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7 Unique Ideas for Photo Christmas Cards

Every year your friends, family, and neighbors eagerly await your Christmas photo cards. How can you make your Christmas card better and original this year? What follows is a list of seven ideas that will make your photo Christmas cards really special this year.

1) Black and white photographs can yield impressive results. A number of digital cameras offer you the option to take black and white photos. You can also use your photo-editing program to transform a color picture into a grayscale one. Most of the photo card businesses will help you without an extra cost if you do not know how to do this yourself.

2) The more people, the better. This holiday season, think about including more than just your children in your photo Christmas cards. Make sure you include yourself in the photo, too! My uncle once told me that, although he looked forward to getting a picture of my children each holiday season, he would also appreciate seeing a photograph of us as well. Get everyone in the family together, even the family pets. If you're lucky enough to attend a family gathering with the extended family, consider using a photo of the whole group.

3) When you go on vacation, bring along a Santa hat. No matter where you're headed (the beach, the city, pumpkin picking) bring along some holiday props, like stockings or ornaments. On your next family trip, take some photos where everyone is holding or wearing Christmas items for a funny and different holiday photo.

4) Show off everyone's personality. Posing your children and photographing them all cleaned up and in their nicest clothing is not really reflective of their personalities. To make your photo Christmas cards more interesting, use candid photos that capture your kids at their favorite activities. Or have them pose with different items that are reflective of their hobbies and activities.

5) Create a scrapbook page. If you feel creative, make a collage of several photos with your message on a holiday-themed background and then scan or photograph it to use as a photo Christmas card. Most photo card companies use 4 x 6 inch cards, so if you trim a standard 12 x 12 inch scrapbook page to 12 X 8, you can use it as the background for your photo layout.

6) Use embellishments to enhance it. If you've already ordered standard photo cards, it's not too late to make them more exciting. The scrapbooking section of your local craft supply store will have small items you can use to embellish your cards, like bows, ribbons, and other festive items. These embellishments are meant to fit in a scrapbook, so they are flat enough to fit in the envelope after being glued to a card.

7) Do some comparison shopping. The internet is packed with photo Christmas card companies that offer unique or personalized cards. There are also cards that allow you to use several photos, so you don't have to agonize over which one to choose. Or they can pop your photo into the outline of an ornament, tree, or other holiday shape. Several companies will allow you to create a personal greeting, giving you plenty of different options. Do some looking around since there is a wide range of prices.

Be a little daring and get creative with your photo Christmas cards this holiday season. Be creative, and your photo Christmas cards will really make an impression.

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