Christmas Cards 2014

19 December 2014

Usually I like to make a fun little graphic showing how the voting on potential Christmas card designs panned out, since y’all are so generous to give us your opinions! This year, however, there was a landslide winner, and it was the favorite in our household, too…


We chose the Snowy Love and Joy card by Tuleppe from Minted. We don’t get too many flakes down South, and I just couldn’t resist adding a few flurries to our card!


Thanks again to our dear friend Meredith Perdue for this lovely photo of us! And thanks to Natalie and Joe for having a wedding in 2014 and making us look good :) (By the way – stay tuned for a peek at their celebration in January!)


I love creating our newsletter because it gives us a chance to look back on our year and share our favorite parts. Unsurprisingly, our California trip took pride of place in 2014!


Thanks to Minted, however, I feel like the scene stealer this year was the envelope! I LOVED their new designed options. Though I didn’t take advantage of their free (!) addressing service this year, I can guarantee you I will in the future!


Though I enjoy hand-addressing our envelopes at the moment, it’s not a deal breaker for me. There are two things, however, that are. First, it’s important to us that our Christmas cards are not all about us. We send them out at Christmas to share our joy at the birth of our Savior with the people we love the most, and we want to remind people of that in a personal way. That’s why we include a few thoughts on what Christmas means to us, and a favorite piece of scripture.

Second, I refuse to send cards out without a handwritten note. I know a lot of folks do so, and I can understand why, but I view our Christmas cards as a touchpoint for friends and family that I don’t get to see or talk to as much as I would like, and I want it to be a truly personal one. And don’t worry, I didn’t forget y’all :)


Hope you love them!

P.S. Our 2013 and 2012 Christmas cards

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December 19, 2014 11:36 am

These are lovely Emily!

December 19, 2014 1:37 pm

I love the way your cards turned out!

December 19, 2014 3:07 pm

Lovely. Just lovely. Thank you for an inspiring, informative and encouraging corner of the internet for another year. Merry Christmas Em xo
(PS. That green dress is stunning, a beautiful colour on you).

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December 23, 2014 9:58 am

You’ve really inspired me to start writing a little note on our cards from here on out.. this year I felt a sting of awkwardness every time I mailed a card without addressing the recipient and making them feel individually loved.. new tradition coming 2015! XO

December 29, 2014 11:13 pm

Love your card, especially your newsletter. What an awesome idea!!

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