12.12.2011

Our Christmas Card Tradition


The year before we got married, Jose and I made our first Christmas cards together, and since then we've been continuing the tradition every year. We usually wait until the last possible minute to come up with a concept and take the photos, but I have to say we do rather well for a short time frame and a self-timer. For our first year, 2007, we went with a goofy retro theme.


I remember laughing hysterically for most of that photo shoot, especially when we dunked our faces in whipped cream. That was our fanciest year, because we used three different options and had them completely custom made, which turned out to be waaaay expensive, so we've switched to more budget-friendly methods since then. The inside of the card read Wishing you a swell Christmas and a nifty New Year.


For 2008, we had gotten married a few months before, so we wore our wedding clothes. Sweeney made his first card appearance, and because he kept trying to escape, it was such a challenge to find a photo where he wasn't totally blurry. He does look pretty cute with his little Santa hat, though.


Lily joined the family early in 2009, so that year was his first card appearance. You can imagine how next to impossible it would be to get a decent shot like this with everyone in the frame, with the cats actually sitting still while being tangled in lights! So we had to be a little creative and put a few photos together for the final result. Jose's expression cracks me up, and Sweeney does not look amused.


Last year I offered to do an illustrated card, but Jose wanted to take a picture at the beach. However, the December weather had other plans, so I quickly put together this little family portrait. It was definitely easier than trying to wrangle unwilling cats into sitting still for the camera. What's in store for this year? You'll just have to wait and see! I will say that we found a pair of matching vests at the thrift shop last week.

14 comments:

  1. So cute and fun! I can't wait to see what you guys have in store for this year :)

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  2. All of these look like a lot of fun! Me and my husband didn't start doing the Christmas card thing until our third year of marriage, and now I'm thinking about of all of the opportunities we've missed! haha.
    Seriously, the cards are awesome. :)

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  3. Yesss, I love all of these! The Edward Scissorhands and Frankenstein/Bride ones you did a zillion years ago are amazing as well. (I still have them all). I can't wait to see this year's!

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  4. love love love! they are so funny and cute. i love sweeney in a hat!!

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  5. Haha so fabulous! They have so much personality, creativity and love captured in those photos and drawings. So inspiring :)
    xErin

    anodetoreverie.blogspot.com

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  6. I absolutely love these! The illustrated one is really incredible ^^

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  7. cutest things ever!!! i barely recognize you with your long brown hair! you are beautiful. it was so lovely to run in to you yesterday.
    eat a cupcake for me when you go next! ;)
    xo!
    j.

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  8. These are so great! I love the idea of changing it up each year. I always design/illustrate our cards but I think doing a photo would be fun next year. :) Can't wait to see this year's card!

    xo,
    melissa

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  9. I love them all! It's especially fun to see how you both change over the years just like kids in santa photos.

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  10. Oh gosh, these are all so cute!
    -Andi x

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  11. These are great! My husband and I are doing our first Christmas cards this year but have no idea what to do yet. These are definitely inspiring.

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  12. Such great photos and shoots you put together. Love seeing the progression over the years and the addition of new family members. Side note I have a friend named Sweeney.

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  13. This is so adorable! We don't do this in England, but I kinda wish we did after seeing these. I love love love your retro one x

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