A Thousand Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a photo Christmas card worth? The first commercial Christmas card was produced in London in 1843. Since then, the greeting card industry has boomed. Even with the creation of internet cards, Christmas cards are still holding strong. Christmas cards were appearing in stores in September. September!!! When Shawn and I were first married, we send out traditional Christmas cards. After we had our first child Elise, we jumped into photo Christmas cards. These were a big hit since we lived across the country from our family. Every year since then, a new picture has been taken (some photo sessions included tears), personal messages were written (sometimes letter that only half of the recipients read), Christmas stamps were purchased and the cards were sent out.

We shared joys and triumphs from the past year. Every other Christmas, our family grew by another member. Last year, our Christmas cards showed our three girls on the beach with “#4” written in the sand. This year, #4 will be in our picture. I enjoy looking back at our past cards and remembering where we were and what was going on in our lives.

This year, I was given the opportunity to write a blog about photo Christmas cards and help promote www.shutterfly.com. Not a problem! Our photo Christmas cards came from Shutterfly last year. They are one of my favorites. So, whether you like using a photo (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery) or not photo (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-cards or http://www.shutterfly.com/greetings/index.jsp ), maybe you should check out www.shutterfly.com and see how you can spread some holiday cheer this year. This was my plug.

So, like years past, I will find a time to corral the whole family into a slightly staged grouping. Set the camera up, and try (without getting frustrated or someone bursting into tears – that happened one year) to get one picture where we are all looking in the same direction. Maybe like this one, but with Ellasyn’s eyes open.