Picking out your Christmas card

Picking out your Christmas card can be fun and overwhelming. There are countless designs to choose from when picking out your Christmas card. Not sure where to start? Let me help!

When picking out your Christmas card, start with picking out the picture or pictures you want to use. This will help you pick a color scheme that complements your picture. If there are certain colors you gravitate towards in your Christmas picture, focus on incorporating those colors in the Christmas card design as well. 

Another important design element is the fonts you choose. Most Christmas card designs come with predetermined fonts. If you like more script fonts, then choose a Christmas card design with a script and cursive font. If you prefer a more modern-looking design, try picking a Christmas card design with all caps and clean lines. 

Think about the greeting you are wanting to send to your Christmas card recipients. Since we all celebrate holidays in our unique way, put your special touch on the message you are sending. Whether it be “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukkah”, or “Happy New Year”, you can customize your Christmas card any way you like. 

I’ll use our 2021 Christmas card as an example. The design I picked was from Minted. They have modern, unique, and timeless Christmas card designs to choose from. The print and paper quality is wonderful and I’ve used Minted for several years now. 

Making your Christmas card. Brooke Grogan Photography.

When picking out this design, I know I wanted to tie in some light green colors. The light green compliments the colors in the photo as well. 

We kept the messaging simple. With a “Merry Christmas” greeting, our name, and the year. I like to include the year in the design of our Christmas card. If you hold onto old Christmas cards as I do, it’s always fun to look back and see what year it was on the cards. 

Making your Christmas card. Brooke Grogan Photography.

This year, I had THP Script address the envelopes for me. This can be an investment, but it takes the workload off of you during the busiest time of the year. THP Script has amazing hand lettering skills and it makes the recipients stop in their tracks when they receive the card in the mail. It’s a nice finishing touch to add an elevated look to your Christmas card. 

Hand lettering envelope addresses

Hand lettering envelope addresses

Hand lettering envelope addresses

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “when should we have our Christmas pictures taken?”. I’m here to offer some helpful suggestions when it comes to planning for your Christmas pictures. 


I’m an advocate for having your Christmas pictures taken around the beginning of November. This not only helps to allow enough time to get your photos back and order cards, but it also doesn’t interfere with your Thanksgiving plans. Time tends to speed up even more as our schedules fill up with more and more events and gatherings around the holidays. Let your Christmas photos be one less thing you have to think about as we all enter into the busy season of family gatherings and get-togethers. Check this off your list and have your Christmas pictures taken early!


Many people think they should have their photos taken a few weeks before Christmas and have plenty of time to order cards and send them out. The reason why that doesn’t work is simple. It’s just not enough time to get it all together!

When working with a professional photographer for your Christmas pictures, keep in mind it takes time for the photos to be edited and delivered to you before you can work on ordering your Christmas cards. 

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with positivity and good times all around you! Merry Christmas! 


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