In a time before Facebook, annual holiday cards served as a way to communicate with loved ones living far away. A card with a family photo gave friends and family a peek into the sender’s life, serving as a yearly chronicle of how a family has grown and changed.
Today more than two billion holiday cards are sent out every year. They feature partners and children, pets and parents. And while people can send out pictures of their families to hundreds of followers with the click of a button, many continue to use holiday cards to showcase those they hold most dear.
Here are a few tips to ensure the holiday card you send out shows you and your family looking your best. After all, years from now, you don’t want to see your beloved family holiday card on a list of awkward family photos online.
The above photo is an example of what not to do. While embracing holiday dress can be a whimsical take on a traditional card, it’s probably a good idea not to torture your cat by shoving it into a matching Santa suit. Also, dial back the creepy on those facial expressions.
Here are a few more dos and don’ts:
Take the opportunity to dress your family in something snazzy and leave those Steelers jerseys at home.
Matching pajamas are big for the holidays, but if you want to be on trend, your everyday PJs won’t cut it.