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With Halloween over, this now means I have to kicked into gear to get organized for the Winter holidays.  As a working mother, my time is extremely limited.   However, I really love the holidays and making them as memorable as I can for my family, so that means being organized.  As we all know, the holiday season is stressful enough.  For me though, as my kids get older I am fighting very hard to keep those family memories and experiences alive.   Halloween decorations were taken down yesterday and everything will be drying out over the next few days before they are packed away for next year’s use  (see previous post about Holiday Organizing Tips).  My Halloween Wreath is now being replaced with an Autumn berry one from Smith & Hawkins and my Christmas cards were ordered yesterday!!!  I learned a long time ago that by doing a few holiday tasks each week will prevent burn out that we feel this time of year.  One of the first things on my list is the holiday card.

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Holiday Cards:  I may be a bit longer in the tooth, but I love sending out and receiving holiday photos.  For me, it’s my way of staying in touch with friends and family. Now I totally understand with Facebook and social media, that people tend to post things online, but receiving a card in the mail is truly special and that is why I continue to do it.  Years ago though, I found the idea of taking and selecting the annual photo to be very stressful because I am perfectionist and it wasn’t always easy for me to get my kids to cooperate, so I opted to hire a photographer to take their photo–and what do you know, they were total angels during the photo session.  Now a days I simply choose one from a family summer vacation and have them printed up and whoala, they are ready to mailed by the beginning of December and I have no stress!!!!  Places like Shutterfly are a great resource for printable cards.  The key though is early ordering, so start thinking about what photo you will be using.  You can also order address labels at the same time and you’ll be all set to go!