Are Photo Christmas Cards Still Relevant?

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Family Wedding Christmas Card Photo.


As the holidays are fast approaching,  the question was posed : “Are photo Christmas cards still relevant?”

The short answer here is, YES!!!!   As a woman in my mid-thirties, Maureen asked me to provide my perspective on the topic.

While some may see photo family Christmas cards as a trend that just never seemed to die, it’s for good reason!  Mainly, it’s a great way to keep your friends and relatives up to date on your growing family.  People get married, they may have kids, and sometimes more kids, and those kids grow!  Most people don’t get to see your family’s photos very regularly, so this is a great way of sharing how your family has evolved over the past year.

Now, I know what you’re thinking:  that’s what Facebook is for. Well, yes and no.  I can honestly say that about half of the people on my Christmas card list are my friends on Facebook.   My Christmas card list is much more broad, it includes a lot of our parents friends, professional friends of ours from work, extended family and some acquaintances. People we like to keep in touch with, but not people we talk to or see on a regular basis.

Photo Christmas cards are also a great way to celebrate life’s milestones: weddings, babies and birthdays!  When I got married, my in-laws Christmas card featured a beautiful photo of our whole family on their Christmas card that year.  Let’s be honest, when else are we ever all together and look that good?  But it was nice for people who weren’t able to attend the wedding to see the photo and share in the joy a little bit.  It was also special because it featured my husband’s grandfather, who is no longer with us.  He was so honored to be featured on the card and we all still look back at that card and smile.

I’ll admit:  it’s not for everyone.  Not everyone has the time, energy and money to put into a photo Christmas card each year.  Some people just don’t care to do it, and that’s OK too.  But keep in mind, you can keep it casual and cost effective!  You don’t need to have expensive matching formal outfits posing for a professional photographer.  Some of the best photos are impromptu, taken by a friend and can be designed and printed online for a fraction of the price of printing photos and mounting them on thick cardstock.

Fun, spontaneous Christmas Card photo of our one-year old son, Jack, vacuuming.

One last thought: you can have a sense of humor!  My husband and I sent our first photo Christmas card last year, which featured our one year old boy vacuuming the living room as we were sitting on the couch, drinking champagne.  I cannot even tell you how many compliments I got on that card.  People still remember and talk about it, a year later! In hindsight, I may have set the bar a little too high the first year … I’m not quite sure how I’m going to top or even match that again, but maybe that’s part of the creative challenge?



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