My Terrible Christmas Card Pictures

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Christmas cards have always been hard for me.

Really hard.

I always envisioned having these perfect kids that would wear exactly what I wanted them to wear and pose exactly how I wanted them to pose and then I would send out the perfect Christmas picture every year – making the grandparents proud and causing everyone else to feel weak with envy.

Let me go ahead and show you how well that turned out.

This was the Christmas picture that we mailed to our family and friends in 2010…

Christmas Pic 2010

And – yes – that means that I took a bajillion pictures of the kids in their cute Christmas pajamas and this was the best one I got.

Let’s move on to 2011, shall we?

Matching pajamas again – and another kid. Perfect picture?

Christmas Pic 2011

Yes – you could say that we totally nailed that one.

But last year was the best of them all…

THIS is what we sent to our friends and family last year. As you can see, we went with a picture of the whole family.

Christmas Pic 2012

Yes – I’m not even kidding. We used that as our perfect Christmas card picture.

So this year…

I decided that it really was going to be the perfect picture. I gathered the kids. I set up a few poses. But then the phone rang, and while I was on the phone for all of 15 seconds, the baby tore off his pants and ate a marker.

Oh – and then he put on his Spiderman mask.

Christmas Pic 2013

You try telling a 2-year-old to take off his Spiderman mask and put on some pants.

Christmas Pic Option 2 2013

Without an obvious choice on the horizon, Even Steven and I decided to go old school. A beautiful, old-fashioned handwritten Christmas card – from our family to yours.


No pictures.

Just personal notes to our friends and family – getting back to the true spirit of Christmas.

But when I asked Even Steven if he would in fact help me WRITE those awesome, old fashioned Christmas cards – this is the face he made.

Even Steven

With no help in sight, I decided to skip out on Christmas cards altogether this year.

And then I came across Postable.

Postable is a really easy new way to send out lots of holiday cards. You just choose from their gorgeous designs, type in your message and they do the rest – from gathering your friends’ mailing addresses to licking the stamps and putting them in the mail.


It really is that simple.

Yesterday I sat down at my computer, uploaded my address book, chose my card design, wrote my letter, chose my handwriting font and clicked a button to send my cards.

Here’s what I didn’t have to do:

I didn’t have to try to coordinate outfits or find someone to take a picture of our family that would ultimately be terrible. I didn’t have to spend a fortune on photo cards, have them mailed to my house, write a personal greeting on all of them, address the envelopes, stuff the envelopes, seal the envelopes, wait in line at the post office for stamps, put a stamp on every envelope and then mail them.

In fact, I was even able to individually edit each card – so I could congratulate my friend Jessica on being pregnant with Baby #4 and tell my cousin that he has an ugly dog.

And, I was able to send a very sweet card to most of our family and friends – and an R-rated card to a select group of friends. (I’ll let you click here and see if you can find the R-rated card we’re sending.)

Here’s a quick video that pretty much sums everything up.

And here’s a nice little bonus. Now that I have my address book loaded in Postable, anytime I need to send a card – like a thank you card, or congratulations or happy birthday. It takes about three minutes to choose a card, write my message and have Postable do the rest for me.

Simplify your life!

Click here to check out Postable and get your holiday cards sent in about 30 minutes or less.

You won’t be disappointed!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


  1. thedoseofreality

    December 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Super cute idea! I will check it out for sure! Christmas cards always make me cry!

  2. Thersea

    December 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I’m sorry- but the pics of your children are HILARIOUS. If I got one of your cards/pics-I would leave it up all year round. Bahahahaha

  3. Michelle

    December 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I have to say that if I received those photos every year, I would be VERY disappointed in not getting one this year! They’re GREAT! Much nicer than the “perfect” ones! 🙂

  4. Jamy Vandergriff

    December 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    LOVE your blog. We used to live directly across the street from the NW jr. high….the big white house with pillars (It was beautiful then) My sister was in the same class with your mom/dad and I was in Bryon’s class. We were good neighborhood friends! You’re blog is GREAT! I love it! I find myself sharing it with my daughter who is about your age…and she cracks up too! Good job!!

  5. Parri (Her Royal Thighness)

    December 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you so much for making me laugh amidst a grueling work day. These pictures are HYSTERICAL, and while I’m thrilled that you found your solution in the convenience of Postable, I have to say, I love the imperfect family photos. They are so authentic. PRICELESS!

  6. Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    December 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I want to be on your Christmas card list. The end. Ellen

  7. Jenni K

    December 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Hilarious Christmas pictures! Your kids are really cute! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ashlee

    December 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I personally love the funny Christmas cards vs. the good ones. I have pictures this weekend for a Christmas card so hopefully all goes well!

  9. Tina

    December 21, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I have laughed at the last one for a solid 20 mins. You can see the marker on his face. Thanks for sharing … Love them all 🙂

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