The Christmas Season would not be the same without them lined up along the mantle, strung up along the wall or stood on top of the TV. In fact, for many folks, the yearly Christmas card it is the only time of year they hear from old friends and distant relatives. Although you may not like to admit to it, a Christmas card is the only news that many of your friends and family get from you over the year. We are all busy individuals and time has a habit of disappearing before we even realise. Christmas cards are somehow the one bit of writing on the list of communication “to do” list that we actually get done. For that reason, it is good to make them unique. With just a little time and creativity, you can send out treasured, eye-catching and heart warming unique Christmas cards this year.
One common practice and a great idea for individualizing Christmas cards is to include a family photo. The recipients gaze long and hard at those photos, trying to figure out how you and especially your children have changed so much. To make your Christmas cards truly unique, try experimenting with those family photos.
Instead of dressing up and making a visit to the photographer, look through the candid shots you have taken. They are often more natural and show your family as they really are. Maybe you ride horses or bicycles. You probably have pictures of your kids at the zoo or playing basketball. You might have a vacation picture of your family together, but you might just want to reprint and put pictures of individuals together. The mixed and matched photos will give the impression of a patchwork quilt, full of memories and love. The cards can be quickly printed in order to make as many copies as you need.
If you have a little more time, the collage idea can be taken to a different level. You probably have stashed away somewhere, all of the Christmas cards you have received for the last couple of years. If so, pull those out and start looking through them. You will get one more chance to relive them, but then be ready to tell them goodbye.
Cutting up the cards and reassembling them will create beautiful and unique patterns. Glue the random pieces to a stiff piece of paper and you will be inventing new designs and patterns to suit your own taste. To finish these cards off, you can add photographs or trinkets to the outside. If you can find big enough envelopes, you will not even have to keep the chunks of old cards within the confines of a traditional card shape. Let your imagination run wild. These cards will definitely stand out of the row along the top of someone’s television.
When the work of constructing the outside is done, a truly unique card will have your inscription on its inside, instead of one from the greeting card company. Do not be afraid to write things that you really think and feel instead of the traditional Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Instead, use your sense of humor and let the real you shine through. Have your family help you too. The more personality you stuff into those cards, the better. It may require more time and effort than usual, but your work will be worth it. With your homemade cards, you may just spark some effort on the other end as well. In return, you might see some traditional letters and more frequent information from your loved ones.
You may not look forward to choosing Christmas cards when you look at the huge selection at the local department or greeting card store. There are so many to choose from, and yet they all seem the same. You have been looking at cards long enough that the sentiment in them is hardly personal and even far from relevant to your own personality.
Instead of buying a package of Christmas cards this year, try making your own. Starting with the couple of ideas here, you will be able to think of many more to individualize your handiwork. It is guaranteed that no one will have seen anything like them before. You will get a smile, maybe a chuckle, and even possibly a letter in return.