Season’s Greetings … What’s YOUR Style?

Do you send an annual Christmas card? How about a family newsletter? Perhaps you do both … or neither. It seems everyone has a different approach (and a different opinion) when it comes to sending holiday greetings.

My personal choice, which has been true for as long as I’ve been a parent, has been to send some kind of year-end summary to our friends and family members along with a more traditional card. I’m not much of a letter-writer and oftentimes, this is the only time many of these people hear much from us during the year.

Some years this has been a fairly straightforward letter, but being the scrapbooking/creative-type, most of the time this letter becomes a much more elaborate endeavor. (Of course, part of the need for creativity stems from the fact that I also tend to be the wordy type, so it’s a challenge to fit everything on one page!!)

During my time as a newspaper reporter, our family letter took the form of, you guessed it, the front page of a newspaper. Another year I wrote the entire letter through the eyes of one of my kids.

In 2007, our letter was fairly traditional looking. I think I must have been a bit time-crunched that season…

The next year, I was in full scrapbooking mode. Can you tell?

And then last year it looked like this…

I haven’t decided yet how I want to do our letter this year, so I spent a little time poking around the galleries to see if anyone else had shared their Christmas letters.

I love that scrapbookers can extend their hobby beyond their albums, like this gal did with her family’s letter…

"Christmas Letter" by Ace's Wild

"Christmas Letter" by Ace's Wild

And I found our very own Calendar Girl Rebecca’s Kuchenbecker’s approach very clever as well. She did her holiday card/letter like this…

"Christmas Letter" by MamaBee

"Christmas Letter" by MamaBee

But then she made a second version to go in her scrapbook album…

"Christmas Letter" (Scrapbook Version) by MamaBee

"Christmas Letter" (Scrapbook Version) by MamaBee

I love that idea! What better way to capture a year’s worth of memories than saving and/or re-purposing our family newsletters?

How about you? What’s your approach to holiday greetings? Just for fun, click on the button below that best describes what you do … and then if you’d like, I’d love for you to share a few thoughts or a link to a favorite card or letter through the comment section below!!

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Comments

  1. Smbradford says:

    I usually just do a photocard using a template from Walgreens or Walmart. This year I’ve been learning a bit about digital scrapbooking and decided to try my hand at making my own card. You can see the blog post here: http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2010/11/delving-into-digital.html

    I have also made a layout, in the past, using my Christmas card. You can see that post here: http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2010/02/pretty-as-picture.html

    Thanks for looking!

  2. Smbradford says:

    I usually just do a photocard using a template from Walgreens or Walmart. This year I’ve been learning a bit about digital scrapbooking and decided to try my hand at making my own card. You can see the blog post here: http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2010/11/delving-into-digital.html

    I have also made a layout, in the past, using my Christmas card. You can see that post here: http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2010/02/pretty-as-picture.html

    Thanks for looking!

    • That’s so funny… I’ve had my eye on that exact card you did for this year ever since I first saw it on Shutterfly! I think it’d be great inspiration for a scrapbook page too! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  3. ava-j says:

    Hi Kristin, I love your post. I’ve never made a newsletter or a christmas card to send to family and friends beofre…so this might be my first! thank you for the inspiration! :)
    I loved your “scrapbooked” newletter a lot, the colored tabs were awesome. :)

  4. ava-j says:

    Hi Kristin, I love your post. I’ve never made a newsletter or a christmas card to send to family and friends beofre…so this might be my first! thank you for the inspiration! :)
    I loved your “scrapbooked” newletter a lot, the colored tabs were awesome. :)

  5. ava-j says:

    Hi Kristin, I love your post. I’ve never made a newsletter or a christmas card to send to family and friends beofre…so this might be my first! thank you for the inspiration! :)
    I loved your “scrapbooked” newletter a lot, the colored tabs were awesome. :)

  6. ava-j says:

    Hi Kristin, I love your post. I’ve never made a newsletter or a christmas card to send to family and friends beofre…so this might be my first! thank you for the inspiration! :)
    I loved your “scrapbooked” newletter a lot, the colored tabs were awesome. :)

  7. Keira says:

    I thought about doing a letter this year, trying to incorporate my digi scrap skills and I think now I will for sure do it. We live so far away from all our family that I think it would be nice to give them a more detailed idea of how our lifes been the last year than what I could write in a store bought Christmas card.

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