Christmas Cards Through The Years | Anchors Aweigh


Christmas Cards Through The Years

It may be a Southern thing, but I just love sending Christmas cards each year! My mom always color-coordinated our outfits growing up for our annual Christmas card picture that would go to family and friends. When Parker and I got married, I knew I wanted to keep the tradition alive with our little family. They are fun to send, fun to receive, and it gives me an excuse to take a nice picture at least once a year. ;)

I ordered this book two years ago as a way to store our cards and write down fun Christmas memories from each year to look back on. I love it! I have ordered Christmas cards from several sites and honestly, they all do a good job. My only advice is to check Groupon before purchasing Christmas cards. The past 2 years, I have used Photo Affections because they have a Groupon for 78% off. This year I ordered 100 cards for $37.99... not too shabby for this little cheapo!

 We try to make the annual Christmas card somewhat representative of what our life looked like that year. Apologies for the poor quality... I didn't have a digital copy of each card so I went old school and took a picture of a picture!

Our first Christmas (2011), we were living in College Station, TX about to make our first big move to Pensacola. We had been married 6 months, and those first 6 months were spent doing all things family and Aggieland. We took our picture in my grandparents' front yard in Midlothian, TX. 

Our second Christmas (2012), we went to the beach with our good friends Ryan and Emily and each took pictures for the others. We spent so much time at Pensacola beach in 2012, so taking our picture there was a no-brainer. We all had so much fun taking pictures for each other and trying to wrangle two crazy pups in the process! Fun fact: Blogging that experience was one of my first ever posts! You can read more here

Our third Christmas (2013), we took our picture on base in Kingsville, TX. The intent was to have the big "Fly Navy" water tower in the background, and you can read all about that little debacle here

Our fourth Christmas (2014), we took the picture in front of our rental house in Norfolk, VA. We just loved that little house, and this card is probably my favorite of the bunch. I love all of them, but the 2014 card is special to me because it is one that we will never be able to recreate again. I was still pregnant with Taylor Grace in this picture, and we had sweet Darla who we kept for a year while her mom was on deployment. 

Our fifth Christmas (2015), we took the picture in the woods behind the home we had just purchased. This was the year we became homeowners, so this location was a given for the Christmas card! This was also the first card that Jenny smiled for. Only took 4 years! You can see more pictures from 2015's photoshoot here

And here we are approaching our sixth Christmas (2016). I thought a lot about what I wanted to do with our card this year. I knew I still wanted to send one, but deployment represented over half of 2016 for us, so I wanted to somehow incorporate that. In the end, I decided Parker and I would both hold signs that pointed to each other and read "All I Want For Christmas Is" and "All We Want For Christmas Is". I created them on and printed them off for $2 at The UPS Store. I mailed Parker his sign, had him hold it next to the plane, and Jenny and I took a separate picture with our sign. I put the two next to each other and am quite pleased with the result!

I blurred out the bottom of this year's card because it has our son's name on it. We just aren't quite ready to share that on the blog just yet. :)


Unknown said...

These cards are so neat and such a good idea! My fiance and I are getting married next year and I totally want to do this!

Carly said...

Ahh love your card from this year-- so creative & cute!

Bailey said...

Your card was the first one I've gotten this year! I loved how it was addressed to "Mr & Mrs Andy Cummins" :) I also love your idea for this year's card-- I'm going to have to save it for a future deployment! Hopefully I will get my cards mailed out soon!

Amy said...

i love y'alls cards through the years! <3
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this year!!

Jen said...

It's so fun to look back on past Christmas cards! I love your one for this year!

Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

That is such a cute card idea!

Janelle Cook said...

It was so fun to look through all of your cards! I love the idea of keeping each one and writing about that year to look back on. I may need to do that for our first few years while they're still fresh in my memory. :)

I can't wait to find out baby boy's name! :)

Stephanie said...

I love that you have a book! That is such a great idea. I have all of our cards in a drawer, but a book...I may have to get one!

Unknown said...

Randomly chiming in a few weeks later to say THANK YOU! I bought that book as a random gift for my husband this year and he LOVES it! It is such a unique and cute idea - we've decided to give them to all of our friends for Christmas next year!!!


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