After two years of sending out zero Christmas cards, we caved in and bought Christmas cards again this year for Christmas 2015.
And I totally caved (eek!) and got some gorgeous gold foil cards from Minted. Which I told myself I was never going to do.
First of all, Marisa Vasquez Photography did a great job on our family photos. Thank you Marisa!
Second of all, the Minted photo cards were so pretty and classy.
One of the reasons I stopped sending out cards in years past was because I was trying so hard to stick to a strict holiday budget. Cards are so expensive, stamp prices are always going up, and we figure we can send cards out every other year.
Of course, once the cards from our friends started to arrive (I love that I know I’m going to get Lesli’s card first!) I wished so much that we had made a card too. Even though it costs money, it’s like a small gift to friends, a gesture of love and reaching out, even though you hardly get to see each other anymore.
There is something very touching and lovely about receiving a Christmas card. The family photo cards are a double bonus. Brilliant. Before we used to send a card and a newsletter, and now it’s possible to send a photo as the actual card. Friends and family can (hopefully) keep it for years to come.
This year, Christmas 2015, we are going minimalist with Christmas gifts to the kids. With four kids in one room, we have no space for more toys. So we are giving gifts that are an “experience.” Which means quality time together as a family and fun memories.
This decision also leaves us with a little more money in our Christmas budget for cards.
Here are our top three cards:
Which one is your favorite?
Now if I can only find my list of addresses!
Where is your favorite place to buy holiday cards? Have you tried Minted yet? What do you think?