The Negative Factors of the Christmas Card

by Gwen

Now is the time of year when I start going nuts over Christmas cards. Only this year, it is a wee bit worse because I am trying to take myself seriously and plan to send out business-y looking  cards to some of my contacts as well.

I have been patiently perusing the selection at of photo cards, calendars, and really cute Christmas gift tags in preparation for ordering. As usual, I have issues.


Here are the things that I have to consider:

1. The Hate factor. Art hates having his picture taken. I think that I have 3 of him that I have taken and there is one of us together on a boat in Chicago which looks like we are so unhappy about our pending trip to the Artic. (we weren’t going to the Artic, just bundled up for a blizzard)

2. The Cringe Factor. Every picture I have ever had taken of myself makes me cringe. There is always a hair out of place, a blemish in full bloom, something that will forever kill that happy feeling that I am trying to give off.  (except for Senior Prom, I rocked that one, but that was 20 years ago)

3. The Vanity Factor. Part of me thinks that it is sort of vain to plaster yourself all over your Christmas cards. I mean, if you have kids, it’s great and fine, but if it is just you and you dog, because your partner doesn’t want the pictures of him being leaked to the world….it makes me look a bit vain.

4. The WHO-DIS Factor. Who am I sending these to and why? Do I choose one card and send them out to everyone? Or do I do a crazy warm wishing family cards to send to the fam and make more subtle Chew & Digest Books cards to my PR connections, employers, authors, and such?

5. The Cutsy, But I Don’t Have Wee Ones Factor. This could easily be solved by renting some rugrats from a neighbor and telling people that they are my kids, but that would be cheating. That and my neighbors grandchildren are Asian. We aren’t and I think that it would be pretty obvious if we use them to look like the are our kids. (on the other hand, it would look like we adopted….we could be Brangelina)

Still, I want to go through all of this to create something unique. With my budget, it is either this tiny splurge or everyone is getting coal and baked goods.





Am thinking about something simple like this for work stuff.















This isn’t our name, but an thinking of snatching these up for gift tags.





On the other hand, I just may buy everyone a calendar that has the same picture of Murphy over and over and over. You know, it would be the gift that keeps on giving. {insert drum role here}

So, what where do you get your Christmas cards? Have you used Shutterfly?




10 Comments to “The Negative Factors of the Christmas Card”

  1. Great post, Gwen! Honestly, I never give my Christmas cards that much thought. The only year I did photo cards was the year we got married. I usually just buy pretty cards half price after Christmas and save them for the next year! Then again, I only send cards to friends and family, no business contacts. Good luck with your decision!

  2. I really like that card for PR. I think it is professional, and everyone will know who it is from 🙂 Cards are always a bit of an issue here as well. Mostly because I always forget to send them out… hehe

  3. I am all about the Christmas cards. I am about to start working on them, because I mail them out the day after Thanksgiving. Just to piss everybody off. I find a good picture of the kids from the last handful of months and translate them to photo cards at Walgreens – simple and quick one hour service. I write a letter too, about our year. Funny and not too braggy. I also do calendars of the kids for close family members on Shutterfly. I’d better get busy!

  4. This was a good post! My family has never done Christmas cards – my mom was never into them, so our family just never did. We don’t even do formal Christmas family photos! I guess the point is I never thought about how much thought might go into Christmas cards, so this post was interesting for me. I think the one you posted for PR people is a nice and professional looking photo.

  5. Hahahahaha!!! I’ve always thought those picture cards are creepy. Especially when friends without kids would send those of them and their pets. LOL!!! But now that I’ve gotten them over the years it’s kind of nice to see what everyone looks like throughout the years. And the pets/kids are cute too. Good luck trying to figure it out! I buy generic cards every year and never send them…

  6. hehe

    I am used to doing three to four cards every Christmas. Professional looking ones for business contacts, employees and any clients my parents want one sent to. Family photo type ones in Spanish for family. And then cutesy Christmas ones for everyone else that we know but doesn’t get a family card.

    That said, the girls are horrible about cooperating for a family picture. I usually have to force something and it does not look all Joy and Noely

  7. I love that photo of you and Murphy. (I’m jelouse, are you really going to homeschool him in French?) You should see the looks we get when the kids at school realize the big white lady is the little Mexican boy’s mom! I say borrow the neighbor kids!

  8. Oh, yes, tricky… I should start by saying, a big pic of Murphy Grace sent to everyone would do the job nicely, I think. 🙂
    It’s only since I moved here that I’ve seen people send photos of themselves and their family (in the UK, people seem more reticent about anything like that – unless they’re the royal family of course).
    And yes, I’ve used Shutterfly for general photo products. I’m sure their cards would be great.
    Kudos to you for planning ahead! Please let us know what you decide.

  9. Gwen, You look fantastic in that picture of you and Murphy! I wish I could say that I sent cards anymore- I stopped years ago. I do like getting them though- I still have a few loyal friends who still send them. LOL

  10. I think that one is absolutely perfect! I would not want to be on the card, so I just send one out of the kids:)

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