10.30.2011

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas: a giveaway!

{Comments have now been CLOSED and winners will be announced soon!}

When I envisioned sitting at the computer to write this post, I figured it would be at home, after George's bedtime, comfy in my pj's on the couch or at our kitchen table.  Little did I know, Mother Nature had other plans and decided to throw winter and thoughts of Christmas our way far sooner than usual. Meaning SNOW. On October 29th. In metro-New York. This was the scene in our house yesterday as the snow fell hard outside our window:
George, with nose pressed against this window exclaiming, "Snow!"  Yes buddy, snow.

So it is fitting that tonight, as I sit on a recliner at a relative's house (we are without power indefinitely due to said snow, but that's another story), my thoughts are turned to our 2011 Christmas cards..and yours! 

For the past three years, I have ordered our holiday cards from Shutterfly.com.  I use their photo printing services regularly and also love their cardstock stationery, so ordering for the holidays was a natural extension. This year, the early snow has me considering our card design much earlier than normal...and wondering if I'll be able to get a good shot sans snow! Here are a few of my favorites designs right now, all so different and a lot of appeal to all. This first design is so much fun and appropriate to all we have experienced this past year and are expecting for next...
This is a bit more classic, allowing for both a family shot and a single portrait of George...
And, a beautiful traditional design...
I'm not sure how I'll decide until I get the photos underway but, am confident I'll find a design that fits our family this year.  Our Christmas cards paired with custom thank you notes will add the perfect personal touch to our holiday.

So, where do YOUR cards come in?  Shutterfly is generously giving away 25 of their beautiful holiday cards to three, yes, three of my readers.  I'm so grateful and thrilled, and hope you are as well. 

Here's how you can win your very own set of 2011 holiday cards:

1) Leave me comment on this post telling me that you'd like to win a set of cards and your favorite part of the holiday season

That's all.  No catch, no running around linking up posts.  Just a simple givaway from Shutterfly and me, to you, just in time for the holidays.  Pass it along to your friends and good luck :)  Winner will be announced on Thursday, November 3rd.

Standard disclaimer: Shutterfly contacted me to offer this giveaway and I am receiving compensation in the form of our holiday cards.  I only blog about companies that I have worked with in the past and where I am happy with the products and/or services I have received.

11 comments:

Aurie{OurGoodLife} said...

How fun - I like the first card!! Very unique and different :)

Had plenty of snow in PA, but thankfully got home okay - and we ended up have damage to the trees in front of our house :(

New Mother to Lucas said...

Winning a set of holiday cards would be great! My husband and I had our first child in July, so this will be our son's first Christmas!

The best part of the holiday season is Christmas dinner with my in-laws. My husband's grandparents host it; his grandmother makes all the food except the fudge, which is made by his grandfather. When it's time to open presents, watch out! Everyone stockpiles their used wrapping paper to wad up and throw at each other. This year our son will get to experience this for the first time.

Sarah M. said...

I'd love to win some cards! My favorite part of the holiday season is watching my little guy open his gifts - so fun!

iykuykur said...

What a great thing to do Jen! With being away from all of our family (closest is 9 hour drive North from Atlanta) Christmas cards are always VERY important to me, but even more so this year. We usually get to travel to West Virginia for some part of the Christmas season but this year we will not, so I will not get to see the biggest part of our family. Sending Christmas cards out makes me feel like I am at home and I only hope that my cards bring smiles and joy to those who get them! So my best part of Christams is watching Kira have fun, enjoy learning the TRUE meaning of Christmas and just spending time with family!

Genyfer Moon-Morales said...

I am so excited about sending out Christmas cards this year. I've always loved Christmas, decorating the house, making cookies and spending time with my family and friends. This year I am especially happy because I get to spend Christmas with my new, beautiful son Samuel. I know he is too young to remember his first Christmas but it will be a year I always remember and I can't wait. My favorite part of Christmas would probably have to be seeing all the beautiful decorations.

nfaband said...

Love the traditional card, the design is fabulous. My favorite part of the holiday is the Christmas Music that I play throughout the days and the candles we light on the mantle at night. Nothing can really make me feel closer to my memories from the past which mean so much to me especially now that my mom and dad are gone, it's also been wonderful passing these traditions on my my daughter.

Jes said...

ooh, i'm all for free cards! :) Christmas is always my favorite time of year, but with Olivia's second birthday mixed right in, it makes the holiday season that much more exciting! i love those card designs, i'm off to check out their other options. hope your power comes back on soon!

Lindsey M. said...

I also love the holiday cards from Shutterfly and get them from there each year. I'd LOVE to win a free set for this year! I love so many things about the holiday season, but most of all I love the traditions... and enjoying them with your family for each year. For us, these include trips to NYC to see the tree, putting up our tree, baking x-mas cookies, etc.

Sounds like life to me said...

I would love to win cards because even though I always have ever good intention of sending out homemade ones I always run out of time. My favorite thing about the holiday season is the time that is spent with famuly that is not always seen

Amanda said...

I would love to win a set of holiday cards. My husband and I have never sent them out but decided that this year we would. After having our son in February we want to show his growth off to the family.

My favorite part of Christmas is seeing beautiful decorations everywhere and all the traditions. My family has a few but we will be adding some new ones for our son.

Tami said...

I would love to win a set of holiday cards!! Decorating the house while listening to Christmas music, the delicious food & getting snowed in with my family are a few of my favorites during the holidays!

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