Sharing Holiday Traditions with Kathy Davis

Even though we like to think about giving all year long, it’s especially fun to be immersed in the season of giving! Because I like to be able to fully appreciate and enjoy everything that’s magical about the holidays, I need to have my holiday cards ready to start right after Thanksgiving. I do have to plan ahead and be very disciplined about my process, especially since I write a short letter to include…and I LOVE to decorate and hand-letter each envelope. But it really feels good after I’ve finished and the cards are ready to be mailed!

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You can find the Kathy Davis line of Christmas cards in a store near you!

Having finished my cards, it’s then time to start decorating our home for the holidays.  And because in early December here in the Pennsylvania, the landscape wasn’t yet covered with snow, we could get outside for our annual family “gathering of the greens.” When I was a little girl, my dad and I used to go outside before Christmas every year to search for evergreen boughs. We’d bundle up and clip greens and sprigs of holly berries and bring them inside. Then we’d display them all over the house, from the mantel to the dining room table, to the banister – any place at all that called for a touch of green. The best part was the fragrance. It was so wonderful to come home to that spicy-sweet aroma of pine.  We continue our “gathering of the greens” to this day, and it always takes me back to those great holiday memories of time spent with my dad.

What’s your approach to sending holiday cards? And how about your favorite holiday tradition? Every family seems to have a unique way of celebrating that passes through the generations making this time of year so special!

All of us at Kathy Davis Studios wish you and yours a beautiful holiday season and many opportunities to experience the joy and wonder it brings!

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Christmas Eve

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The spirit of Christmas can be found all around you — in the laughter of children as they play, in the flicker of a golden candleglow, in the magic of the first December snow,  in the voices of carolers singing and in the stars that shine above. As you celebrate this special holiday with family and friends, may you be inspired by the miracle of Christmas in your home, in your heart and in your world.  Wishing you all love, hope and peace from your friends at American Greetings.

In the mood board: Love, Hope, Peace ecard from American Greetings

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Christmas Traditions

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It’s Christmas—time for trimmed trees, lights, mistletoe, Santa, and of course, greeting cards. Have you ever wondered how these traditions started? Well, a quick trip around the world can answer that!

Trimming the Tree: In Germany, fir trees were associated with Christmas nearly 500 years ago, with fruit, flowers and candies used as decorations. Prince Albert brought the tree to England when he married Queen Victoria, and the tradition came to America with the Pennsylvania Germans. Along the way, new types of Christmas ornaments were added, from homemade ornaments to little presents and trinkets.

Christmas Lights: It’s said that Martin Luther, a famous German monk, was inspired by the heavenly stars to add candles to a fir tree. A large Christmas candle, symbolizing Christ as the Light of the World, still burns throughout Christmas night, especially in Europe.

Mistletoe: First used by the Norse as a symbol of peace– warriors would meet under it to reconcile. Other cultures saw it as a sign of fertility, and as a blend of both beliefs, today couples kiss under it.

Santa Claus: Most stories link the jolly fellow with St. Nicholas of Myra, (Turkey), who generously gave money and gifts to those in need. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, but it’s Father Frost who visits the children there. In other countries, such as Spain and Mexico, the Three Kings are also givers of gifts.

Greeting Cards: It’s back to England for the first commercial greeting card, created by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 because he was just too busy to write individual messages for his friends! He probably would have loved the time-saving benefit of personalized paper cards and ecards today, especially in sharing his still popular wish:

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You!

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Top Picks for Greetings

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The holiday season is all about connecting with your family and friends and what better way to share some cheer than by sending a special greeting. You can plan ahead and send a paper card, be creative and print your cards at home or be spontaneous and email the perfect greeting. Here are some of our top holiday picks:

1. Merry Mistletoad Talking Card – This ecard is all about the fun. Share some extra merry with all your family and friends by letting this mistletoad say what you type in the voice you choose. Be creative with your messaging and send it more than once this holiday season!

2.  A Touch of Christmas Magic Ecard – This popular card creates a magical experience for the recipient by letting them click through the beautiful imagery to unveil a heartfelt Christmas message. It’s a great choice for any time.

3.  Ornate Winter Sparkle Photo Card – This festive card is another great selection when you want to plan ahead and you have a special photo to share with your family and friends.

4.  Christmas Joy Printable Card – Special wishes for love, peace and joy make this holiday card a top pick. Easily created and printed from your home computer and personalizable with a photo and messaging, it’s a perfect solution for last minute needs.

5.   Winter Wobblers™ Cards – this new collection features iconic holiday characters that bop their heads to your favorite songs of the season. And don’t miss the extra jingle of the bell atop their festive hats.  Make the holiday season merry and bright with these upbeat, cute-as-can-be cards–find them at a retailer near you.

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Season’s Greetings

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‘Tis the season for party-going, mistletoe-ing, carol-singing, smile-bringing, cookie-baking and memory-making. In the spirit of opening your hearts and homes to family and friends this holiday, think about some special ways you can brighten the season for those around you. Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Be a Secret Santa to someone who might not otherwise receive a gift.
  • Take a shopping break and invite your friends over for some cookies and hot chocolate.
  • Include a personal note in your Christmas card to let people know that they are in your thoughts.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food bank.
  • Offer to babysit for a couple so that they can get a night out or do some shopping.
  • Think outside the gift box and give the “gift of presence” by spending time with family and friends.

In the mood board:  Snowflake Wishes ecard from American Greetings

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Holiday Prep Tips

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There is no shortage of exciting things going on as the holiday season gets into full swing.  From shopping and baking to planning for fun get-togethers, you have one exciting, yet full, calendar.  But with a little pre-planning, you can get ahead this holiday season.

 Try these tips to help you on your way:

  • Shopping lists:  Get a start on your shopping list by jotting down notes as you hear friends and family mention things that might make for a great gift.  Find that one thing they’ve been looking for forever or give them something you know they need just by being a little more observant.
  • Get a jump on your holiday card list:  Purchase your holiday cards early in order to get the best selection and to avoid holiday shipping delays.
  • Make a list and check it twice:  With your holiday cards in-hand, all you need to do is give your address book a quick update before signing, addressing, and popping them in the mail (or bundle them and wait until December 10th, if you want to send a little closer to the holidays.)
  • Smile for the camera:  The holiday season is the perfect time to take a family photo, and there’s no better way to share warm wishes than with those beautiful smiles.  Be sure to check out the wide selection of photo cardsonline.
  • Bake and freeze:  Lots of holiday cookie recipes can be made in advance and frozen so that you always have a tray of treats to take to a get-together.  Consider starting a cookie exchange with a group of friends to get the most variety out of your bulk-baking.
  • Master calendar:  Now’s a great time to create your master calendar for the holiday season.  Don’t forget to include all holiday parties (marking which ones you’ll need gifts for), gift shopping lists, and a plan for set up, cleaning, and cooking for all your get-togethers.
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Holiday Promotion

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The shopping season is officially here and what better way to get a jump start on your list than by buying your holiday cards now.  You’ll want to check out this special offer — 70% off all personalized holiday cards, plus we’ll mail them for FREEThere are hundreds of great designs that range from classic to contemporary – you’re sure to find the perfect card to personalize with a message or photo.  This great promotion runs now through December 2, so don’t miss out on sending more merry for less!                       Use coupon code:  XMAS70

In the mood board:  Knit Snowy Owls Card from American Greetings.

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