11.01.2011

Free Christmas Cards from Shutterfly - For You and Me!

I am normally not one to be thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving (I'd like to tell you it's because I'm all sentimental about Thanksgiving, but the truth is I'm just not that organized) but when I received the email with the opportunity to share Shutterfly's Christmas cards with some of you (and to receive 50 free cards again this year) I figured I'd go ahead and think about Christmas early this year.  (Yikes, how's that for a run-on sentence?)

Ahem.

I love me some technology and I love uploading my photos from my couch and having my cards arrive in the mail and Shuttefly allows just that.  I also love ordering Photo Gifts, like this mug I got for The Man for Christmas last year:




I also love Photo Books. Switching from film to digital was of no help to me at first.  Instead of having tons of photos laying around everywhere, I just had tons of photos on my computer that I never did anything with.  Then, a couple of years ago, I started creating one photo book for each year with my favorites from the year.  It's a great way to keep our memories in an organized way and not have to stress about all of the photos I take without having a nice way to display them.  Photo books are my second favorite way to share photos, second only to a digital picture frame (that I don't yet have.  Hint. Hint. for The Man ;)).

I'm looking forward to creating our Christmas card this year, but I'm even more so looking forward to giving away 25 free cards to THREE of you!!!!

Yes, that's right, this year I not only get free cards, but I get to give free cards!  I can't tell you how excited I am about that (really!).

And I'm making it super easy to enter.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post sharing one Christmas memory or tradition that you remember from growing up or that you love to do each year still.

The contest will end at 9:00pm (EST) on Sunday, November 6, 2011. I will post the winners on Monday, November 7.

(Disclaimer: I am receiving 50 free cards for doing this post.  The 25 free cards that 3 different people will win are a free gift from Shutterfly as well.)

21 comments:

  1. Okay, this is the 3rd time I've tried to leave a comment! :)
    You've got some great ideas! I got a coupon from Tripadvisor for a free shutterfly trip book for writing reviews from our London trip; I just haven't had a chance to sit down and figure it all out!

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  2. That's awesome! I love Shutterfly! Snapfish is another good one, they do specials a lot like Shutterfly so if you ever need more photobooks or picture mugs. Also, photobooks are one of the greatest inventions. We got on for our wedding and love it! It makes scrapbooking something that even the most uncreative people (like me) can do!

    I have already gotten my Christmas cards this year (because I'm one of those crazy Christmas people) so I'm not entering. But everyone else should! They have such cute things and it's so easy! :)

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  3. My favorite memory that I have started with my family is...

    After church on Christmas Eve, which is my Dad's birthday that we spend at Japanese Hibachi (a great tradition too), we come home and throw out reindeer food. Noah yells, "Here reindeer, come, eat." Those poor reindeer are forgotten and they have to haul a Santa who has eaten WAY too many cookies!

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  4. My family's tradition growing up was to all gather in front of the tree and open presents in pajamas. Because we always went to the vigil Mass or Midnight Mass staying in pjs was never a problem.

    My husband and I have continued that tradition even though I have to sing for both Midnight Mass and 10 AM Mass. We just get up early and open our gifts while having the Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby Christmas Special playing in the background. Because it's just the two of us, it gives us enough time to eat breakfast, open gifts in pajamas and still get ready for church to celebrate Jesus' birthday again.

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  5. One of my favorite Christmas memories is helping my nephew open his stocking when he was probably about 3 or 4 years old. The look on his face as he pulled out all the goodies was priceless! He was just beyond the moon thrilled at the bubble bath he got!

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! I love me some free cards! :-)

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  6. Do I have to leave just one? I guess it would have to be putting up the tree and having all the family come over to enjoy each other's company!

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  7. Do I have to leave just one? I guess it would have to be putting up the tree and having all the family come over to enjoy each other's company!

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  8. Every single year when I was a kid, we went to my grandma's house on Christmas eve. We'd eat dinner, go to Mass, and then open our presents. On the way home my parents used to tell me to look for Rudolph's glowing nose in the sky. :)

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  9. I love that my dad still does the "no candy, just cash" stockings. Not because of the money he leaves in it for my siblings and myself, but just because we were always so tickled to get to them when we were little, he must remember and still loves to do it. He could easily have packed them away and been done with it, but he doesn't. I love my mom's peanut butter cups - homemade. My Turner will never know the sweetness. So sad. :(

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  10. I love shutterfly! We had a friend do our wedding photography so I made a wedding and honeymoon album on the site and really liked how I got to pick/plan the layout.

    I'll share a memory about my best Christmas present. I was a moody teenager all forclempt about no snow. My little sister (7 or 8yrs. at the time) hand cut tons of paper snowflakes, made me open them and we had a blizzard in the living room. So heartfelt! Still makes me cry when I retell it.

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  11. Favorite memory: One year I was serving Midnight Mass and so Charlie came along ~ we arrived to find the priest in a panic because someone had failed to arrange music, so on a moments notice Charlie got his Guitar and soloed music for the Mass.

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  12. Going to Midnight Mass! It's just the only thing that makes Christmas what it really is :)

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  13. So fun!!! Christmas Eve was my papa's (grandpa) birthday so we would all (6 aunt/uncle couples, and up to 18 grandkids) crowd in my nana and papa's house ate tooooons of food, opened presents and 'just were'. I love Christmas Eve, much more than Christmas Day :)

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  14. We would go to the midnight service and sing Silent Night holding candles. Still gives me chills...

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  15. Without a doubt our most wonderful memory was going to church for midnight candlight vigil on Christmas Eve. Then once we returned home we would start our meal whereby my father would roast sausages in our wood burning fireplace as well as chestnuts. We would sit around the table and eat and sip this hot drink made of wine and mulled apples. It was super. We got to open one present before heading to bed. That was my most fondest memory. I loved it - Christmas Eve was always my favorite. Now that my parents are so far away I miss that - but can continue the tradition now with my children! Love it.

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  16. My favorite Christmas memory is sitting in front of the Christmas tree drinking hot chocolate. I have a fireplace in this house this year and I can't wait to sit and look at my tree with a fire crackling!

    AS for Christmas traditions with our kids...we go to Grandma's (Craig's mom) every Christmas Eve after going to the Chiildren's Christmas Eve Mass. And we have casseroles, ham, and lots and lots and lots of cookies!

    Oooh, I hope we get some free cards! :)

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  17. Without a doubt our most wonderful memory was going to church for midnight candlight vigil on Christmas Eve. Then once we returned home we would start our meal whereby my father would roast sausages in our wood burning fireplace as well as chestnuts. We would sit around the table and eat and sip this hot drink made of wine and mulled apples. It was super. We got to open one present before heading to bed. That was my most fondest memory. I loved it - Christmas Eve was always my favorite. Now that my parents are so far away I miss that - but can continue the tradition now with my children! Love it.

    had to repost - email wasn't captured.

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  18. So one of my favorite memories/traditions from growing up is... My dad playing Lune music REALLY loud in the morning to wake up the teen/pre-teen kids on Christmas morning. Oh, you're not familiar with Lune music, well... it is recordings of Lunes (the birds) making their calls. My dad played it at max volume. It vibrated the house. LOL! This was when he and my Mom got tired of the teens sleeping in on Christmas morning. Now he just plays it during breakfast to make sure we're all awake. :-)

    Along more traditional memories: Having a roaring fire going on Christmas morning as we open our Christmas presents. We also stay in our PJs most of the day, until we absolutely have to get dressed-usually around lunchtime.

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  19. My favorIte Christmas memory is from when my brother and I were younger and we wanted to catch "Santa" delivering gifts. We made this whole plan called "operation Christmas" that included walkie talkies and a map we made of how the plan would happen. We practiced and waited and then we fell asleep and never went through with it. I will never forget that bonding experience with my younger brother. Those were the good ole days!

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  20. My dad's birthday is the 23rd so we always have a big prime rib dinner and then on the 24th is when we open all the family gifts. On Christmas, we attend mass. And now one of my children's birthday is the day after Christmas so we have four days of family-togetherness. It's grand.

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  21. I'd have to say my best Christmas memory would be when I was 15 and my dad came home from Iraq and I had no idea he was in town already. I was staying with my granny and when I got home I started to walk past the Christmas tree to my room and my dad had taken a huge box and wrapped it in wrapping paper and he was in it with a bow on his head. He looked so silly and he said Merry Christmas it had been a 7 or 8 month deployment and tears of joy filled my eyes that was absolutely the best Christmas I could have ever asked for, and now this December he will be coming home from Afghanistan I haven't seen him in 3 years because he was here in California while I was in Texas, its my turn to surprise him and at this homecoming he will be meeting his first grandchild natalie. I think this December and Christmas will be the best one yet! Goodluck to everyone I loved all your stories! Merry Christmas! God Bless!

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