Our Mini Family: How I Tricked My Husband into Taking our Christmas Card Photo


Dec 10, 2015

How I Tricked My Husband into Taking our Christmas Card Photo




Yay! It's officially Christmas card season! When I was younger, I never understood the whole card exchange ordeal; as an adolescent, I thought it was time-consuming, expensive, and a complete nuisance.  As I stand here today at twenty-six years young, I can tell you that sending and receiving Christmas cards is now one of my favorite parts of the holiday season! Nothing gives me more joy now than hanging up beautiful cards filled with photos of our friends and family on our Christmas tree!



Admittedly, it's been a few years since Adam and I have sent out personalized Christmas cards. The last few years, card-sending season totally snuck up on me and I completely forgot to design and send them out; but every year, like clockwork, our friends and family continue to send us a card regardless of whether or not we sent them one last year. It's so thoughtful! I'd had enough with missing out on this wonderful yearly tradition, so this year I partnered with Staples to make some personalized cards and gifts for our closest friends and family! Today, I'm sharing the details from our order through Staples Copy & Print services and sharing my story of how I tricked my husband into taking our Christmas card photo.

Shoutout to all of the blogger husbands out there--especially mine! Love ya, Mr. Mini! 

It's pretty difficult to impress my husband--he hates seeing photos of himself. Unlike me, Adam cringes at the thought of having to get dressed up to take a photo to send to our friends and family. During our last staycation and before we went out for lunch, I may or may not have tricked my sweet husband into taking some photos for our Christmas card. I know, I know! It's sounds kind of mean, but I promise it was painless for him (mostly, haha). 

I brought along our tripod on our mini getaway, and before we left our hotel room I told him how handsome he looked and how "now would be a great time to take our picture!" Adam sighed, and with a little bit of encouragement, we took photos. To my surprise, Adam looked at the viewfinder of my DSLR and was really happy with the photo we took! And then that's when I sprung my surprise on him and clued him in on my plan of using the photo for our Christmas cards! He laughed, complimented me on my trickery, and then we promptly left our room to go enjoy our lunch date. Getting the photo was easy enough, but then I had to worry about actually designing our card (which I am not good at). 



Now, I would normally pride myself on my creativity and ability to come up with something cute and festive, but for whatever reason when it comes to Christmas cards I completely blank out; when I go to sit down to design a card on the computer I feel uninspired and overwhelmed by all of the designs I could draw up and all of the shapes of photo collages I could choose from. Ever since I tried Staples Copy & Print services I have felt such a relief! All of the pre-made holiday card designs are awesome and there is a great variety of card themes to choose from. Perhaps my favorite part about designing our Christmas card was how there was a spot to include a personalized note about our year--we do our best to stay in touch with all of our friends and family who don't read the blog on a regular basis, so I thought that this little note inside of our card this year was a nice touch. 


Designing our Christmas card this year was a breeze. After I ordered our cards online, I took a look through all of the other custom photo gift ideas on the Staples Copy & Print services site. There were a number of different gifts to choose from, and since I was still feeling partially guilty for tricking Adam into taking our Christmas card photo, I pulled him aside to my computer and begged him for his guidance to try to narrow down our personalized gift choices. We consulted on some of the gifts and finally ended up designing and choosing a coffee mug, two Christmas ornaments, and a mouse pad.



Although I may have tricked my husband into taking our Christmas card photo, we are both genuinely really happy that we actually have a personalized card to send out to our friends and family! Thanks to Staples helping us out this season and making designing a Christmas card totally stress-free!

Save 20% off your Staples Copy & Print card order by using the code HOLIDAY20 by 12/26!


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15 comments :

  1. I'm glad you finally got your cards out. They look great by the way.

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  2. Your husband sounds a lot like mine - he hates to have his photo taken. I love pictures, though, so he has had to endure quite a few since marrying me. :) I love your Christmas cards! That mug is also adorable! I'd love to have one of those!

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    1. I'm drinking out of this mug right now haha! And our husbands would totally get along lol

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  3. I love personalized holiday cards. The ones you and your husband created are lovely.

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  4. Cute cards! I love that you tricked your hubby into taking a photo. We took photos super early this year and LOL I still haven't ordered them!

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    1. That's OK!! You can still order them--it's not too late!

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  5. These cards look so cute. Staples does a great job and I want a mug like this one.

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  6. They turned out SOOO cute! My husband is never excited to take pics for holiday cards, but as long as I pick out exactly what to wear and tell him when/where to be, he'll do it :)

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  7. I kind of accidentally tricked my husband into photos this year as well, but we don't have them yet. I told him that we were getting our son's pics done and I wanted one with us. Well, the photographer loved us so she took a ton of photos of the family. I can't wait to see them. I'll have to keep Staples in mind when we get our photos printed and cards made!

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  8. How funny! That sounds like something I would totally do because my boyfriend hates taking pictures.

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  9. Love your personalized card! I have sent out personalized picture cards every year know for the last 27 years! The photos create a great collection of family photos to mark the years. I never new that Staples prints Christmas cards. I have seen their printing area - but I always walk by to go purchase the office supplies that I am there for.

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  10. Hey sometimes husbands need to be tricked. Mine doesn't mind pictures but he has to be tricked into other things sometimes.

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