As you may have seen in my November goals, I’m hoping to finish all my Christmas shopping before December 1. While I keep to a pretty strict no-Christmas-music-or-movies-till-after-Thanksgiving rule, I believe it’s completely worth it to get any potentially time-consuming holiday tasks done ASAP in order to protect that short and sweet time with family as much as possible. Along with gift brainstorming and shopping, new to my list this year is sending out Christmas cards!
Getting Christmas cards in the mail has always been one of my favorite things about the holidays–my family keeps all the cards we receive in a special basket, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved digging into the basket to read newsletters (especially from one family friend whose newsletter is always particularly amusing) and see pictures of how families we know have grown. It feels like such a rite of passage to be choosing my own Christmas card for mine and Dave’s tiny family, and it fills my heart to think of my very own card landing in my parents’ basket! As my friend Emily put it, this is mine and Dave’s year for the “Christmas card jackpot” thanks to our gorgeous wedding photos by Ryan Ray, and when it came to choosing a card design that does our photos justice, Minted was the first place I turned. We chose Minted for our save the dates, so it feels a little sentimental to be using their cards for our first married Christmas too, and I love that they have an entire section dedicated to “Newly Married” designs. Here are a few of my favorites! (This isn’t the photo we’re using on our real cards because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone on my mailing list, but mocking these up almost convinced me to switch it!)
So fun, don’t you think? Minted’s selection never disappoints–they work with independent designers around the world to make sure they’re always offering fresh, unique designs, and I’m a sucker for their customizability (is that a word? Y’all know what I mean). Since my handwriting is less than stellar, I’m also definitely planning to take advantage of their envelope addressing service! Prettier envelopes + less time on my part = win win :)
Do you send holiday cards? How about a newsletter? I’d love to hear what your traditions are!
P.S. Minted is currently offering 20% off of foil-pressed products, including cards and art! We used one of their foil options for our save the dates and they were even more gorgeous in person. For foil-pressed Christmas cards, I love this, this, and this!