We say “Merry Christmas” – A Giveaway

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:

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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By Marta on December 5, 2010 · Posted in giveaways, headline, the habla habla

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Posted on December 6th, 2010

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Posted on December 6th, 2010

Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá says:

We’ve been married for almost 8 years and never sent a single picture card for Christmas.. this year with the baby we will!!.. BTW those pics are just wonderful I totally love them..! very original!!
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Posted on December 6th, 2010

Susannah Petrounov says:

1. I love to send out photo cards each year!
2. Sometimes just kids but this year the whole family!
3. Nothing crazy but our silly faces!
4. Totally Fabulous, love that crazy pic!

Posted on December 6th, 2010

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Posted on December 6th, 2010

Nancy Reed says:

I use to send out photo card but seem the time and money thing never match up(the cards are one thing then the postage).

When I did I tried to include the kids and Mom and Dad.

We never tried the dressing up, well sometimes an elf hat but we enjoyed taking photos on the beach to make our eastcoast family green with envy :)

And I DO love your photo. More then the red chair, I love the yellow stripes. You and your family are too creative :)

Posted on December 6th, 2010

Tessa says:

We usually send out a photo of the entire family along with a Christmas letter. Often, we are wearing Santa hats but not always. And we are almost always late. One year our letters didn’t arrive until May. This year we will be on time!

Posted on December 6th, 2010

Lissette Tant says:

I only started doing photo pics after I had my little boy. The cards are of just him. Sometimes he has sneaked his way on the grandparents’ card. And you photos are great!

Posted on December 6th, 2010

Michele Caridad says:

Awesome…i love to share photoshop fun!

We wish you a merry Xmas!

Posted on December 6th, 2010

Brenda says:

I take oodles of photos and post them to social network sites often, but sadly I have not sent out a photo Christmas card in years. Maybe this year we’ll get back into the swing of it.

Posted on December 6th, 2010

Nickie says:

We never sent Christmas cards until last year when my son was born. Our card featured him only, and it was pretty funny. This year will be the 3 of us and it’s guaranteed to be crazy…it’s just how we are :)

Posted on December 6th, 2010

jackie says:

1. We did for a couple of years, but I dropped the ball. Usually just the kids though. They are far more photogenic than we.

Posted on December 9th, 2010

Li says:

I love these holiday photo greeting cards! I do send out greeting cards and family photo post cards, actually! I love getting and giving out cards during the holidays. I can never get my family together for a holiday photos so I usually look through the years photos and pic the best one to send. then I go online and edit the photo with a free online editing program and hit print!!!

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Posted on December 9th, 2010

Barbara Garcia says:

1. Yes! I started the tradition the year we married (the same year my husband arrived from Cuba) and have kept the tradition to date.

2. Since we started sending photo cards before our daughter ever arrived, yes, we were always in the photos of course. Last year we sent out 3 different versions! 2 of them without us and 1 with all 3 of us.

3. My husband has dressed as Santa every year, so he did make it onto the cards last year as jolly old St. Nick!

4. Love your Christmas card!

I am e-mailing you one of last years cards right now…

Posted on December 10th, 2010