I propped my 3 month old on his belly and elbows and put an adult sized Santa hat on him. I also got photos of him sleeping in his elf outfit that said, "Santa's little helper" and cropped the photos into a website that provided the template and ordered enough for everyone on my Christmas card list!
This year, my daughter (19 months) is very entertained with baking, so we put a bowl of flour on the floor of the kitchen, and put her in a Santa hat and a Christmas apron I had made. The I gave her a wooden spoon and a whisk to play with in the flour. The front of my cards say "We Whisk You A Merry Christmas". The other cards I did, I made my daughter a nighty out of white polar fleece and glued faux fur around the cuffs and bottom. Then I took a pair of wings that i got after Halloween for $1 and put her in front of the Christmas tree with one of those battery operated candles. On that card, I put "I believe" on the front, and on the inside I wrote out the Chorus to the song "Angels Among Us" by Alabama. Both turned out fantastic!
On Santa's Lap
Here's our Christmas card from 2 years ago. We had my son who was 6 dressed as Santa with my 6 month old twin daughters sitting on his lap. We also added our dog Sammy to the mix.
Three Santas In The Tub
I got the bathtub idea from this site last year and came back for another idea for 2007. I got so many compliments on our card. Thanks for the great idea!! My kids had a blast during the photo shoot!
The Buckman Bunch
Thanks for the Brady Bunch idea. Here is what our card looks like this year. :-)
What a great website, thanks for sharing all these creative ideas. I enjoyed everyone's card. Here's another variation of the Reindeer theme. My kids enjoyed hiking through the woods looking for antlers!
By Coni, Evanston, IL
Naughty, Not Nice!
This is the one we used last year.
By Debra from Alabama
Classic Candy Cane
A simple Santa suit and a candy cane was all we used to create a classic card. Our daughter was 6 months old when this picture was taken.
Sharing The Christmas Love
We had lots of compliments from this Christmas card. Now I'm trying to find something for this year! This one is hard to beat! :)
A real challenge to get teenage boys interested. We mixed every sport we could into a photo. The big challenge was getting 2 soccer balls balanced at the same time without falling into the tree.
Around the picture we used the word (quote)Soccer balls, basketballs, baseball, track, and more... Oh, what fun we've had this year! We're anything but bored! (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)(/quote)
When they were smaller, I would dress them in red or green and lay them on the floor in the shape of letters such as J, O, and Y. Photo each letter separately from above and then use a digital editor to cut out the letters and place them on a card.
By Deb from WI
Several Years Of Ideas
Last year we have one of those big inflatable snow globes in our yard. We slit the back open the entire family climbed inside, taped the slit closed reinflated it and had a friend take our picture. - Adorable
Another year we all fell into the pool sideways and had the caption "May you plunge into the Holidays with love and laughter"
Went to a cotton field and had an Arizona Snowball fight with cotton since we do not get snow.
My 9 year old sat on the floor, my 13 year old knelt behind him, I sat on a chair behind him and my husband stood behind me so we were in a tall stack. We each had on a different style of Santa Hat.
By Peggy - Arizona
Let It Snow
I dressed my Yorkie as a snowman. I cut out white poster board into circles, added a green felt scarf, also added a black hat and buttons. Then put it in front of him, made him stand there and took the picture. I added snowflakes and 'Let it snow' in Photoshop. The background was a gray and white bed sheet.
Long Santa Hat
We found this neat extra long Santa hat for our son to wear. The stripes made it neat and candy cane-y.
By Karyl from Oahu
Have A Hot And Steamy Holiday
We had put in an outdoor hot tub this year. I put the kids in there with their reindeer ears and holding polyfill and strays of holy behind them. This was our best photo yet!!! Our caption was "Have a Hot & Steamy Holiday"
Nice Dog/Naughty Dog
I did this Christmas card last year and everyone who knows us and our dogs got a kick out of it.
We used this picture last year with the caption - Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a "Royal Flush" New Year!
This was my card last year. Notice the pictures of the family above the fireplace, our dogs on the back wall, and the ultrasound picture on the very back wall.
Hunting For Santa
This was our card....got lots of good feedback.
"O Come Let Us Adore Him"
"May the light of the Savior be reflected on you this Christmas"
The Lord Is KING
I found this cute Elvis costume at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, that I thought would be so cute for my son to wear for Halloween, but I had to justify to my husband why I was spending that amount of money for a Halloween costume, so I decided to do his Christmas Cards in it as well and, needless to say my husband thought it was adorable. We have had so many compliments on his card!
After sorting through a bunch of disappointing pictures for our annual Christmas card, I was about to give up until I found this website and started reading some of the ideas! I found a picture that was somewhat decent, of us sitting at a restaurant with plates of dessert in front of us. Our last name is Cherry, so we took this picture and in photo shop, we "painted" chocolate all over ourselves. (I actually asked my husband if he would be willing to get dressed up, put chocolate on us and take a picture, to which he said NO WAY, so I HAD to do it photo shop!) ;) At the bottom we wrote, "Merry Christmas from a Couple of Chocolate Covered "Cherry"s!" Everyone LOVED it! Inside the card we wrote "May the gift of joy, the gift of happiness, the gift of love, and of course, the gift of chocolate... may these be yours at Christmas". Then we signed it "Hugs and 'kisses'"...
We got so many great responses - we think we'll do a fun card like that every year! Thanks to everyone for their ideas - never would have thought of this idea without reading some of yours!
Joy To The World
Good for couples that travel a lot.
I did a joy to the world theme and put pictures of all the places my husband and I traveled that year. I created a blank 4x6 inch canvas in Photoshop and cropped all the other pictures to a 1x1 size and inserted them in leaving room for what was originally going to be 4 squares but then switched into 2 that said "Joy to"& "the World". Mine required 18 photos
I used one of the ideas on this site and everyone loved it! Grandma had bought a Harley jacket for my son and I read on this site that they used a Harley theme and wrote: Happy Harleydays! That's what I did! I took him to a Harley bike shop and took these photos. I'll be back during this holiday season to get some more ideas! Keep posting!
We had fun making a sand snowman... I took a nerf soccer ball, sprayed it with adhesive, and rolled it in the sand to make a nice round head.
This is a card that we sent out a few years ago. The photo of our family was taken in 2006 but the living room is authentic 1950s. We just put the two together.
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was a big hit! Lot of friends still have this on their fridge. Kids are big believers and thought this it was pretty funny that daddy was dressed like the real McCoy!
I have four children and 4 years ago we began a series of Christmas photo cards doing our take on Beatles album covers. We began with the Abbey Road album and took a picture of our four kids in order by age crossing the street in the crosswalk. This past Christmas we decided would be the finale in our series and we had a graphic artist friend do an illustration of our kids like the Yellow Submarine cover. We thought it was quite fun and we received many compliments, especially from Beatles fans.
Christmas Photo Montage
I came across this page on a fluke but I think the ideas here are wonderful. After seeing everyone's great ideas I feel like it wouldn't be fair not to share my own.
Last Christmas I couldn't decide which family picture to use so I combined a few of my favorites into a montage using some graphics software. It was a smash hit! I've never heard so many compliments on a Christmas card (even from the ladies at Walgreens who printed them).
I think you can get these automatically done now from places like Snapfish or Kodak EasyShare but If you're inclined to try this yourself my only tip is to be careful which aspect ratio you're using--4x6 or 5x7 and do the layout accordingly. (My red border didn't come out symmetric on the prints.) It might take a few tests at your local photo place before you do the "big print."
This definitely raised the bar for me and now I'm on the prowl for 2008 ideas.
Treat Santa Nice
The caption read, "Treat Santa nice this year"
Simple Group Shot
I loved this website! I got some cool ideas for this year. Last year our card was very simple but it included our very loved dog, this year we're planning something more original and of course, our new addition to the family, our other dog! Thanx to everyone who shared their ideas!
Every year I try to come up with something different... this was the picture for Christmas '07.
The website is great, love all the ideas.
This picture was taken in my neighbors yard. My sister-in-law said it took a couple of days before she realized it was my kids in the pic. She had to see it hanging in her mom's house before she noticed it. My mom had made the costumes for the kids to attend an Advent celebration at church where the kids were encouraged to dress up.
My husband and I were monkeys for our Christmas card. The photo was black and white and I went into photo shop to color the hats red, the wreath green, wreath bow red, and the banana yellow. The inside of the card read "Hanging around Atlanta this holiday season. Going bananas for a Christmas filled with...and so on."
Let There Be Light
Used this one of our son in 2007.
"Let There be Light"
Jingle Bell Rock
This was are Christmas card for last year. It said "Jingle bell, Jingle bell, Jingle bell rock!" on the cover surrounding the picture. On the inside there was another picture of the kids just posing in black and white with the converse kept in red [by photoshop.] On the right of the photo on the inside, "Silent night? forget it. silent days? forget those too." And underneath the photo it said, "life is good." in red. On the bottom half of the card it said, "wishin' you a jammin' 2008 filled with peace and joy. Peace out!
By Monica H
Here is my family's 2008 Christmas card photo. The inside will read:
Wishing you a wild ride into 2009!
Three Years of Ideas
This was our 1st Christmas card with our twin daughters. It said "Hope your stockings are stuffed with love this holiday season!"
This was our 2nd Christmas card (the milk and cookies one).
This was our 3rd Christmas card...now with 3 kids. So we did the J-O-Y pictures to make it easier on ourselves.
Inside, it said:
Santa hat...$2 Wooden letters and paint...$5 Choosing a card that didn't require a picture of all 3 kids together...priceless
And in the background is a chaotic picture of all 3, which is what we assumed would happen ;)
We did this one last year. What would we do without Photoshop. The composition was created from photos taken in 3 separate stages: bottom, middle, top. My youngest son wasn't that cooperative sitting on his brother's shoulders so I had to take a separate shot of him. The tree topper was illustrated and the tree top was photoshop'd in. I don't know if we can "top" ourselves this year... the inscription read "This circus act performs year 'round. We just up the routine in December. Hope your holidays are head and shoulders above the rest!"
Had my 22 month old son dress as Tiny Tim and then made the photo look old/sepia. Then photo shopped a stick/cane under his arm. Title read, "And God Bless Us, Everyone!" Got huge amount of compliments on this one!
By Jeni S.
Tried to get the perfect shot of everyone, but the crazy one was my favorite so here is what I did "Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Whatever!"
By mom of 4
Letter To Santa
I did this two years ago with my son and I got tons of compliments.
A few years ago, my husband and I used this photo for our Christmas card. It read 'Merry Christmas and Bah-humbug'.
By Jinny S.
O Holy Night
Fourjugglers, What a great card! We also try to create the "different" card every year. Here is one of my favorites that we used a few years ago.
Everyone loved the kids with the M&M's. We had tried to get a good pic for about 30 minutes and we finally decided to give them the entire bin of M&Ms. They were thrilled.
Ho Ho Ho
I gave up chasing the kids around for the perfect photo. Paint always gets their attention! In south Florida there was no reason for all the clothes.
By Carey D
White Trash Christmas
This was our last year's photo - Card said, "I'm Dreaming Of A..." Inside said "White Trash Christmas"
Christmas In The Garden
We used this photo for our 2007 Christmas Card. We live in Melbourne Australia and took the children to the Royal Botanic Gardens with a few RED Christmas decorations and red tinsil. It worked out lovely, we received so many compliments. The other idea I had was for the children to decorate a tree in the Botancial gardens which turned out lovely as well, but the family vote was for this picture. The red Christmas decorations against the green of the trees is amazing.
We dressed up as elves and just used sticky felt on our ears. we took a bunch of pictures of us standing, sitting, kissing, and just picked the one we liked the best. was lot's of fun!
Cute Family Ideas
A Christmas Story is our favourite holiday movie, so of course I just had to do this one...
Here is last year's card. It was perfect for a not so interested teen! We had the image printed onto card stock, with the caption: "Listening" to the Night Before Christmas. Notice the ipod in my son's ears and one of them looking at a sports magazine; both pretending to listen to their little sister's story!
Here is another: simple yet festive - the kids in their winter finery posing on our decorated front porch. Sometimes simple is good!
Check out my decorating blog for more holiday ideas:
Our card read "The (enter last name)'s were nestled all snug in their bed!"
Colorized In Photoshop
This is our card from last year. We actually did it in our living room and had a friend take the pic. The white background is just a sheet hanging over the bar. I did the black and white in Photo Shop. Our dog was so not feeling the jingle bell collar!
By Kim A
I blew my kids heads up. They looked so funny compared to their bodies.
This was my last years card. Only had one santa hat, had to take all three photos separate and put back together in Photoshop. The inside said "May you see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil this holiday season". My family expect funny cards every year now!
This year, I wanted to do something different than just a picture, so I found a website called yourartnow.com and they did this colored pencil drawing for me. I'm going to use this as my Christmas card. The drawing is an 8x10 but I can easily reduce it to a 5x7 to print on my cards.
By Debra from Alabama
Dog's Note To Santa
We used this picture for our Christmas Card in 2007. We uploaded this on ritzpix.com and used one of their photocard templates. It turned out so great and we got such good feedback! Perfect for those of us who don't have kiddos yet!
Old Fashioned Feel
I collect old books and thought this was a good idea for an old fashioned photo. The kids are wearing feety pajamas.
I got this idea from your site last year, we got so many complements on the card! I used Photoshop and tried to get as many characters in the picture as possible. The pic features myself and my boyfriend and I'm holding our hedgehog!
It is always so difficult to get them all happy at once, so we put a nice picture, then this one that read, "Forced Family Fun" from the Holt's!
By The Holt Family
We are a young couple and have no children (except our furbaby). This picture was from our second Christmas together.
Last year our Christmas card featured our cat, Kitty. I found the cutest card from Walgreens that said "Meowy Christmas" and it had little fish and bones, etc on it. She is "reading" 'The Night Before Christmas." We got rave reviews!
We love the movie "A Christmas Story". So last year we decided to pay tribute to the scene the boys love best, which is where one kid dares the other kid to stick his tongue to a frozen flag pole. I used my photo software to change the picture to black and white and frosted the edges. The caption on the card read "WE TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU TO HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS". Everyone loved it!
I saw a great idea for a Christmas card on here and wondered if someone could tell me how to do it. They took individual pictures of their kids and made them into one picture. I've tried to figure it out but haven't had any success. Thanks!
Another idea--if you are going to have them printed by Snapfish, Winkflash, or one of those kinds of places, they will have software on their site that will allow you to put your own pictures into a template to make a collage.
I need a caption for our Xmas photo. I have several photos of my 3 boys holding the letters of JOY, but I could not get them to stand in order to actually spell J O Y. Thanks in advance for any suggestions! Happy Holidays!
The first Christmas as a married couple, we did a Grinch inspired card that read "Merry Grinchmas and Happy Who-Year". Since then, our friends and family expect funny cards.
Our second year married, my husband and I pretended to be asleep in our bed. I took a separate picture of our dog in a Santa costume then, using Photoshop, superimposed him in a thought bubble. The card read, "The Nemecs were nestled, all snug in their bed while visions of Jack danced in their heads."
Last year, our third Christmas together, we made milk mustaches and had a plate of cookies in front of us and were toasting with champagne glasses filled with milk. On a fluke, the dog stuck his tongue in the glass as the camera went off, and the picture was hysterical. It read: "Wishing you a milky white Christmas."
Photo From Our "Crib"
We dressed our new baby in a red hat and red converse hightops and a diaper. We strung Christmas lights and garland around her crib and propped some stuffed animals around her. "Merry Christmas from Our Crib to Yours!"
Reason For The Season
This year we are using the following Photo. Our card will say:
"Remembering the reason for the season... Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!"
Here is the easiest Christmas card we've ever done because we could take separate pictures of each child instead of all three kids having to look right in one Photo (which is nearly impossible for us).
Here's ours from last year. We got a file box and wrapped the bottom and top separately. Added some tissue paper and popped our then 6-month-old daughter inside. The rest was pure luck! The expression on both their faces is priceless. We still giggle every time we see this picture.
Here's our first Christmas card Photo last year of our daughter who was 4 months old. I just put it on a Photo card with a Santa that read "HO HO HO".
Perfect Tree And Other Ideas
We try to do a unique card every year too. We are a big sports family, so I dressed our oldest son in his football uniform with a Santa Hat, our middle daughter in her soccer uniform with a Santa hat, then our youngest son in his tee-ball uniform with his Santa hat. We sat basketballs, bats, gloves, baseballs, soccerballs all around. The caption was: "Merry Christmas from our HOME TEAM to yours!"
Last year, I took our Santa hats to the beach and had the Kids stand by the surf in their swimsuits. I put it in black and white and colored in the Santa hats. I ended up not using this one because I got an impromptu shot that was better. We went to the mountains to a Christmas Tree farm to choose and cut down our own tree. This was the first time we had ever done that. I took my camera just to document the day and snapped a pic of the kids by our choice of tree. I used the caption "We found the perfect tree. Hope you have a perfect Christmas".
By Lisa from Taylorsville, NC
Bubbles Of Fun
We did the bubble bath pictures and highlighted the hats and rosied up their cheeks. We typed "wishing you bubbles of fun this holiday season" We got a ton of great feedback!
Sometimes you don't know you have the right picture until you look them over later. We had given up on getting our one-year old in a Santa Suit and our dog with reindeer antlers to pose and look at the camera at the same time. We tried everything including props such as a dog treats and a Christmas ornament for him to toss. After over 50 pictures of him pulling the dogs antlers, taking off his hat, falling over, and sobbing we decided to pack it in. The next morning we came across this gem - a little Photo enhancement and Voila!
Better Not Pout
Last year we had a 3 year old and a new baby of 2 months. I thought posing them in Santa hats would be really cute but somehow it failed. Madeline the 3 year old was mad that she was having to pose and Max the baby was fed up and hungry as well. So, despite all efforts I ended up putting the picture of her pouting and the picture of him screaming together and titled it "Better Not Pout".
This year we took a picture of a neighbor's Nativity Scene and superimposed a picture of our daughter dressed as Mary. The Outside says "It's Christmas". The inside says "Be Mary".
Santa, I Can Explain
We did the "Santa, I can explain" one.
Under The Mistletoe
One of my twins was determined to catch the other under the mistletoe one way or the other!
By Debra from Alabama
We wanted to do something different for our Christmas cards/picture this year. The outcome was "Incredible!" I made the costumes and had a friend (who happens to work for the local newspaper) come over and take the picture in our living room. We cleared out the furniture and just had a fun Photo shoot. Then I used my Photo editing software to add everything else in (and remove my living room wall!)
By The Eastman Family
Cut And Paste Incredibles
Cut your heads out in a paint program or Photoshop and paste them into a picture. We then added the Santa hats.
This idea came from one of your readers from a couple of years ago. We placed my grandson in front of the fireplace with his pajamas on. A pair of red velvet "pants" (really only 2 velvet tubes I sewed from left over fabric stuffed with fiberfill) were placed coming from the chimney. We placed old boots on the floor and tucked in the pants.
Naughty Or Nice
This is the shot I used for my 2003 Christmas picture. On my card I wrote: " He's making a list, and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town!" I thought it was so cute!
Last year we used one of the ideas posted here - the silent, peaceful one :)
We used the little bakers idea last year. We got so many comments on the card! Thanks for the idea!
By Jen L
One of the cutest Christmas cards we did was take a Photo of my two girls dressed as angels (ages 8 and 10) and my infant son swaddled in a white blanket in a manger so it looked like baby Jesus with the angels looking over him. We just took the Photo at the church in front of the pulpit and used the candle lighter robes for the girls. The church had the manger from the nativity scene. I have gotten so many complements on this and have even been asked for the original so that an a friend could blow the Photo up and use it as decoration during the holidays!
By Nebraska Mom
Night Before Christmas
Here's our card from last year. We had my son, who was 7, reading The Night Before Christmas to his 18 month old twin sisters.
Have Everyone Over For Christmas
Something I did with a little cutting and pasting last year.
Have A Rockin' Christmas
We've been trying to come up with new ideas for years now. We've done the snowman with the kids' faces in the snowballs, we've done the "Ho Ho Ho" with the faces in the O's. Last year, we set the kids up with some musical instruments in the basement with a white sheet as a background, then cut out the photos and superimposed them on a Photo of a Christmas tree I found on the web (our tree wasn't up yet). The caption read "Have a Rockin' Christmas!"
Feet At The Beach
We were not at the beach, but at the library swingset. But we loved this picture of all of our feet in the sand.
This was our card from last year. "Happy Mistletoes" It went over very well! We used the one with our toes up in the air, but the other one is cute too, shaped like a wreath.
Christmas card photo ideas, anyone have an idea for a Christmas picture to go with cards that I purchased? The card says "Joy to the World" and "Peace". I have 2 children, a girl and a boy, 10 and 13. Thanks!
By Rebekah (Guest Post)11/13/20070 people found this helpful
One of my clients last year brought their children in for Christmas cards wearing their Christmas pajamas. She didn't want to bother buying them new Christmas outfits, and I think it came out really cute.
I need a cute caption for our Christmas card this year. I have a cute picture of my son sitting with his elbows on his knees and his chin in his hands. It looks like he is pouting. I may add an additional picture of him smiling also. Any ideas?
I was looking at the Christmas card photo ideas on this site and loved them! I always do a photo card for Christmas but this year I need some help. I have two dogs named Frank and Beans. I want to incorporate them in the picture with me and my husband. Does anyone have any cute ideas or a play on words with their names and somehow related to Christmas?
By nicole (Guest Post)12/05/20080 people found this helpful
Our dog playgroup had a xmas party where there was a santa for the dogs to take photos with. Our dog was NOT having it. So our photo is of Santa trying to hold onto our dog while she was darting out of the picture, the caption was "looks like someone's on the naughty list!"
We took a picture with my 8 year old girl holding a large gift tag attached to my 5 year old girl (who is all wrapped up in ribbon) that says: "To: Santa From: Your Secret Admirer". My youngest has a priceless "mad" face because she is offended that big sis is trying to give her away. I can't think of a cute saying to go with the card though! Any ideas?
We took several family Christmas pictures and in every picture my husband, my 8 year old, and I are smiling, but also in every picture my 4 year old is making a silly face. I would love for someone to help me come up with a Christmas card saying to match my silly 4 year old. Thanks.
Does anyone have any ideas for Christmas cards that would include my 4 kids? I have a step daughter 15, step son 10, a 9 year old son, and 5 year old son. Not sure what I am looking for, but any ideas would be great. Thanks.
I have seen this idea on Martha Stewart, have your children lay down and spell out the word "JOY". this could use 4 kids, one for the J, two for the O and one for the Y. You would have to get on a ladder to photograph it from above. The ones I saw looked really cute. Good Luck.
We married on the beach in Hawaii last August, sweet and simple, no guests. We'd like to use a wedding photo for a homemade Christmas card, (some friends and family haven't seen any of our wedding photos). Help!
Searching for ideas for Christmas this past year and not wanting to write a looong Christmas letter, I found this idea. I sat the kids in front of the tree, plopped Santa hats on their heads, added a bit of tape and VOILA, instant fun!
The kids giggled the entire time, it was the best picture of them. With the caption, "Silent Night, Holy Night...Yes...Yes It Is..." we got many compliments and laughter from family and friends. This was easy, cheap, and sooo much fun! I'm already looking for an idea for next year.
Source: This idea came from readers on this ThriftyFun website! =)
Does anyone have any ideas of what I can put for a caption on my Christmas card for my son? I took a picture of him making Christmas cookies and I remember seeing one but can't seem to find it. Can someone please help?
Shannon from east Lyme, CT
RE: Christmas Card Photo Caption Ideas
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