4 Fun Photo Ideas for the BEST Holiday Cards #HolidayCardPhotos

 This is a sponsored post through Global Influence. All opinions are mine.
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I love the idea of sending Christmas cards. While it’s true that I love the idea of sending Christmas cards, in reality they usually end up being New Year’s cards by the time I’ve actually sent them to my intended loved ones. Keepin’it real y’all, keepin.it.real.   This is why my favorite cards to send and receive are photo cards. Laughter and merriment are not holiday specific which seems to best fit my mailing timeline. I also keep every photo card we’ve gotten through the years because I love seeing my friends faces as we unpack out our holiday decor. If you have happened to send a particularly fun photo it may get to stay out all year- feel free to take this as a challenge.

Christmas 2006 smile

The photo above is an old one of ours ( circa 2006) and not perfect in any way. That’s what made it my favorite that year. It was the real us. The “real” that comes through when you spend time with us. Through all of the perfectly posed frames during our photo session, this one was my favorite because it showed who we really were at that season of our lives. I encourage you to send cards that reflect who you are or something that is important to you. Maybe its quirky or off beat but your loved ones will get it and it will warm their hearts across the miles or even just across the street.

Now that I’ve got you all “pep talked” into creating the BEST holiday cards ever, here to help are some great ways to help you capture the photo and make it fun.

4 Fun Photo Ideas for the BEST Holiday Cards

#1 Baby It’s Cold Outside ( or maybe it’s not…)

Believe it or not there is a majority of the country that never sees snow in the winter. Your snowless friends love seeing pics of all that fluffy white stuff! Take your holiday pic outside. Have a snowball fight, build a snowman, or just enjoy the snow falling around you.

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If you do live in the parts of the county that never see a flake,  you aren’t left out. Pair your bikinis with some Santa hats and head to the beach. No matter where you live get outside and include your surroundings in your photos.

Family in santa hats on beach, new year and christmas holiday

#2 Laughing all the way

There is something about seeing others laugh that lifts our spirits too. Let your family get a little silly and just start snapping pictures. There is bound to be at least one that makes you erupt into laughter when you are looking at them after. Chances are that’s your prized shot.

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#3 Happy Howl-idays & Meow-y Christmas 

If you have furry family members ( no, I’m not talking about your Great Aunt Harriet), make them the holiday star this year. Cats, Dogs, Bunny,  maybe even your  hamster! Pets are a big part of your life so, let them take center stage on your holiday card. C’mon, just this once???

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#4 Oh, what Fun! -Add  Props!

Use fun holiday props to add interest to your photos! Think items you already have. Ornaments, bows, strings of lights, candy canes, mistletoe, Considering using that Frosty the snowman you build in the front yard or mugs of hot coco in your jammies around the fireplace. If you happen to have a Santa hat, reindeer nose, scarves and mittens work well for holiday props too!

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I can’t wait to see all the fun you guys have creating your holiday cards this year. In fact, I hope to see some of them in my mailbox! Whatever you do make it memorable and know that you really are sending a little bit of cheer with each Christmas card you write.

Happy Holidays Y’all!

This post was inspired by Paper Culture who offer eco-friendly personalized holiday cards and personalized gifts.

Simple (free!) DIY Ornament Storage Solution

Simple (free!) DIY Ornament Storage

DIY ornament storage

Guys, this is brilliant ornament storage solution. It is simple and it is also free. Two things I love!

(Confession: while I’m listing this as a Do-it-yourself, it really takes very little effort. You’ll see what I mean…..)

Are you ready???? Seriously. So brilliant.

  1. You will need to go to Costco ( that’s where I got mine) and buy some apples.
  2. Take the apples out.
  3. Save the plastic case they come in. ( you don’t even need to remove the label if you don’t want too) Wipe clean.
  4. Replace apples with ornaments  and store until 2014.

SEE??? Stupid simple. Also you are helping the environment. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

This comes in handy for us now because we all need all those apples to help detox from the holidays.

Brilliant.

All Aboard the POLAR EXPRESS!!

There are some Christmas events just not to be missed and this is one you will want to plan for & put on your calendars now!

All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS comes to life this holiday season as the Texas State Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket.

 

Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, THE POLAR EXPRESS magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip.

For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special POLAR EXPRESS gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!

Dates and Times
Nov 15-17, 22-24, 29-30
Dec 1, 4-8, 11-23, 26-29
3:45pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:10pm

Park Road 70, Palestine, TX

All Aboard the Polar Express is coming to the Texas State Railroad,

visit https://www.texasstaterr.com/polar-express/ or call 877-726-7245 to climb aboard.

Homemade Crayons : Making Christmas Beautiful

I love making fun things with the kids at Christmas… cut out Christmas cookies the kitchen covered in flour and the house smelling of sweetness….glittered adorned cards sent out to those we love….and lots and lots of popsicle sticks, foam stickers, pipe-cleaners and painted hand-prints crafted into ornaments, reindeer, and any other celebratory symbol of the holidays. This year as we were cleaning out the craft closet (yes we have an entire closet full of craft supplies…that’s another post) and noticing our abundance of crayons we decided to reinvent the Christmas craft.

We decided to take some old and broken things and make them new again.  Crayons. I cannot tell you how many crayons this family with 4 children and 2 former preschool teacher parents have accumulated!

We sorted out all our broken crayons from the ones that still had good life left and then sorted again by color and broke any larger pieces into smaller ones.
They weren’t always the same shade but as long as they were in he same color family it was fine.
 We preheated the oven to 350, then we got a silicone baking tray, ours were in the shape of snowflakes, and  places all the broken pieces in a section. After the oven was preheated we placed the silicone baking tray onto a metal sheet and popped them in the oven. Turn the oven down to 250 for about 10 minutes or until the crayons started to look a little soupy. Then we took them out. I stirred each section with a plastic knife to even out the color in each section. After they cooled a bit I stuck them in the freezer for another 30 minutes to harden.

After that we peeled them out of our snowflake mold and Ta-Da!! Snowflake Christmas crayons Super easy and so cute. Package these up with a cute bow and new coloring book and these would make cute stocking stuffer! What’s some of your favorite Christmas/Holiday crafts to do with your kids?