Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Cards

I love Christmas cards.

My family has always received lots of Christmas cards in the mail. Starting as early as Thanksgiving and trickling in even until after the New Year. My mom has always kept them in a basket on the coffee table, adding new ones on top as they come in. I love going through them - seeing the photos of people I haven't seen in awhile, reading the long update letters, admiring the designs and colors.

While Christmas cards - or even a mail system, for that matter - aren't really a thing in Bolivia, I've still enjoyed looking at the hundreds of templates and designs offered by places like Shutterfly. My favorites from this year's selection are:

"Joy & Magic"
...because it is just so classy! I love the green and black together. It's not the traditional red and green, but still looks plenty Christmas-y. I think this card is beautiful.

"Family Frame"
...because it's simple and leaves plenty of room for the photo. I love the winter-ish shade of blue and the fact the photo fills most of the card.

and "Faith Hope Family"
...because it allows for several photos and includes a Bible reference. I think it's nice to have that reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. And the colors on this one are lovely too - subdued, but festive.

Of course those are just three of MANY more Shutterfly holiday cards!

To my readers that are also bloggers - did you know you could get 50 free holidays cards from Shutterfly just by blogging about it? Quite a nice deal if you ask me! :)

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?
    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.
    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.
    For all this I would ask you one small favour:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Bolivia? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Bolivia in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:
    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39 Bajo C
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)
    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com, where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.
    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez