Can you smell it in the air? The sweet scent of pumpkin spice mixed with the earthy odor of fallen leaves. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the holiday season! Sure, I complain about the Christmas displays going up in stores before Halloween is even over, but underneath my crusty scrooge-like exterior, I’m really just an old romantic softie. Shhh. It’ll be our secret?
All year long I write about the latest technology, and my next blog will likely be about the iPhone 4s I ordered (written entirely using the Siri application)… but do you know what? I still love the nostalgia of this wonderful season! I love the sights, the sounds and the smells. I even love the gift catalogs that come in the mail. And even more than that, I love the CARDS!
There is something special about getting mail. I know that goes against my whole technocentric approach to the world, but I admit it; no “you’ve got mail” voice on my computer or phone will ever replace the old fashioned, nostalgic joy of receiving a card or a letter from friends and family. And if there are pictures included, I love it even more! Don’t you?
Many of my friends live far away now, and ever since we all started getting married, my favorite Christmas Cards are the ones with photos, like these from Shutterfly. At first the cards were a picture of a friend, their spouse and a dog or cat (being tortured with a silly hat on its head), but now I watch their kids grow up via these cards each year.
Sure I keep up with them on Facebook, but you can’t stick Facebook on your fridge. Ours is covered with photo cards. There’s something else from Shutterfly that I was really surprised how much I loved. It’s their Photo Books! I’m looking at one right now on the bookshelf opposite my desk that my wife made up from our wedding photos.
She customized (and said it was really simple and fun) books for the immediate family, complete with captions and cool formatting, as a thank you gift after the wedding. This year I’m planning to make some up with photos of my little girl, to give to the grandparents. Yes, they are on Facebook, too, but these books are wicked cool gifts.
Oh, and don’t go sending your cards out this year with the freebie labels some charity you didn’t even donate to sent you in the mail! Take a look at all the wonderful mailing labels Shutterfly has that you can customize for every occasion… you can even put your own photos on them.
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