A Christmas Card has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love sending them. I love receiving them. I love them hanging up in my home. My husband has tried to convince me for several years to skip the card and instead post a picture to Facebook and say “Merry Christmas.” I think this is his frugal attempt to save the $$$ I spend on my card?! but it’s just too special to me.
For me, the card starts with picking a theme that then translates into a location, outfits, the overall look of the card, etc.
In the future, I plan to get more creative with our card because you can only do “traditional” so many times. I knew this year, I wanted a traditional card, a red and green aesthetic and to include a bump shot to showcase our growing family. Anthony’s one request was that we have a different background than the typical greenery/park I normally choose (whatever lol).
Before I share our card and photos, you’ve got to read what I called the “Lococo Christmas Card Chronicles” because our card this year could have turned out to be a disaster.
LOCOCO CHRISTMAS CARD CHRONICLES…
I am all about the details when it comes to sending actual mail and I am a sucker for a photo stamp. You really get ripped off buying photo stamps but I can’t ever resist seeing Leo’s precious face on the front of the envelope. I was in a rush to place our order for our holiday cards and photo stamps. I did so the night before we left for Aspen but I got it done.
Everything arrived the day after we got back from our trip. I quickly stuffed the envelopes and put on the stamps. As I was stuffing them, Anthony said to me, “wow… stamps went down in price?!” This is what you get for not paying attention to your husband because I remember hearing that but I just kept on doing what I was doing. We mailed the cards the next morning.
Well, a few days later, I saw some leftover stamps and noticed the 35 cent postage. Oh my gosh! I mistakenly bought 35 cent stamps and mailed them.
I researched what happens in that case – 1) they’re returned to sender or 2) they’re delivered to the recipients except the recipient receives a notice saying “you have mail to pick up at the post office that requires additional postage”
I joked with Anthony and said, “I pray someone at the post office sees Leo’s adorable face on that 35 cent postage stamp and just sends it though.” Prayers answered because that is exactly what happened! I am so thankful they made it to their destinations.
All photos by our amazing photographer and friend Jennifer Mathews
2018 CHRISTMAS CARD
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And, to leave you with a real life shot of what taking Christmas card photos with a toddler is actually like…