Holiday cards - my lessons learned

The Corbid 2013 holiday card

The Corbid 2013 holiday card

It was dinnertime at the Corbid house and at one point during our normal conversation, I mentioned that we needed to schedule some time to take pictures for the annual Christmas card. I thought I would see a few eye rolls, then we’d set the date…conversation complete. I was wrong. We spent the next 30 minutes talking about what we were going to put on the card, what the photos would look like, and my 8-year old even started designing the card. When the suggestions started going off the rails a bit, we got out the list of holiday message suggestions I give to clients. Here’s what I learned about my family that night. First, they really do care about our holiday card (translation...the card matters). And second, they have some really great ideas!

We hang the cards we receive on ribbons that hang in our front entryway.

We hang the cards we receive on ribbons that hang in our front entryway.

I LOVE giving AND getting holiday cards (Lesson #3, so does my family). I get so much joy out of seeing how the babies have grown into teenagers, seeing people's travels and just catching up. No surprise, I have a love for the photo card. I display them in my home from the day they start coming in December, through the end of January (at least).

Here are some more lessons I've learned over the years:

Keepin' it real!

Keepin' it real!

  • Unique is fun and interesting. Make your card personal. Add captions to photos or highlights from the year. At minimum, include kid's ages and maybe some of their interests.
  • Action shots rock. Posed can be beautiful, but don't be afraid to use photos you've taken throughout the year. If you need to take photos, remember happy kids=happy camera. With that said...there's nothing I love more than a photo card where the kid's expressions are so real they make me laugh.
  • Get close. People want to see faces more than backgrounds.
  • Go neutral with clothing. I learned that lesson from my own senior pictures (still wondering why someone didn't tell me).
  • If you are busy, ask for help from your family or a professional. We can create in about 1/3 of the time that you can...and sometimes for less money.

Keep 'em coming friends! Thanks for all of the joy you've given me over the years. Can't wait to go to the mailbox!