Holiday cards were such a thing in my family when I was growing up. My mom would plan our whole photo… Scheduling the photographer, picking the location in our home, outfits for the five of us, what pets would be joining in, etc. And then my dad would write the greeting inside, usually in the form of a poem. (And he’s a veterinarian, not a writer. They are seriously hilarious!) Our collection of family Christmas cards over the years is honestly my most prized possession… I actually brought the box of them back to Chicago with me when I was home over Thanksgiving. I love how you can see the physical changes in each of us kids from year to year, and get of glimpse of what life was like that year from my dad’s synopsis. My dad would work on these poems for, like, weeks at a time. And it was always his horrible handwriting with a blue pen on white printer paper that my mom would have to decode to send off to the printer. It was never the holidays without our family Christmas card playing a big part of it! (Arguing over the final photo included. 😂) We, sadly, don’t do them anymore… I think our last card was in 2010. I’m probably partially to blame since I moved across the country for a few years, but hopefully it’s a tradition we’ll pick back up in the future.
I’ve always been a huge fan of snail mail, but I used to just send regular ol’ holiday cards to my friends and family every year. Two years ago, I finally ordered grown up, customized Christmas cards like we used to do when I was a kid! Since I don’t have a significant other or a pet, I thought it was kind of silly to send them on my own, you know? Hi guys, just me here. But I ended up finding a photo I liked that wasn’t so focused on ‘me,’ but moreso that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling. That was the year I started to collaborate with brands on a larger scale, so I mainly sent the cards out to the brands and agencies I worked with on the blog throughout the year. If you’re in the same #single boat, Minted has a ton of cute non-photo cards that you can customize, too!
Last year, I had every intention of sending out holiday cards again, but I just dropped the ball. (If you’re in the same boat, you’re not alone!) Once I realized it was too late to order and send out holiday cards, I planned to do New Years cards instead because Minted had such a cute selection. I thought it would be cute to do a little “looking forward to working together this year!” kind of thing. And then I dropped the ball on that, too. Whoops!
But I finally got my shit together this year! A teensy bit delayed, but better late than never… Right? I just ordered them earlier this week and I’m excited to get them and send them out next week! I feel like it’s such a good way to get in the holiday spirit (with some Christmas tunes and red wine, perhaps?), reflect back on the year, and have a little keepsake to always remember this particular time, too.
SO! If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet, it’s not too late! (Place your orders by 12/12) Or if you’re opting for New Years cards this year, you’ve got time on time on time. But I’ve got a sweet little surprise for you if you’re still in the market for cards… Or even if you’re not and just want to order stationery, gifts, art prints, or other invitations! If you need any help picking out a design, I (naturally_ always flock towards the gold foil pressed cards.
I’ve teamed up with Minted to giveaway TWO $125 gift cards!
You can enter to win here! The winners will be contacted directly. Ends 12/14!
PS: I’m seriously such a weirdo and cry whenever I see pictures of my last apartment in New York. It may have been a 300 sq foot studio, but I sure did love that place, especially at the holidays. 😊 You can see some photos here!