m armed with my new Photoshop skills and had fun creating. I’ll be mailing mine out today.

    18. December, 2010 at 07:37

    • Thanks so much, Becky! Shhh, the pen wasn’t the one I actually used to sign the cards, but it was much prettier πŸ˜‰
      That’s a LOT of cards that your parents sent!
      Designing cards is so much fun, although I admit that I took the easy way out this year and just used a photo, and didn’t look for (or make) a template. The plan was to use a family picture that I had taken back in October when we were all dressed up for a wedding, but then I decided that it just wasn’t christmas-y enough with all the green grass and trees, and us in short sleeves, so I included the photo in most of the cards.

      19. December, 2010 at 16:04

  4. Long live the card!! I think you have composed a perfect greeting card photograph here… maybe send it to Hallmark!

    18. December, 2010 at 10:16

    • Aww, thank you! I don’t think it’s quite Hallmark worthy, though. Maybe just the photo I used for the card πŸ˜‰

      19. December, 2010 at 16:06

  5. doreen

    LOVE your set up here!
    I too love getting the cards but now it’s a race to the mailbox as the kids want to open them and I have a hard time saying now. But I really want to scream “did you address and mail out all those xmas cards?? I deserve this” lol. So now I just make sure I get them before they come home, lol

    18. December, 2010 at 17:10

    • Too funny, Doreen! My kids are too lazy to go to the mailbox. They like to look at the cards we get, but they’re not exactly ripping the envelopes out of my hands to open them. If they did, I’d tell them that they’rte addressed to ME, so I will open them! πŸ˜‰
      Thanks! That setup took quite a bit of tweaking to get it the way I wantd it.

      19. December, 2010 at 16:08

  6. I love Christmas cards too. Yours was beautiful – thanks for adding me to the list.
    The composition of today’s photo is gorgeous.

    19. December, 2010 at 15:03

  7. Thank you! Glad you liked the card…. and today’s composition πŸ™‚

    19. December, 2010 at 16:10

  8. dalia

    awww I am so glad to be on your list!! love the pic too!!

    22. December, 2010 at 06:59

    • OF COURSE you’re on my list!! β™₯
      So glad to be on yours, too!

      22. December, 2010 at 08:41

  9. I got mine!! WONDERFUL family photo. And, yes, smile ensued. πŸ™‚

    I feel the same way and sometimes I actually get upset when I receive certain cards because they are not personalized in ANY way – not even our names! Sigh. I then try to understand that people are BUSY and that at least they sent a card but I don’t feel that simply sending a card is the point.

    I, for one, will always try to stop for a moment and put pen to paper and think about the people I am sending to. I do admit that this season, sadly, I didn’t have the time I wanted to put into my cards so I did the best I could. There’s always next year! πŸ˜‰

    22. December, 2010 at 08:28

    • Thank you! We loved yours, too! πŸ™‚
      I didn’t really personalize ours either, but I do take the time to hand sign them, especially since I went with folded cards (photo cards usually don’t leave enough space to sign them, and it’s easier to add the names before they get printed).

      22. December, 2010 at 08:44

  10. Gosh, did we even know each other last Christmas? Wonder when we “met”… Yep, your “next years” Christmas list will have grown by a few friends. πŸ™‚

    26. November, 2011 at 19:01

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