November 30, 2010

A Holly Jolly Giveaway!

lenny resize{Leon’s Christmas Card pic from last year…yes, I send out pictures of my dog…just to a select few people}

I'm not really sure when the whole tradition of sending out a family picture with your Christmas cards started, but my family has always participated. When I was young, my mom would get my brother and I gussied up and take us to Deuel's, the local photography studio in my hometown, to have our Christmas card picture taken. I was responsible for smiling and sitting patiently while the friendly photog and staff attempted to coax a smile from my brother while he proceeded to scream bloody murder, pitch massive fits, pee himself, or barf on me (or any combination of those).

xmas11{don’t let this adorable face fool you…my bubbie could pitch one heck of a fit}

As we got older, the Christmas card picture evolved to feature our entire family. We've done every trendy pose under the sun....on a beach in all white and khaki, in front of a fireplace, in the front yard of our house in a pile of leaves, etc. Every year starting in about August, anytime a photo is being taken of us, it never fails that someone says "Let's try to look good...this could be the Christmas card!"

This year our picture was taken on a farm. It's a pretty decent shot (i.e. nobody's eyes are closed and all flies are zipped...I think). I was actually planning to participate in a promotion Shutterfly is doing for bloggers who post about its products in order to receive 50 free Holiday Cards. My mom and I were playing around on Shutterfly after Thanksgiving and we decided to go ahead and order the card we created on there. It was so easy to upload our image and complete our card that my mom didn't want to wait for the free promo code.

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Here are a couple of the cute options available to you on Shutterfly. Since we were so happy with the results of our card, I decided to post about it and share the love with one of you. All I have to do is upload a link from this post to Shutterfly and they will send me a promo code. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I'll select one winner for the 50 free cards. Any takers? I’ll try to get the code asap so you can create and order your free cards! The turnaround is pretty quick so you should have plenty of time!


  1. I literally snorted I was laughing so hard at the image of you sitting there patiently smiling and Will puking on you-gotta love the Shutterfly!

  2. You know Leon is N-o-e-l spelled backwards? HAA! This means he deserves to be on the card!!!! Please don't count me in the contest (I'm hoping to do the same promotion!) but I had to say that about Mr L!

    Oh - and yes, I'm going to be home for Christmas. I'll email you about that....

  3. Good morning from Tokyo!

    I wanted to drop a line letting you know that I've been thinking of you. I'm sorry I hadn't written sooner, but it's been a little hectic on this side of the world. My thoughts and prayers have been with you recently; so sorry for your loss.

    I hope this Christmas season brings you and your family much happiness!

    My best to you all...



  4. I've been so behind... usually I've already ordered and addressed my cards by this point, but I haven't even decided on them yet this year!

  5. I love the pic of your brother with his cabbage patch baby! Man I loved those things!

  6. I sign a few cards from me and my dog.

  7. I'd love to win! I just made my list and I definatly need to order more cards!

  8. Love the pic of cute. I'd be thrilled to win the cards and love the idea of the family photo. My family never would go for the idea (along with just about every other idea I

  9. what a generous giveaway. please enter me (:


  10. My DIL uses shutterfly all the time. She has calanders made every year. I would give her the prize!

  11. This giveaway is now closed....thanks to those who entered!

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