Our 2022 Minted Christmas cards

23 December 2022

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, friends! I wanted to pop in and share our Christmas card before the big day passes us by. As always, we chose a design from Minted, though this is the first year in 9 years (!) that they were not a gift! The PR gal I’ve always worked with has moved on, and I didn’t have it in me to complete the rigamarole (posting, custom codes, stories, reels!) they ask influencers to do these days :) Regardless, I never considered a card from another option – the quality is beautiful and the designs are perfect. Here’s what we chose this year!

I’ll confess that I felt a bit scattered when sending our card to print, and didn’t include the names and ages of our children, the year, a piece of scripture, or a few additional photos on the back as I usually do – yeesh. Of course, names and ages are on our accompanying newsletter, but I like to have them on the card, too, in case they get separated in posterity.

This year, we opted to use the photo we snapped on Easter in our backyard in lieu of a photo session. It was an expensive year (ahem, kitchen, I’m looking at you), and it just seemed to make sense to go with a beautiful photo we already had!

And then, of course, we tucked a copy of our 2022 newsletter into each envelope:

I am seriously considering moving to an old-school narrative newsletter on folded, white 8.5×11 printer paper next year. Thoughts?! Would you find it weird if you got one in the mail? These types of missives used to be ubiquitous in the cards my family received growing up, and I loved reading them. And I’d be following in a proud family tradition :)

Wishing everyone celebrating a wonderful, restful, joyful weekend! I’ll see you back here next week for my Best of 2022 and 2022 Year in Review posts.

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December 23, 2022 6:23 pm

Do the old school newsletter!!! I love getting them and they seem like such an good fit for you all.

Kelly Strawberry
December 24, 2022 9:04 am

I wrote an old-school letter to send this year but then after spending a couple hours writing it, I decided not to send it! Honestly, it just felt a bit weird knowing I get none of those in the mail and I wasn’t sure how receptive people would be. I say go for it! I did Christmas cards for the first five years we were married but stopped the year after having Cam because something just felt off about the current tradition (not to be judgmental towards it at all but something about it does not fit my personality). I’ve always really enjoyed your personal cards that accompanies the photo card. Also your grandma’s hilarious and sweet Christmas letter you shares with Articles Club totally makes me want to bring that tradition back! :) “I’m not yet rich but I am getting famous.” Lololol

December 24, 2022 11:57 am

I love Christmas letters of all forms and types! Basically, I like everything about Christmas cards and updates. :) So I say, yes, go for it!!! :) Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

December 24, 2022 1:44 pm

I love your current newsletter format! It’s short, sweet, concise, and appealing to look at, unlike traditional letters.

December 24, 2022 1:45 pm

I have one friend who still writes an old-fashioned Christmas newsletter and look forward to receiving it every year!

December 25, 2022 11:45 pm

We chose the exact same card! Colors and all!! I knew we were kindred spirits:) I did a mini photo story on the back this year and I didn’t expect getting sooo many messages saying how much they loved it! So, I‘m thinking I‘ll stick to that from now on. An old school newsletter sounds so good too!

December 27, 2022 2:57 pm

For many years I did a full or half page newsletter detailing all our travels for the year, milestones for the kids and updates on my husband’s and my jobs/hobbies. The last 2 years I’ve condensed it to a paragraph on the back of our christmas card. I do enjoy the updates others send (I only get a couple!) as many people I swap cards with I do not see often and I do not spend a lot of time on Facebook keeping up. One tradition that I do enjoy is using a collage of pictures throughout the year – our Halloween costumes, snow forts, beach vacations, soccer moves etc. I think it tells a story about our year and our kids without words! The last two years I’ve also included a small insert with my 10 favorite books of the year to anyone I think would enjoy them. I send about 55 cards every year, though I have been receiving fewer each year. I don’t know if I’ve been dropped from people’s lists or not as many people are sending cards!

December 27, 2022 9:43 pm

I love family newsletters! I send one every year and I’m always delighted to get one–though I don’t get many from my generation. It’s a loss. I have a binder of my grandma’s letters over the years and they are the best family archive.

December 31, 2022 3:28 pm

My family still sends an old-school letter every year even as we move out and get married. When I turned 21, my mom made me a scrapbook of all of the letters thus far and accompanying photos of me at each age :)