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I’ve shared my tips for ordering family holiday cards in the past — but something we’ve never talked about is the various holiday card styles out there. What is yours (if any)?
A Few of the Main Family Holiday Card Styles
There are a few main holiday card styles I can think of right off the bat:
The collage of family photos. This is what we do (obviously). While we text the grandparents and uncle continually if there’s a particularly cute picture, I don’t tend to share a lot of photos of my kids on my personal Facebook page or other social media. So I feel like a collage of family photos works for us — you get to see a bit about our year, and there’s no pressure to get everyone smiling at the same time.
The family photo shoot. I have some friends who do this — they’re always lovely! I back away from these because, while it would be amazing to get all glammed up and take a photo, I can’t be bothered to find matching flannel / velvet / whatever outfits for the family — and my boys would totally whine at this interruption of their weekend screen time.
The ENTIRE family group photo. We have a few friends who’ve focused their holiday cards around photos of them, their parents, their siblings, and about 30 other people who I’m assuming are family. I’m happy they got to have a whole family reunion — but I always wonder if they send something else to family members that year since, presumably, they all already have that photo set.
The photographic story tellers. I have a few friends who do this, arranging photos in a way that takes you through the family’s year. It’s great — short, simple, friendly. This, of course, presumes you’ve had an eventful year and have not been COVID cautious hermits (like, er, us). (We’ve been venturing out a lot more since everyone is vaxxed and boosted, though.)
The newsletter writers. I love the newsletters! I tend to get them from distant family members, as well as writer friends who also travel a ton or take on fun projects. I will say that I think one page is enough for a family newsletter, but maybe that’s just me.
The creative souls. I’m sure there are other options here — the viral Holderness Christmas Jammy video comes to mind.
The crickets. You know your friends still EXIST… you just haven’t gotten anything from them in a long while. Maybe you’ve fallen off the holiday card list, maybe they got busy, or maybe they’ve decided holiday cards are stupid. Ah well! (If I still feel close to these people I keep them on our holiday card list anyway — but if not, I tend to remove them.)
The store bought holiday card people. I tend to think of these as something that accompanies a newsletter, OR as a “reactive card” — i.e., you sent them one and they feel like they have to send you something, so you get a store bought holiday card with, for example, a cardinal on it. (I actually fit in this category when I was single — and might return to it once the kids are grown — we’ll see!)
The artsy / homemade holiday card. I almost forgot about this one because I haven’t received a card like this in years — but sometimes people decide to turn their holiday card into a craft project, which inevitably looks lovely. Another version of this: using your child’s artwork.
Readers, what’s your holiday card style? Have you gone through several over the years?
Images via Shutterfly (2022 collection). Social media images (storebought white “Seasons Greetings” card on wood table, surrounded by snow-covered pinecones) via Stencil.