A couple of days after we got home from that week on the beach, meaning, back at the end of August, I got an email from my husband, with the subject "Getting a jump on Christmas". In it, he attached a photo from the trip, marked up as a Christmas card. Since our tendency is to wait until after Thanksgiving before even thinking about Christmas cards, I was a little, shall we say, startled.
I'm not sure that this is going to be the card. I mean, Dude? Yeah, we know the Dude abides, but does he need a Christmas card?
I do love that Christmas cards have been so embraced by the digital on-demand printing thing. Years ago, I always bought Unicef cards. Occasionally, we've made cards with rubber stamps and glitter. But since the girl arrived nearly nine years ago, it's seemed de rigeur to do a photo card.
In a happy moment of synchronicity, about 30 seconds after I got the email from
the Dude my husband, I got an email from a card company - Minted - asking if I'd like to review their cards. I've not used Minted before, but I've seen and received their cards - like from other people last Christmas - and they're really nice. The design selection ranges from sweet to clever to fun to playful, you can put more than one photo on a card, and you can put a paragraph of "what we did this year" on the back if you want.
So one day soonish, before Thanksgiving but maybe after Halloween, we'll sit down and figure out a picture and a caption and we'll have Christmas cards, dude! Or is that Dude?
Hey - if you want to try Minted - I'm giving away a $50 gift certificate. Comment below, and I'll draw a name out of a hat. As ever, make sure your email address is in your comment or that you're properly signed in - you can't win if I can't get in touch with you. Comments close on Tuesday 9/25.
Disclosure: Minted gave me a gift certificate, which I'll use one day. The opinions are 100% mine.