How do you feel about Christmas cards?
I love receiving them. The generic ones people buy in bulk, the handmade ones that take so much time and care, the simple ones you print out yourself. They all get a special place on my fridge. And then come January they are tucked away in a box labeled "Proof that people care."
No matter how generic the card, I know the sender cared enough to write my name and use a stamp. And really, that says a lot.
Christmas cards take time. Picking them out, signing your name (and possibly adding a personal message), stuffing and stamping, the trips to the post office (or, you know, the end of the driveway). And chances are, you're sending out more than a couple.
All of this in between the baking, and decorating, and shopping, and crafting, and other less-seasonal but still necessary tasks of life. Christmas is incredibly busy, even without sending cards.
I am much too lazy to do that.
In fact, my Christmas Greetings are usually limited to a mass-text saying "Happy Holidays! Don't drink and drive!"
I've been satisfied with that in the past, but now that I'm married, I can't help thinking about it.
Maybe I should send out cards.
There are a bunch of ideas online, but the ones that really draw my attention are the photo cards.
I loved sending out my wedding invitations in 2009, and seeing my face plastered on the fridges of my friends and relatives (even if they did hastily stick them on there because they knew I was coming, and would probably ask).
I love the idea of sending an image along with the greeting. I think it helps people remember who you are faster.
(What? You've been there. After the third card signed "Shaniqua and Fernando" it's easy to lose track.)
And so after a month of debating, I've decided to try it. I'm taking the plunge, and ordering the cards.
It will be incredibly last minute, and some people probably won't get theirs in time for Christmas. But hey, that's pretty true-to-character, and I don't think anyone who knows me would expect anything less (or, well, more).
What? It's progress.
After much research, I think I am going to go with Shutterfly. I've used other companies in the past, and they worked fine. But I'm looking for something more.
Also? They kind of asked me to. It's a promotional thing.
(And those cards are going to be free.)
(What, I had to disclose it.)
I tweeted about it a way back in November, and it was open to any and all bloggers. I'm thinking that's a sign of a good company.
Even knowing I could get this deal, I hesitated. For a month. I love free things, but I still wasn't sure it would be worth the effort.
Remember that whole "I'm incredibly lazy" thing?
And so after wrestling with this for weeks, I decided to do it. On the last possible day. If I waited until tomorrow, it would be too late.
What can I say? I like living on the edge.
I have no experience using Shutterfly, but if I like their quality, and their service, I will definitely consider them for my future Christmas card needs. And maybe my Photo Calendar needs. And my Photo Book needs. And heck, maybe even my invitation needs!
(I have a lot of needs).
So how about you? Did you participate in the Shutterfly blog giveaway?
And what are your feelings about Christmas cards?