It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I probably could have written this post a month ago because it was beginning to look like Christmas then. Just as the stores were full swing into Halloween decorations, I saw the Christmas trees popping up ever so subtly.

Now that Halloween is over, it’s apparently okay to go full scale Christmas. The trees are up in the stores. The banners are up in the shopping center parking lots. I’m getting toy catalogs every day. And I’m actually starting to think about Christmas cards.

When I graduated from college and moved to an apartment, I felt like I could finally begin my grown-up life even though I was only 21. I got my first Christmas tree. It was live tree. My first live tree ever. I grew up in the 70s where the best Christmas decorations were plastic, colorful, and shiny. A live tree was a novelty for me.

I hung a few solid colored balls and colorful lights and voila I was a grown-up. Then I collected addresses and sent out Christmas cards. Because that’s what grown-ups do every year.

I continued the tradition every year. I always looked for the prettiest, quaintest, non-denominational card out there. I handwrote a note to every friend and family member. I signed it. I handwrote the envelopes. I mailed them.

Then I had my bebe. I was not going to be one of those families. I was not going to torture people with a long typed letter telling everyone of fabulous vacations and family milestones. I was not going to detail every ailment that every family member had suffered. I was just going to send out my cards. And they were not going to be those Christmas photo cards either.

Well, no one told me my baby would be so darn cute. So I graced his face on our Christmas card in 2007.

And I got rave reviews. I mean, how could I not? A gorgeous babe, indeed. So I continued the tradition into 2008.

Argh. I can’t stand the cuteness! But then I started getting requests for mom and dad to step into the picture. So in 2009, we reluctantly did. This time, our “studio” was the big Christmas tree outside the local mall.

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Not too bad for a camera propped up on a nearby table set to an auto timer. Now, what can we do to top that for 2010?

I’m planning to buy a special lens for my camera that automatically sheds 10 pounds and ensures that my son is not making goofy faces when the camera goes off. And then I’m headed to Shutterfly for the quick and easy photo upload.

I love the folded holiday cards that actually look like cards. Not the big long photo prints. This is what I have my eye on this year.

I might actually replace the little girl’s photo with my son’s though. I don’t know. I haven’t decided. She is pretty cute. One thing is certain though. I’m getting them for free. If you’re a blogger, you can too.

Go to the Shutterfly Community Blog and sign up for the 2010 Holiday Card collection promotion.

Now that that’s finally out of the way, I can start focusing on Valentine’s Day. It’s right around the corner, you know.

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As part of Shutterfly’s 2010 Holiday Card collection promotion, I volunteered to write a post about Shutterfly’s fresh and fabulous holiday cards in exchange for 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly. If you would like to contribute a blog write up and receive 50 free holiday cards, please visit their blogger promotion.

  • SaucyB

    oh my goodness your pictures are adorable! I use Shutterfly every year for my cards. I’m going to have to check out that promotion!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve used a variety of places because I love the folded 5×7 cards that look like real cards but they are so darn expensive. So a few words for some free cool cards? I’m in!

  • http://mommythisandthat.com Melisa

    I have to admit, I don’t like getting the long letter about what a family has done all year. Thankfully we only know 2 families that do that! I can’t remember when I began sending out cards but I have always enjoyed it and usually mailed my cards out the day after Thanksgiving.

    This year…we will see.

    • Anonymous

      I kind of like getting the letter because it gives my husband and I something to gossip about over dinner. We, however, vow never to do a letter of our own.

  • http://www.loulousviews.com Loukia

    Oh, I used to be against all those things too… the photo card for Christmas? No, thank you… then last year? I sent out a photo card with pics of my boys on it. :) Love your pics!

    • Anonymous

      What can we say? We’re proud mamas. Have no clue how we’re going to get a good shot this year!! Thanks :)

  • http://www.mommyneedsavacation.com Rachel- Mommy Needs a Vacation

    I love Christmas cards, I am not going to lie! And thanks for the heads up about the free Shutterfly cards for bloggers! Totally hitting that link next. I love your Christmas photos through the years- you gotta do it again this year!!

  • Jo

    I am already seeing commercials for Christmas. Ugh.

    I hand made my cards until my middle son was about 3 yrs. old. Now I struggle to get a picture with FIVE of us plus the cat because the kids say, “But he’s part of our family!” Then the cards…oh the cards. Lord help me.

  • Anonymous

    This is my first year of doing the Christmas photo card, and I’m absolutely using Shutterfly. And your pictures are SO ADORABLE! That little man of yours is too cute. Sorry I’ve not been by in a LOOOOOONNNGG time…I’ve been pregnant and lazy. Oh, and there’s been total chaos going on with my in-laws. But hey, I’m back! You look fantastic and I love the new look of the blog, lady!

  • http://breathofella.blogspot.com Ella

    I have never done Christmas cards.

    Maybe I should.. Although, I’m not sure people care enough to hear about my dull life.

    hmm…