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Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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We say “Merry Christmas” – A Giveaway

Submitted by on December 5, 2010 – 8:22 pm19 Comments

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the exchange of greetings. Yes, I’m the one who loves to get Christmas cards and letters detailing my friends’ lives over the past year.

It’s that social-Cuban-connector part of me that always smiles when I see the return address on an envelope with the name of an old friend.

For my part, I’ve been sending out photo greetings for the past 30+ years. (Yes, I’m that old.) It’s become an important part of our Christmas tradition.

I like to think that people are happy to see our smiling faces and are maybe curious to see what my family (of which I’m extremely proud!) looks like.

So, here, for your viewing pleasure are the Darby Family Christmas Photo Greetings from the past few years.

In 2007, we had attended a family wedding and I thought we’d get a great shot of the six of us together all dressed up. My favorite ended up being the one where Eric grabbed the camera and extended his arm. Go figure!

Darby Christmas Card 2007

[Creative Note: The photo frame and wreath "sticker" are from Designer Digitals - I apologize for not remembering the name of the kit. The typeface I used for our names is appropriately called "Santa's Sleigh."]

In 2008, we had had a Toga Party for my son, Adam’s birthday and I was particularly fond of how this photo captured us in all our uber-geek glory.

Darbys in togas. 2008

Again, I created the design myself with the help of Designer Digitals.

Last year, we had our photo taken by the photographer from the Orange County Register who was photographing our family for my Coming to America story. I used Shutterfly to design the card. All I had to do was upload to their site and follow directions. I received the card just a few days later with envelopes all shiny and ready to mail.

We say "Merry Christmas." 2009

This past year, Adam has moved to Northern California and was only in town for a few days. Our next door neighbor happens to be a professional photographer and I was delighted that he was willing to work with me when I insisted we haul one of our red leather chairs out into the street. (I had a vision. Details here.)

Merry Christmas from the Darbys!

For this one I just added a strip of digital paper to the top and wrote Merry Christmas in Scriptina and our names in Helvetica. I printed them two to a page on photo paper using my color printer. They needed to be trimmed, but I was quite pleased with how they turned out.

Now it’s your turn. We’d like to invite you to share your holiday greetings with us. Please send us a copy of your photo cards (vintage or current day) to info at TikiTiki blog dot com. If you give us permission, we’d love to publish them for all the world to see.

GIVEAWAY! If you’re looking for a great place to get your holiday cards done, the generous folks at Snapfish.com have offered a $50 gift certificate to one lucky Tiki Tiki reader. Actually, they have a wide variety of photo gifts, like books and mugs, as well as greeting cards and various photo print sizes to choose from.

In order to enter the drawing for the $50 gift certificate to Snapfish, please answer one or all of the following questions:

  • Do you send out photo greetings?
  • Do you typically send out photos of just the kids or of the entire family?
  • Do you ever dress up in crazy ways?
  • Don’t we look fabulous in our red leather chair in the middle of the street? (Actually, this is a trick question. You don’t really get any extra points for answering, I just want to make sure you’re paying attention, but that’s not important right now.)

Leave your answers in the comment section of this post. Just to sweeten the pot, if you leave a comment AND send us your card (via email) it will count as an extra entry. We’ll choose the gift certificate winner on Thursday, December 10, 2010 at 11 am Pacific Time.

We just learned that our blog friend, Dariela has quite a few great designs at Snapfish. Take a look:

In the meantime, send us your photo greetings!

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!

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