Preparing Our Family Christmas Card

Now that Thanksgiving is over we’re on to Christmas…and it’s a race! This year it is coming quickly! My shopping is well underway but I need to start working on our annual McClelland family Christmas card.

This year Shutterfly is offering 50 FREE Christmas cards to bloggers! I just recently learned about this promotion from a fellow blogger. Check out this link and take advantage of their offer: http://bit.ly/sfly2010. You have to jump through a few hoops but I think it will be well worth it. I know it will certainly help our budget. Plus, I love Shutterfly!

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This will be our fourth Christmas to send out a Christmas Photo Card http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-photo-cards

Each year I have ambitions of including a Christmas letter but the flurry of the season always keeps me from taking the time to sit down and actually write it. I think that sending a picture on a photo card to family and friends is a great alternative.

Shutterfly has lots of beautiful designs to choose from. I have my eye on this one here (insert Mac):


I also enjoy creating Shutterfly’s photo books (http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books). I did this last year as a meaningful part of my husband’s Christmas present and it turned out really nice. This year, I am planning to work on a photo book to document Mac’s first year of life. For me it’s way more fun to play around on the computer designing pages, pictures, and text than scrapbooking. Now, if I can only fit this into my schedule over the next four weeks!

Shutterfly also does wall calendars (http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars) which are a good way to share with family all of the memories of the months gone by. Hmmm…I wonder if I will be able to fit this in as a Christmas gift?

Okay, it’s time to hurry up and get started on your holiday card! http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/holiday-cards

And in the midst of all your many preparations for Christmas, above all, I pray you take time to prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ child.

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’

-Isaiah 2

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