For many years (up until Sydney's first Christmas, I think) I wrote a belabored Christmas newsletter that I painstakingly edited down to one page. It's funny actually, how I could come up with PAGES of information about what was going on in our lives pre-kids. It was a lot like blogging I suppose ... a bit narcissitic and involved a lot of navel-gazing and everyone prefers it when there are cute kids involved but I DIGRESS. Once I had something (or someONE) worth a Christmas newsletter? I was too tired and overtaxed to get it done. From there on out it's been a personalized photograph card, and even getting THOSE addressed and mailed in time is a bear.
This year I've been toying with the idea of doing a newsletter again, but the idea of sitting down at my computer for a few hours and banging something witty and actually interesting is still, well, overwhelming (and impossible, because my kids GO NUTS when I open my laptop). So! I've been checking out a lot of cool "bullet point" newsletter cards over at Shutterfly and I have to admit they are COOL! It's the right balance of photos and a few fun - and QUICK - updates about the year in the life of your family.
Just a few words about your year, updated photos, and a "Merry Christmas" wish, all-in-one. Sounds like a perfect Christmas card for us this year!
And now for the fun part, the giveaway! Just enter a comment on this post and tell me if you'll be sending out holiday cards this year (and if so what kind!) and you'll be entered to win $50 off an order of $50 or more* on Shutterfly.com for your holiday card order this year!! The drawing will close next Friday (Nov. 16) and soon after I'll announce a winner. Good luck!
Also, check out Shutterfly's special offers here. I don't know about YOUR family, but mine has come to expect an updated photo mug every year for Christmas. A personalized photo gift is the sure way to make Grandma cry happy tears under the Christmas tree, folks.
*The fine print: $50 off excludes tax and shipping & cannot be combined with any other promos and expires 12/14/2012 – no extensions.
This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. I received free product in exchange for this post, but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.