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I have a confession to make.

I never took my Christmas cards down from last year. They’re still hanging up on the wall!

It’s partly because I’m lazy, but mostly because I hate taking down my Christmas decorations. I love everything about the holiday season, and one of my favorite traditions has be to giving and receiving Christmas cards. They make me feel so loved every time I look at them.

So this year, I got to feel a little Christmas cheer all year long. Plus, they’ve made quite the conversation starter whenever someone new comes to my house. “Ummm, do you know you still have your Christmas cards up? And it’s August?!?”

But hey — at long last, they’re finally back in season!

I also go to great effort to pick out the *perfect* Christmas card each year.

Last year, I belabored over our Christmas photo cards for many hours, and created many versions before I decided to create my own design & message. Then I made a bunch of different tweaks and proudly called Tony over and asked him to choose which one he liked best.  He looked at me with a look that said “Are you crazy? Who cares! You spent how much time doing this?!?! Just choose one!” I think in the end he grunted and pointed with his eyes closed. ;)

This year, I’m loving Shutterfly’s holiday cards. I’ve been stalking their website looking for the perfect photo card, and I think I’ve found a few contenders.

I love the retro look of the Wonder Trees Noir Christmas card. If I had a family photo to display, this is probably the card I would go with.

I particularly like the simplicity of the Hopeful Holiday LIVESTRONG folded holiday card. I like the contrast of the yellow lettering, and the room for an additional photo and a customized message inside. (Do you think Tony would have posed for pictures of us frolicking on the beach??)

Are you seeing a trend? I seem to be drawn to the black and white, more modern cards this year.

I do think the Snow Flurries Cocoa Holiday Card nicely compliments our recent Hawaii photos. Plus I just love the magenta and brown color combo. What do you think?

I think I found my favorite design, and it’s not one of the above, but you’ll just have to wait until Christmas to see the final product ;)

These are just the tip of the iceburg. With over 274 different holiday cards, Shutterfly has quite the selection, with designs and color schemes to please everyone (including the non-traditionalists like me!)

Do you want 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly? If you’re a blogger, you can click here to get information about how to get 50 free 5×7 holiday cards this season.

3 Responses to “Shutterfly Holiday Cards + How to Get 50 Free Cards”

  1. Janelle says:

    I spent at least a couple hours looking through the hundreds of Costco Christmas card designs before I picked mine. :) These are big decisions! If you have a Costco membership, they are on sale right now $11 for 50 cards (no shipping fee) and you get four 2011 calendars free! Can’t beat that! My Christmas cards are already sealed and waiting to be mailed.

  2. Heather says:

    It is a big decision! Especially when your card may end up on someone’s wall for a year ;)

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