Season's Greetings

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas! I scheduled this post last week so I didn't fall behind on blogging during the holidays. So don't worry, I'm not tucked away in a corner writing this post on Christmas morning. I'm most likely at my grandparent's house right now, enjoying my uncle's traditional Christmas morning bloody mary and my mom's homemade cinnamon rolls while our dinner preparations have already begun and family members hurry off to Christmas mass.

I love holiday cards, handwritten notes, and receiving mail so I try every year to send out holiday cards to our friends and family. I thought it would be fun today to look back on our holiday card designs from the past few years. Before getting married, I used to send my own cards with Aurora. The year Keith and I got married, 2011, was an easy design because we had gorgeous wedding photos to share. This is, and will probably always be, one of my all-time favorite Christmas cards. In the future, I want to print copies of our cards (at least the first five years) and frame them. I printed this card as a 5"x7" card through Shutterfly and sent copies to everyone we had invited to our wedding.

Our holiday card, 2011

Our holiday card, 2011

I planned our 2012 holiday card design in advance and borrowed my sister's camera for our one-year anniversary celebration back in Marfa (where we got married). We set up the camera on a tripod, brought a pennant that had been at our sweetheart table, and took tons of fun photos in the middle of downtown and on train tracks just outside of town. My father-in-law took a bunch of photos of our pups so we could include them on last year's card. I designed and printed this one through Shutterfly too.

Our holiday card, 2012

Our holiday card, 2012

This year my sister actually took our photos the week of Thanksgiving in New Braunfels. Along with hers, I included images from a weekend we spent baking and from one of the two half-marathons we ran. I thought it would be fun to design an infographic card this year about how we spent 2013. I designed the card in Photoshop and InDesign and then printed through Kinko's.

Our holiday card, 2013

Our holiday card, 2013

This will definitely be my last time using Kinko's for holiday cards since I wasn't especially impressed by the quality and had to re-cut all 60 cards myself at home since they weren't sized properly. I did have a lot of fun with the infographic though, so next year I might spend a little more money and print through a different website that will let you do more customized designs than Shutterfly but print the same high quality. I also hope we can get pictures of the pups again next year so they can be included on the family card. I'd love to do some photos with the four of us, but I have a feeling trying to get a good photo with the pups staying still and us smiling, will probably be nearly impossible.

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas today and enjoy plenty of eggnog, sugar cookies and time with your family and friends. Merry Christmas!