Tracy B. McGinnis
We may not get to see our friends as often as we’d like, but there is one time of year when everyone gets the chance to see us, and put us on display in their homes - the annual holiday photo card. Get ahead of the holiday rush, and put your best face forward by checking out sites like Mango Ink,  where you’ll find a catalog of unique and inspiring greetings to send loved ones.
Getting Your Best Shot
If the words “time to schedule your holiday portraits” conjures up images of creepy photographers, harsh lighting, and snow covered backdrops, perhaps it’s time to stop trying to survive the line to pose with Santa, and put your digital camera to use.
With everyone comparing pixels sizes, and easy to use computer software, you can create a unique holiday photo worthy of being displayed well beyond the holiday season. And let’s be candid - those pictures you receive every year with the kids glued to the living room floor in front of a blazing fire adored in holiday accoutrements - they’re boring. Not to mention convey little about what your family has been up since last holiday season.
Get creative in 2007, and make your photos stand out.
- Location, Location, Location - Step away from the flames and into a fun setting that gives your holiday card new life. Find an interesting location in your neighborhood – maybe a park you like to bike in, or the stadium of your favorite local team.
- Create a Concept Card - Personalize your photo by creating a theme. Love to scuba dive as a family? Strap on the goggles and trunks, or jump off the deep end and send an underwater picture. Incorporate some personality into your print by including hobbies, sports, favorite things – anything that will help tell a story to that friend you’re reaching out to.
- Include the Entire Family - You may be a few inches behind in getting your highlights done, and chances are there’s a bag full of dry cleaning waiting to go in, but don’t let that keep you out of the picture. Take comfort in the fact that people want to see you – all of you.
- The Obligatory Card - I’m sure most of the people on your list are friends and family, but for those obligatory cards that continue to get volleyed back and forth between people you never hear from, considering buying fewer stamps or maybe sending an e-mail greeting instead.
Between now and November 30, 2007, Mango Ink  is offering Mommy Track’d readers a 10% off discount on holiday and new years cards. Use the code: holidaymommy at checkout. We challenge you to use the discount before the deal expires. What a nice holiday gift to yourself to cross that one off the list early.
Additional Holiday Card Resources We Love:
Fabulous Stationary 
Groovy Paper 
Erin Condren Designs 
Tiny Prints 
Our final thought. If you don't get your act together to get cards out before the end of the year, fear not. Our favorite over-extended working mom solution? Break tradition -- send a New Year's Card instead.
Tracy McGinnis has published hundreds of articles on topics related to women's interests, most recently in Forbes and Pregnancy Magazine. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.