Making This Year’s Christmas Card (& Some Holiday Love)

Here she be, all ye merrymakers of the world: our 2012 family Christmas card.

Obviously it’s a play on the tradition of leaving some milk and cookies out for Santa, with a nice dose of the reality that unattended food at our house doesn’t stay unattended for very long. By some miracle we were able to get this shot without having to Photoshop the two of them together. Usually Clara is all up Burger’s grill – meaning that Burger bolts before the first shot is snapped. But apparently they play well together when there are treats to be had.

These are just some outtakes from our little photo session, which we actually didn’t start until after Clara’s bedtime. Again, another Christmas miracle was at work here. She not only was an angel for the shoot (probably because she had a plate full of cookies) but despite the post-8pm sugar rush, she thankfully slept just as well as usual.

Clara loved the fact that Burger was so interested in the milk (“More cookies for me!”) that she constantly tried to invite him to drink more of it.

But eventually Burger became more interested in the other snack, which meant we had to pull the plug on the set-up (no chocolate for dogs!).

But despite the abrupt end, we’re still psyched about the result. Especially since this design at TinyPrints made it even more festive. Yup, we splurged a bit this year (over our usual CVS or Target printing) and went for a heaftier cardstock printing through TinyPrints. But thanks to a free shipping promotion they were running and a coupon code we looked up (thanks Google), we were able to save $30 on our order.

Speaking of past years, here’s a quick recap for ya: Here’s last year’s card:

And the one from 2010 (where we actually photoshopped that bow on Clara’s head to help long distance relatives remember the she’s a she).

And lastly our card from 2009, while we were still awaiting Clara’s arrival the following May…

And with that, we’re off to spend the rest of Christmas Day with our family. We hope you guys are all having a wonderful holiday and and are enjoying some great food, fun, family time, rest, or whatever else makes this the most wonderful time of the year. And thanks for reading our blog. We’re thankful for you.


  1. Kelly McK says

    Got your book as a gift this morning- I absolutely can’t wait to dig in!!! Merry Christmas to the Petersik household!

  2. Rebecca says

    I love them all. The first one is so classy with the “reserved” sign. I love photo holiday cards and family newsletters! I always tell people they are right up there next to weddings on my list of things I love but will never do myself (eloped).
    Happy holidays to you all! I look forward to seeing photos of Clara and her new fridge.

  3. Rachel says

    $20? Even if I spent the full $50 it would still be a good deal… can I ask how many cards you send out? This year we sent out over 100 so it adds up with cards and postage.

  4. Linda says

    That is just the best card! Thank you for sharing your holidays with us – best wishes for a wonderful new year, with health and happiness for your family.

  5. Suzana Vracevic says

    Merry Christmas to you all! I got your book for Christmas form my sister and I’m sooooo happy! Sretan Boži? from Croatia, Suzana

  6. Hilary says

    Hey Petersiks!

    Merry Christmas to you all from the UK! I must tell you there was a christmas miracle in our house today!

    I received your wonderful book from my fiance! I had mentioned to him that I follow your blog and would really like your fantastic book for christmas. I mentioned it to him the first week in december to which he panicked at the realisation it needed to come from the USA… yesterday (Christmas eve) we received a delivery failure notice he raced down to the depot to collect what i believed to be his “contact lens subscription”…. after unwrapping all my gifts under the tree he brought in one last present from the bedroom! YOUR BOOK!!! I am so pleased! I thought I would never get it in time for the big christmas day!!!!!

    Many thanks for your dedication to blogging and your book is such a wonderful publication! congratulations!!!!!!

    All the best for 2013!
    Hilary (Tunbridge Wells,Kent, Uk) a very happy lady!

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