1…2…3—Quick, Everyone Look Happy!

Oh, holiday cards, you make our lives so difficult.

We have mentioned a time or two on this very blog how sending out the annual holiday card is more time-consuming and energy sucking for us than almost any other holiday tradition. You know how it goes:Β the inevitable bickering, the refusals to sit still, and the tears shed–by us and the kids.Β Sometimes it even feels like a punishment for being on Santa’s Naughty List.

This year was no exception.

World peace treaties have been negotiated more quickly than getting our children in coordinating outfits and coaxing them to actually look at the camera while smiling. What we’re saying, y’all, is that it’s a chore!

We have been fortunate enough here at The Dose of Reality to find an amazing local photographer who takes the stress of actually taking the pictures out of our hands. We are both on year two of using her, and our experiences have been nothing short of magical. It turns out she is so good, the biggest challenge for us again this year was actually choosing which photos would grace the card!

Hmmmmm…how about these?

Well, of course you’re still not actually done then. You still have to peruse a million online card stores to find just the right one that will hold the number of pictures you want, in the color scheme that you like, with the wording that you feel best about sending. Oh, and you would preferably like those cards not to cost the equivalent of a semester at college! Cue the frantic online search for the very best coupon code!

But, we did it! We prevailed and cards were created and ordered and stamped and mailed, and we sat back for about two minutes feeling really good about ourselves. Of course, then we had to get ourselves up and actually get to work on the gift list for the holiday. *sigh*

We promised way back in October that we’d be sure to show you our cards. We never break a promise!Β Of course we really wish we could send a card to every single reader we have. You guys have totally become important to us…even more important than the cousin’s ex-wife’s sister twice removed who somehow remains on our Christmas card list year after year. Except, we weren’t sure how to ask for your addresses without risking a restraining order and also, have you seen the cost of stamps these days?

So thanks to a fun link-up from The SITS Girls who we love so much, we are going to share our cards with you all right here!

(Just pretend you are now opening an envelope with a festive stamp that we stood in line for an hour to obtain).




Did you send holiday cards this year? Do your children love getting their picture taken and enjoy spending that extra time with each other? Tell us in the comments about your holiday card saga story!



1…2…3—Quick, Everyone Look Happy! — 63 Comments

  1. So cute! They turned out great. I am notoriously bad at dreaming up big plans for a holiday card each year and then forgetting until about the day before Christmas. One of these times I’ll remember to start working on them before Christmas Eve. My family & friends have come to expect that they’ll get one from us sometime around Easter πŸ™‚

    • You know what, you should totally make Easter cards a thing. Seriously, who couldn’t use a cheerful non-bill in their mailbox every April?? πŸ˜‰

  2. Love love the cards and the edification that I am not crazy re how I lose my holiday spirit over the card every year! I will be sure to share with William and give those gorgeous kids a big HUG from us.

    • You are totally not alone in your misery, my friend! Hug your sweet babies from us, too. Abby was just talking about William the other day! πŸ™‚

  3. Last year was the first year I sent out customized Christmas cards. The only reason I got them was due to a giveaway and I loved them. I was so proud of them and gave the first one to my mom, who had it right by her chair and constantly looked at it and showing it to everyone. She passed New Years Eve and I am forever grateful that I got to do that and she got to enjoy it. Merry Christmas your families are beautiful.

    • This comment totally made me cry. Last Christmas was my first Christmas without my mother, so I will be thinking of you this year.
      I love that you gave your mom such joy with that card. πŸ™‚

  4. Your cards are beautiful! I would really like to be organized enough one of these years to plan a custom card. Seeing all of the beautiful cards is inspiring me to try it – maybe next year! πŸ™‚

    • Do it Kim! You won’t be sorry…well, I mean you will be, temporarily, but then you will be happy when you actually have them! πŸ™‚

    • You totally have a week! You are definitely not late…in fact, I think most everyone is taking their time this year…or at least that is what I tell myself when I look at the lonely door of not very many cards displayed! πŸ˜‰

  5. Love the cards! Your kids (both of you) are just gorgeous!!! I did send out cards and am planning on posting it sometime this week. I cannot agree with you guys more…I feel like at the end of doing it, I should be 90lbs with how much sweat I lose getting them all dressed and then posed and then smiling. I always like to add candids but the kids are old enough to have an opinion and ours don’t always match. Then I finally pick out a card and when I go to pay, I have a mini stroke at how much they cost. It’s the same.every.year.

    • Yes. Exactly. The back of my card this year is actually a candid, because I like those, too! πŸ™‚ Lisa and I had so much more fun doing our cards last year, but this year we felt like total Grinches the whole time! πŸ˜‰

  6. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful!!!! BOTH cards are just precious!!! Gorgeous. We gave up on the whole card ordeal years ago… life is much easier without the burden of that project. I wish we could magically produce the mass beautiful holiday cards…but it’s so expensive and time consuming that after time I just let it go. Now we send an email card with Pictures…will probably post ours soon. It’s free and easy baby! THAT’S how we roll! LOL

    • Sold. Say no more. An email card with pictures totally works for us! Count us in on that plan for sure! πŸ˜‰ Genius.

  7. Beautiful! Our holiday card prominently featured the girls’ picture with Santa, which was either a disaster or a triumph, depending on how you feel about babies screaming on Santa’s lap. (I personally am a jerk who found it hilarious and had to also feature it on my Holiday Edition of Awesome Stuff on my Fridge.) Gorgeous photos, though, really! πŸ™‚

  8. Beautiful cards! I, too, get stressed out about the whole Christmas card thing. I used to try and get the kids AND the dogs in the photo. That never worked. (I have 2 kids and 3 dogs.) I was lucky to find a nice photo from September of my boys and just went with that. There’s no way I’d get a better one, so I cut my losses. Still took me forever to find the right layout. So glad they’ve been mailed! Thanks for sharing yours. πŸ™‚

    • Oh yeah, I can definitely speak for Lisa and say that if she was trying to get the dog in the picture, too, it would throw her straight over the edge! πŸ˜‰
      I say you made the right call. Totally.

  9. Great cards and gorgeous kids! I have to admit that I love to get the cards with the crazy photos of the kids fighting and the dogs knocking over the tree, etc., just as much – no, MORE! – than the ones with the perfectly angelic kids. The holidays are crazy, the cards may as well look like it too! πŸ™‚

  10. they look gorgeous! I send out photo cards every Christmas even before I had kids, but now it’s even more important to me since we live on the other side of the country and they grow so fast

    • I totally agree with you about sending out cards, especially to friends and family far away. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for visiting!

  11. Hi, visiting from SITS! Your kids are adorable and the card turned out looking great! I sent cards last year but didn’t do it this year, we sent wedding save the dates earlier this month so we’re excusing ourselves … 😑 I usually just pick up a pack of cards from the store and write a short message inside because I don’t feel right sending a picture of just us or us and our pets–we’re just not there! When we have kids I’ll totally feel comfortable doing a picture card.

    • You definitely get a pass this year Monique! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your wedding…that is very exciting and definitely something to celebrate this holiday season! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Lynn! Looks like you have inside knowledge of just how valuable the photographer really is! πŸ˜‰ So glad you stopped by! πŸ™‚

    • I hear you, totally on that on Anmarie! Honestly, we both said that if we had done our pictures in October we would have blown the whole off for sure! πŸ˜‰

  12. Last year I got lucky when the photographer at my sister’s wedding snapped a great photo that I knew would be our Christmas card. This year, I went for fun when I duct tapped my kids and tied them up with lights. Because it wasn’t “formal” they were glad to play along, but the true gift of my card this year; it arrived in the mail in CT on Saturday and I got several messages thanking me for the giving loved ones a much needed smile. πŸ™‚

    • First of all, your card this year sounds HILARIOUS!! I love those kinds of cards!
      Secondly, what a blessing for everyone who received it this weekend when they needed it most. πŸ™‚

  13. They both look awesome. We never make Christmas cards and get this.. my husband is a photographer! We literally have hundreds and thousands of gorgeous photos that he takes of the boys, and I just never get on it to get it done. Maybe next year…

    • This made me laugh out loud Robin! Something about the cobbler’s son having no shoes or anything, right?! πŸ˜‰

  14. {Kathy} Ok so I got a Christmas card shot—a spontaneous one that a stranger shot while we were all at a soccer game. It actually turned out very well. We all look “normal”, not very staged or dressed up and we all had smiles. I am proud of it this year. However, I didn’t order enough of them with the first order so 1/2 of mine are going to be “late”. Oh well.

    • The candid shot…LOVE IT!!! A good candid shot is worth 100 staged photos. That’s awesome!!

      I think if the card arrives before the kids go back to school it doesn’t count as late. It’s totally legit!!

  15. I usually LOVE getting the Christmas card made and send out around 200 of them! But this year I had so much on my plate that I decided to forego this annual tradition. I’m a little sad because I won’t have 2012 to leave in my girls memory boxes. But, perhaps I’ll send out Valentine’s Day cards instead. Your cards are GORGEOUS!

    • Oh, my…TWO HUNDRED!!! You rock. That is a ton of envelope stuffing and stamp patting. We’d have to take a year off every now and then if we had that many to do.

      The idea of a Valentine card…or some other card like that is ADORABLE!! Think of how surprised and happy it would make everyone!! Love it!!

  16. I dread sending cards. Or sending anything, really. But, seriously DREAD it. I can’t stand it so I just decided to skip it this year. Is that bad and non-Christmasy? And my family hates pictures. I happen to love them and I have major photo enjoy of the beautiful, magazine worthy family photos everyone else gets. So this year I asked for one thing from hubby…professional family photos. Guess what Momma’s getting January 4th. That’s right! Family photos. Outside. Magazine worthy, I hope.

    Love your cards, btw!

    • You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do! If skipping cards helped put a skip in your step…we give it a thumbs up!!!

      That is a great present!! We bet they will be TOTALLY magazine worthy! Yay!!

  17. Those are some cute cards!

    It gets a little harder each year to get my kids to hold still long enough for a pic by the tree… And it was a bit harder this year with the new puppy in the pic, but we managed! Merry Christmas!

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