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We Need a Little Christmas

November 29, 2010

I know Thanksgiving has just ended.

My Give Thanks Challenge has not yet ended. It is day 29 with only 1 day left to Give Thanks–right?–

This whole challenge has shown me that Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart. We gave this year out of the abundance of our hearts–what God so freely gives to us in His great salvation–we can so freely give to others. It was a challenge of the heart–where are our hearts? Are we thankful for all things?    Doing the will of God–will always bring with it, peace and joy.  Our Give Thanks Challenge was nothing but joy.  Thinking of others when you are –rushed-tired-sick-taking care of those who are sick-and everything else that happens in a normal life–shines a light on the darkness that can happen in this world in which we must live.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

As the end of the Challenge looms so near–I want to keep the momentum going–and what a better time than Christmas?  It is known as the season of giving–it is when the ultimate gift was given that silent night-many years ago.

So now–I am in the planning stages–Christmas cards are the first thing on my list this year.  I tend to put them on the bottom of the list and sometimes they just don’t get sent.  I can now see that sending Christmas cards to loved ones–is giving.  There are family and friends that may be alone or they are busy with their families and life–when a Christmas card arrives–everything stops.  I know that I always open the Christmas cards in the mail first–I am excited to hear from family and friends.   My most favorite cards are those that have pictures.  I think in pictures–so getting a card with pictures–completes the card for me.

As I said before-my Christmas cards can tend to be put last on the list–which means a picture included becomes a luxury.  This year, I have discovered Shutterfly. —

I have decided to start making my children a photo album for each year.  I take thousands of pictures every year.  I can take my favorites of each child and show the events of the year through a Photo Book–I think they will be cherished for years to come.

Back to the Christmas cards–Shutterfly has so many cards to choose from–but they are displayed in a way that my eyes were immediately drawn to those that fit my taste.  I have realized I tend toward more traditional.  Surprise! Surprise!  But I do need some help–

The following are my top choices–and I will give the reasons why after each card.

#1–I love this one because I can write a longer message on the front of the card to family and friends. I also love the colors.   Traditional red with a more fun green.  I also lean toward multiple pictures.

 

#2–This is the red and green again–call me a traditionalist–but red and green make Christmas for me–but I also like the idea of 3 pictures compared to 2 or 4–why, you ask?  I would like one picture of all of us together-one of just the kiddos–and one of my hero and me.  Yes–maybe three?

#3–I love the black on this card–and the and the simplicity–and the three pictures.

 

#4–This one is still the red and green but with brown–a little out of the box for me–but hey–let’s throw caution to the wind this year!  It still has three pictures.

#5–This one caught my eye because of the bright green Christmas tree and — of course–three pictures–

#6–I do love the red and green plaid on this card–and the brown–and how many pictures–three.

#7–The black on this one caught my eye–and I love it that it has the year on it–or maybe it was the three pictures.

#8–I am beginning to think that maybe I just love the brown with green and three pictures–

#9–This last one is just dreamy–I love the blue–and I love the saying–and–it only has one picture–but I still love it–

 

So you see the dilemma I have–I have numbered my choices and I would really appreciate any help you can offer to help narrow down my decision–it would make my life so much easier–oh–and a volunteer to come to the Christmas Concert on December 14 to take our picture to put on one of these lovely cards.

 

Thank you Shutterfly–in exchange for writing this post-they are giving me 50 free Christmas cards–

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 9:05 pm

    A toss up between #1 and #4; I love the colors green and brown! 🙂 And, isn’t Shutterfly so wonderful, I have used them for years, whether it be calendars, photobooks, or prints; they are great! They always are having promotions and the great thing about them is that they will let you apply as many coupon codes as you want. I have made several photobooks through them, you won’t be disappointed! As for the Christmas concert night, I am pretty sure I will be attending…;), so…if you need someone to take a family photo, I would love to do it!

    • November 29, 2010 9:10 pm

      Ha! It worked:) You were the one I wanted to take our picture! I was hoping you would want to do it–we will talk–

  2. Anne permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:12 pm

    I like #2 because each picture seems “framed” by the background & you could use horizontal or vertical pictures to fit. Some of the others would lock you in to one direction or the other.
    #7 is other one I like. It lets the pictures really stand out for themselves without the background competing with colors & again the same thing as far as the pictures orientation. The other thing about the shorter cards (#1 looks large) is you’ll save some postage by not having an over-sized envelope to buy or mail & that will mean you could send a few extra. I used to print out a letter to include with my Christmas cards. I’m trying to stamp mine again this year, but they’ll be “finally home” cards after Matt gets home. 🙂 (That gives me some more time, too!) I’m only giving my 2 cents since you asked! 🙂

  3. December 1, 2010 11:21 pm

    Well, 4 and 5 seem befitting you if I might say so! Six is also beautiful. I really like 9 also for the verse and I can never get over silhouettes of the wise men. Reminds me of a play entitled, “Wise Men Still Seek Him.” For some reason I get a kind of thrill when I hear that…so beautiful, true, and inspiring –? Anyway, but think twice before you choose number 9…I might like it so much that I decide to use it myself!!!

    • December 2, 2010 12:09 pm

      I am kind of leaning toward #3 or #7–We are wearing red and black and I think the colors on the other cards might compete too much–we’ll see–once I see the pictures–I will decide:)

      You can have #9–I love it–but one picture will not do:)

  4. December 3, 2010 12:33 am

    I love #4, 5 and 6!!! I am looking for a place to get ours from too and I hadn’t even thought of shutterfly. They are great..as Nicole said..I have gotten several books from them too and they always turn out very nice!!

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