Hurry Up and Say "Cheese."

by Tracy Evans


Unless you’re Martha Stewart, getting ready for the holidays can give even the jolliest of souls a pounding headache. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa – or simply skip right on over to New Year’s – there are presents to buy and cards to send out. Picking out just the right thing ain’t so easy. Especially if you’re determined to send out the perfect holiday photo card. Who hasn’t agonized over shiny faces, out-of-place hairs and fluorescent red eyes?


Perfectionism is just one of the hang-ups that can get in the way of you, photo cards and the mailbox. Procrastination is the other. Every year I say I’m going to send out photo cards and then I don’t. But now that I’m a mom I no longer feel like a Grinch. My daughter just turned two and is obsessed with saying cheese and seeing her snot-nosed face on camera so I have promised to get my act together. And you can too as long as you plan ahead.



  • Digital cameras have made picture taking easier than ever. But despite great technology either you have a knack for taking great pictures or you don’t. If you’re in the latter category don’t worry. Honestly, most recipients on your mailing list aren’t going to examine your photo under a magnifying glass looking for every clogged pore in your face. Nope, most people like photo cards and if they don’t well, they really shouldn’t be on your mailing list in the first place. Just send them a regular old card.
  • I think the best photos are far from perfect. And that’s what makes them great. The kid with a sourpuss face while the rest of the clan beams in front of the fireplace. Grandpa sound asleep in his chair wearing a Santa Hat. A close-up of your messy toddler hugging the dog. Think about it. What cards do you remember? The unusual ones, right?
  • If you insist on taking a traditional cheery photo - keep it simple. Be as real as possible. People can tell when you’re wearing a holiday sweater because your spouse gave you an ultimatum or your smile is as fake as a beauty pageant contestant.


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