I challenge myself every year to get my Christmas cards sent out on December 1st and that usually means a lot of planning ahead of time. The cards, envelopes, stamps, etc all adds up to a few weeks of preparation. This year I had almost 40!
I have never gotten the custom photo cards that you see all over Blogland, mainly because my mom didn't ever do that growing up. I feel a little silly sending out cards with a picture of just Mike and I. I think when we have kids, or at least a baby bump, I will start the photo cards. But for now, I pick up a pretty boxed set instead and write a personalized message for each recipient.
My go-to stores are usually Home Sense (like Home Goods), Marshalls, Chapters, Papyrus, Target, and Shoppers Drug Mart. This year, the cards I brought home were these from Target. I struggled with finding the perfect ones this year, which makes me lean more and more towards the custom photo cards. But I liked how these were pretty simple and modern-looking. Because a bunch of the cards are sent to my family in Poland, I need to find cards that don't have too much writing because obviously, not everyone speaks English.
As for the envelopes, I prefer to print the addresses directly on the outside. This year I downloaded the font Blackjack from Fontsquirrel (for free!) I usually like to use a Christmassy font but this year I just settled for a pretty handwritten font in gold. None of the festive fonts really spoke to me this year haha but in the past, I have used this one and this one. Oh, and I try to match the colouring to the cards inside as best as possible. For the back, I use our address stamp and seal with some matching washi tape.
Do you have a Christmas card routine? I love receiving Christmas cards so much, especially with little ones on them!