I love receiving and sending Christmas cards, don't you? Even though it can sometimes become "one more thing" that makes us busy and crowds the true meaning of Christmas, I think there is something really special about it.
One thing I love to do is add a meaningful line from a Christmas carol to our cards every year. Like hymns, Christmas carols have some amazingly rich and meaningful lyrics. But because Christmas carols are so familiar to us - they're played in Starbucks, department stores, and elevators all over the world during this time of year - we often miss the richness of these lines. This year, we're going with this line from that oh-so-familiar carol "Joy to the World": "Let every heart prepare Him room." Again, with the "crowdedness" and busy-ness of Christmas, this is a prayer I have for Nick and me!
I've already made our card on Shutterfly, but I don't want to "reveal" it, so here are some of my other faves from that site that are on the "cheaper" side... (I like how you can put lots of pics in there!).
PS - Right now, Shutterfly is running a great sale! Combined with some great promos that they're doing, you can get a great deal on super cute Christmas cards (I'm talking really, really cheap)! You can also get wall calendars buy-one-get-one (BOGO) 1/2 off and Photobooks BOGO 1/2 off, both great Christmas gifts. The sale ends in a few days - on December 1. You can also get free shipping on orders over $25 with code SHIP25. AND...I also like their party invitations (is it sad that I'm already looking forward to/secretly planning Ellie's 1 year b-day party?).
PPS - Shutterfly is also doing a cool promotion for bloggers that I'm taking advantage of with this post. If you will write a blog entry about Shutterfly's cards, etc. you can receive 50 free Christmas cards! So, if you're a blogger - go for it!