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Christmas Card Blues

I have lots and lots of holiday sessions to post. In short, the last two weeks have been a marathon. Usually, the 10 days after Thanksgiving are a rush of photoshoots, editing, and shipping photos to my lovely (last minute) clients for them to design, order, and ship their Christmas cards on time. Black Friday Shopping? Nope. I hunker down like it's a hurricane and edit until my eyeballs fall out to make deadlines. Happy clients, happy me. That's just the way it works. :)

BUT.

What if you're JUST thinking of holiday cards and it seems like it's just. too. late.

Honestly, I have never had a family photo done of my OWN family because there is just no time in the holiday season rush - but now that I have a little one, I want to. For (all) my grandparents who don't use Facebook... or EMAIL for that matter. So, I came up with a plan.

New Years cards!

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And you're saying... what the what?

Yep. New Year's cards. For those of us who just can't beat the holiday rush, are forgetful, or are just way too busy to think about it enough in advance to make it in time. I will probably send these out early January. I'm really excited about this, because I've found a solution to my Christmas/Holiday card blues. And yes, there ARE websites that do these cards! I didn't even think it was possible to find them, but they're out there!

I've already started looking online at some templates, and I LOVE the ones on the Minted and Peartree Greetings websites. 

My theory is that the cards will stick around someone's house all YEAR (hence "New Year" cards), thus making my investment in the photo itself so much more worth it. 

Disclaimer: This is not -- in any way -- hinting that Christmas cards do not matter. I lurrrve Christmas cards. In fact, I have already started to display the ones I've received (see below).

p.s. - Sorry for the iPhone pictures. And the fact that this photo REFUSED to rotate. It's not my fault. But I figured your neck can get some exercise checking out my holiday card display ;)

Remember the DIY I posted a year ago for a Christmas card display? It's there all year 'round to collect the photos I love.

Oh, and do you not LOVE the Elswick's card this year? I took the photo on a glorious November evening, and Jon designed the template himself. Addi & Morgan designed and hand-knitted the sock monkey hat. Love. Love. LOVE.

Guys, I'd love your feedback. What do you think of this idea? Would you do something like this? Have you found any templates (holiday or New Years) that you LOVE? Share with the class :)

XOXO,