Archive for the ‘christmas ecards’ Category

It’s Not too Late to Send your Thanksgiving Ecards

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Aside from our really awesome brand new Thanksgiving ecard, we have a whole range of other ecards which have been hugely popular in the past few years. We know decision making can be hard so we thought we’d present you our top 3 thanksgiving ecards for you to send this Thursday. While you’re customising and sending your Thanksgiving e-cards, why not schedule all your Christmas ecards too?

#1 What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You?

New Thanksgiving Ecard

New Thanksgiving Ecard

#2 Turkey Breakout

Turkey Breakout 5 Christmas ecard from Katie's Cards

Turkey Breakout 5 Christmas ecard from Katie’s Cards

#3 Painted Turkeys

Traiditonal Thanksgiving Ecard

Traditional Thanksgiving Ecard

The countdown to Christmas has begun with only 1 month to go. We have a huge variety of Christmas ecards from the traditional to the funny, so get your Christmas greetings at the ready. If you’re always last minute at Christmas not to worry, send in an instant with Katie’s Cards – we promise we won’t tell!

Brand New Thanksgiving Ecard

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

What Does Thanksgiving Mean To You?

We are very proud to announce that we have added a brand new animated Thanksgiving ecard to the site for you customise and send this November. Before we present you with the finished ecard, we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of our design and creating process.

Thanksgiving Ecard Storyboard

Thanksgiving Ecard Storyboard

As you can see, the storyboard runs through all things Thanksgiving from its origins right up to the cherished traditions of the present day. From the exciting parades to the long journeys home and a huge feast, this new Thanksgiving e card includes every aspect of the holiday. Anyway, enough from us, click the image below and take a look for yourself.

New Thanksgiving Ecard

New Thanksgiving Ecard

Ecards are a great way for you to connect with loved ones around the holidays. From Christmas ecards to New Year ecards with unlimited sending, you’ll be able to keep in touch with family and friends near or far.

Do Something Grand

Friday, September 11th, 2015

This Sunday is National Grandparents Day; a day when grandparents are recognised and celebrated for their contribution to the family. Sometimes overlooked for all the love and hard work they put in over the years, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them and show them how appreciated they are.

Grandparents Day Ecard

Grandparents Day Ecard

So for all the treats they gave you that mum and dad wouldn’t allow, do something grand and show them how much they mean to you with a Grandparents Day ecard. Don’t forget to add your own message to your ecard for an added personal touch. If you’d like to go even further, Age Concern – the charity who brought this day to the UK – are always accepting volunteers for their befriending service.

Lots of big holidays are coming up over the next few months so make sure to sign up for an account with us and send unlimited amounts of Halloween ecards, Thanksgiving ecards, Christmas ecards and more!

Congratulate Their Hard Work

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The last month has seen a lot of nervous students eagerly awaiting results from from the past year of gruesome hard work. With the final batch of results, the dreaded GCSEs, having come and gone last week it’s time for everyone to sigh a breath of relief. So, whether they did great, or not as well as they’d hoped, it’s time to congratulate them on all the hard work and effort they put in and we have some ecards for you below that are perfect for the occasion.

Chalkboard Ecard

Congratulations Ecard

Congratulations Ecard

You Passed!

Congratulations

Congratulations

Exam Congrats Ecard

Congratulations on Exam Results E-card

Congratulations on Exam Results E-card

Each ecard has a blank space for you to customise with your own message letting them know just how how proud you are.

The next few months has a lot going on so check out our selection of Halloween ecards, Thanksgiving ecards and even Christmas ecards. With a selection of fun animations for every occasion, and unlimited sending with a Katie’s Cards ecard membership, sign up now and make the most of what we have to offer.

Long Live the Ecard

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

We saw an interesting article in the paper today that explained how friends and family are opting to send online greetings such as ecards to loved ones as a more creative option for Birthdays. Now we may be a little biased, but with fun, engaging animations on offer for all ages, with the option to customise with your own message, we’re inclined to agree.

So with this in mind we thought we’d unveil our top 3 most popular Birthday ecards just incase you’re looking for a little inspiration. Click on the images to watch the animated versions.

#1 The Cake Maker Birthday Ecard

Birthday Ecards

Birthday Ecards

#2 Birthday Fireworks

Birthday Fireworks Ecard

Birthday Fireworks Ecard

#3 Birthday Flowers

Birthday Flowers Ecard

Birthday Flowers Ecard

 

Don’t forget we have collections of Christmas ecards, Halloween ecards, Invitation ecard, Engagement ecards and more. With a Katie’s Cards membership you can send an unlimited amount of ecards.

Summer Birthdays

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Summer brings an influx of Birthday’s, which means one thing; getting creative when planning the celebrations. With just a few bits and pieces, it’s easy to create an outdoor oasis to make the most of the warm weather, and gather a few friends and family together. After looking around for inspiration, we found a couple of great ideas for an evening or daytime event.

Garden Party

Photos courtesy of, http://tinyurl.com/cmrrvus & http://tinyurl.com/ot2yefc

For an evening meal or gathering, you can go a long way by adding a few simple features to a garden or park. Buntings, mason jars, candles and some string lights make any outdoor space a great place to celebrate. On the other hand, if you’re planning a daytime Birthday, a few cushions, blankets and scarfs can make a great relaxation spot to gather friends and family and relax.

Ecards

Continuing on in the summery theme, we have an ideal selection of seasonally inspired Birthday ecards. Here are just a couple you could send to loved ones over the coming months.

Fairies Birthday E-card

Fairies Birthday Ecard

Fairies Birthday Ecard

Flowers Birthday Ecard

'Floral Birthday' birthday e card

‘Floral Birthday’ birthday e card from www.katiescards.com

Don’t forget you can pre-schedule all our birthday e cards to go out on the date, or alternatively, send them in an instant. A Katie’s Cards membership allows you unlimited sending on all our ecards for the duration of your membership so remember to check out our selection of Christmas ecards, Halloween ecards and more.

 

July 4th Ecards

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Independence Day is just two days away and we wanted to show you a few ways we can help you celebrate it in style. We thought we’d share our July 4th Pinterest board with you which has some great ideas for making themed accessories and foods to match the celebrations.

July 4th Cupcake Idea

July 4th Cupcake Idea

We have a great selection of July 4th ecards that are ideal for reaching out to loved ones you can’t be with on the day.

Katie's Cards 4th July Ecard

Katie’s Cards 4th July Ecard

 

Sending a personalised greeting is a great way to send a message of care to loved ones with some patriotic spirit. View our selection of imaginative animated July 4th ecards here, and Happy 4th July from Katie’s Cards.

Sending is made easy at Katie’s Cards where you can choose to send all our ecards straight away or schedule them to be sent out at a later date. View our Birthday ecards, Halloween ecards and Christmas ecards here.

 

Father’s Day is Approaching

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Father’s Day is just three days away and while we all like to think we’ll be prepared way ahead of the date, that’s not always the case. Over the years we’ve learnt that there are always (quite) a few of us who don’t have time to make arrangements way ahead of the date, so we thought we’d lend a helping hand by reminding you it’s not too late to order your Father’s Day ecard. Even if you haven’t gotten one by Sunday, make use of our instant sending option.

To help you choose which to send to your dad, we’ve cherry picked a couple from our collection below. If neither of these fit what you’re looking for, head over to our Father’s Day category to pick from the rest of our varied collection.

For the sporty dads our Golfer ecard is always a success,

Golfer Father's Day Ecard

Golfer Father’s Day Ecard

 

For the modest dads, show him what he means to you with the Superdad ecard,

Superdad Father's Day Ecard

Superdad Father’s Day Ecard

 

Send instantly, or pre-schedule your card beforehand to arrive on the date, at a time to suit you.

Don’t forget you can send an unlimited amount of ecards with your Katie’s Cards membership so check out our Birthday ecards, Christmas e cards and our other ecard categories for a range of annual events.

The Environmentally Friendly You

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Today is Earth Day; a day where events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Protecting our planet is so important and there are so many ways we can go about doing it. While our team here at Katie’s Cards can’t help with every way, we can certainly help with one. Sending ecards is an environmentally friendly way of wishing your friends and family your best wishes for a number of annual events, all while saving paper – and money.

Earth Day Ecard

A Snippet of our Earth Day Ecard; Spread the Word

 

When you think about the number of paper cards you send out every year, that adds up to an awful lot of paper. At Katie’s Cards we don’t just have Birthday ecards, oh no, we also have a huge range of Christmas ecards and greetings for loads of other annual occasions. With a Katie’s Cards membership giving you unlimited sending, just think how much paper, and how many trees, you could be saving.

Now we’re not just advocates of ecards because they’re so kind to the planet, although that’s the main reason we love them –  they also save time. You can send ecards to individuals or to many. You can send them near and far in an instant. Or schedule for a later date if that suits. The point is you can protect the planet with small changes, which are actually beneficial to you. There’s no need to worry if mums Mother’s Day card will get lost in the post, send with Katie’s Cards in an instant.

Merry Christmas from Katie’s Cards

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Well, we can’t quite believe it’s here already but it is!

And so, we’d like to say thank you to our members for your support and wish a very Happy Christmas and New Year to one and all with a simple…

Merry Christmas 

 

Season's Greetings from our latest Turkey Ecard

Season’s Greetings from our latest Turkey Ecard

 

 

See you in 2015!

 

 

6 of the Weirdest Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Here in the Katie’s Cards workshop, we’re all pretty excited about the upcoming festivities.

And to celebrate the fact that it’s just two weeks until the big day, we’re sharing some of the weirdest (and most wonderful!) Christmas Traditions from around the world.

First stop, Venezuela…

1) VENEZUELA

In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, the roads of the city are closed to people travelling by car on Christmas Eve. Why, you ask? So people can roller-skate to Mass… obviously.

2) SWEDEN

In Sweden in a town called Gavle, a giant goat of straw is erected every year to mark the start of the festive period. Vandals try their hardest to burn the goat down to the ground before Christmas day. And in the 40 years of this tradition, the straw goat has only ever lived to see the bright lights of Christmas Morning 10 times.

3) JAPAN

When it comes to Christmas Dinner in Japan, you won’t find anyone slaving over a hot stove – instead, a growing number of the Japanese population decide to opt for KFC on Christmas Day to fill their boots with finger lickin’ chicken rather than turkey. In fact, thanks to the Colonel’s secret recipe used in creating the perfect Christmas marketing campaigns for Japan over the years, you’d need to book a table in advance to eat at KFC on Christmas Day.

4) GREENLAND

The Japanese aren’t the only ones to mix things up on the Christmas day menu. In Greenland, “Kiviak” is the dish of the day. This culinary delight is sort of like a pig in blanket — except the pig consists of the raw flesh of an auk (that’s the bird and *not* the goblin-type creatures found in the Lord of the Rings) and the blanket is seal skin. This is then placed under a rock for several months to decompose until, voila! It’s ripe and ready for eating…and just in time for the Queen’s speech too.

5) SPAIN, PORTUGAL & ITALY

In some nativity scenes across Italy, Spain and Portugal, you might be surprised to find a “Caganer” figurine beside Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The “Caganer” is traditionally a male figure caught with his pants down, defecating. The origin of this Catalan tradition, which is thought to date as far back as the 18th Century, is unknown – as is the exact reason why you’ll find this little chap by the manger in some regions of Europe.

6) IRELAND

While everyone else is doling out the Egg Nog and Milk to Santa and his Reindeer, in the Emerald Isles, only a bottle of the black stuff (Guinness) is good enough. Ok, so this tradition’s not so weird – but it is very Irish and we love it. Particularly as it reminds us of a certain St Patrick’s Day E-card…

So that’s about it (for now) from our international tour of the weird and wonderful and we hope you enjoy sending out our wide range of Christmas ecards to family and friends – wherever they may be.

And whatever your traditions at Christmas might be – we wish you a very merry one.

What’s the Best Greeting for a Christmas Card?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The best way to pass on good wishes for the festive season can often be a subject of much debate and consideration when the time comes to send out the annual flurry of Christmas ecards

The question is: should you wish a simple Season’s Greetings, a very Merry Christmas or a heartfelt Happy Holidays?

Well, according to one journalist writing in The Guardian, the best way to wish festive greetings is with a ‘Merry Christmas’.

Writer, Heather Long, argues that this sentiment, which tends to be the preferred choice in the UK, should be adopted more widely as it invites everyone wished a ‘Merry Christmas’ to feel a part of the celebrations.

She suggests that while our friends across the pond have opted for the more neutral greeting of ‘Happy Holidays’, Britons have historically and predominantly shared in the sentiment of ‘Merry Christmas’ in a bid to encourage all to join in. She writes:

I’d rather be able to wish people a Merry Christmas this week without having to worry if they’ll be offended. I’d also rather have people wish me Happy Hanukkah, Happy Diwali or Eid Mubarak when those holidays come around. It makes me feel more a part of their celebration. Let’s call each holiday what it is instead of trying to lump Jewish, Christian and even the Kwanzaa ritual together.”

Do you agree? What greeting do you normally go for when writing out the personal message for your Christmas E Cards? And if you’re already a member of Katie’s Cards and have sent your ecards for Christmas – which greeting have you opted for?

Must Know Tips for a Stress Free Christmas… Yes, in July.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Every year, we live under the false pretence that ‘this year’ we’ll be organised for Christmas and swan around smugly while everyone else runs around like headless chickens. But in my case at least, before I know it it’s Christmas Eve and I’m in the biggest last minute shopper showdown of the year… over a chocolate Santa. So, it may be five months early but I’ve come up with a fool proof way to cut costs, budget, and be ready to enjoy the season stress free.

Christmas Wrapping Paper

Be prepared, or prepare to get creative, courtesy of http://imgur.com/5UGUz

#1 Make a list

Santa knows whats what. Make a list, you don’t have to split it into naughty and nice though, let’s not go overboard. Making a list helps you to distinguish who you want to get gifts for and what to get them. Otherwise we end up wasting money on things people don’t want or buying them more than one gift (heaven forbid). Doing a list like this early also means if someone says they like something in the coming months, you can get it on the list pronto. Voila, always listen to Santa.

#2 The genius monthly purchase plan

I really shouldn’t be sharing this with you or my smug swanning around will be completely negated by the fact that the rest of you are but, I have three words for you, monthly gift buying. If you buy two gifts per month starting from now to Christmas, your bank account won’t suffer in December and you’ll have 12 gifts in the bag!

#3 Online Shopping

There’s always someone who wants something that everyone else wants (me). If you wait until pretty much any time in December it won’t arrive till 2015 and you know it. If you see something at any time, order it – it’s worth it.

#4 Pre-schedule Christmas ecards

No, I’m not kidding. At Katie’s Cards, you could actually order all your Christmas e-cards now completely erase this tedious aspect of the holidays from your mind. You’ll save money, time, postage (yawn) and probably win some kind of Christmas award for sending the best card. Best of all, if you forget someone on your list, which we all do – don’t feel bad, you can pop on the site and send one in minutes, so they’ll never know.

Merry Christmas.

Recycling Facts That Could Save the World

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Debates surrounding our environment and how we can care for it are rifer than ever before. While there are many supporters of the environmentally friendly, green living movement, there is also an understandable consensus that the acts of a single individual will not be enough to make an impact in the grand scheme of things. It really isn’t easy being green, or is it? If we each reduce our footprint on the planet by recycling and reusing resources, the effects could be much more effective than we think. So, we’ve scoured the web for some of the most mind blowing facts that prove how big of an effect a small ‘individual’ change can have.

  1. Recycling 1 can of aluminium provides enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
  2. Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrel of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
  3. Food waste disposed of in landfills creates large quantities of methane gas, which contribute towards greenhouse gasses and global warming. By capturing the bio gas from just 1 tonne of food waste, 1 tonne of carbon dioxide emissions are prevented from entering the atmosphere. To put this in perspective; 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste is produced every year.
  4. An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States. Enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one less card, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.

paper

Ultimately, recycling is necessary. It not only has huge impacts on the environment, it creates awareness and forces us to acknowledge limitations of what we use and how much we waste. If you’re thinking of ways you can help have an impact, well, we have just the answer…

ENTER, THE ECARD.

See the thing is, sending an ecard enables you to show a loved one you care, while also translating an important ecological message, which in turn equates to the promotion of the health of our planet. So for the next holiday or celebration, send a Birthday ecard, Christmas ecards, Halloween ecards and others at Katie’s Cards and make a big change.

Floral Ecard Inspiration from Hampton Court

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

It’s the final day of the Hampton Court Flower Show this Sunday (13th July).

The Hampton Court Flower Show is a great event where people come from miles around to look at the incredible displays and get top tips from the heroes of the horticultural world.

And all this  happens, every year, just down the road from our little office in Teddington.

Floral Marquee at the Hampton Court Flower Show

Floral Marquee at Hampton Court Flower Show.
Image Courtesy of David Hawgood

But apart from the traffic disruption and the definite increase in bewildered-looking passengers on the public transport system – it was only today that we realised the true impact of this annual tradition on our collection of e cards.

The floral can be found throughout the majority of the categories on Katie’s Cards. Perhaps with the exception of the Christmas ecards – where the snowflakes and fir trees replace the need for flowers and lush, bucolic vistas.

It’s usually about this time of year that we tend to add a few more summery ecards. In the past, this included the ‘Flowers’ and ‘Terrace’ Birthday ecards, along with our ‘Gardener’ anniversary e greeting.

Holiday terrace floral themed ecard

Terrace Birthday Ecard

Gardening Ecard for Anniversaries

Gardener’s Anniversary Ecard

Yes, it’s quite clear that we’re partial to a posy – and as it’s that time of year again, remember to keep your ear to the flower beds for more new ecards featuring all things floral courtesy of Katie’s Cards.

Why Do We Celebrate Birthdays?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Sounds like a silly question doesn’t it?

After all, why wouldn’t we want to mark the very important day that we were born?

Not to mention that it’s basically a free 24 hour pass to do what you like; have a party, catch up with friends and family, open some presents and eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But this isn’t quite about why, but how we came to celebrate birthdays in the way we do.

So hold onto your party hats, because we’re going to have to go quite a way back to work this one out…

Lighting the candles on a Happy Birthday cake

Let’s Get This Birthday Party Started

Ancient Egyptians can be traced as one of the earliest civilizations to at least take notice of a birthday as recorded in the Bible. It was, however, a Pharaoh’s birthday and Egyptologists have suggested that this mention referred to a coronation anniversary rather than an actual birth-date. Once crowned, Egyptian royals were considered to have transcended mortality and entered the realm of the Gods.

Birthday Cake? Sounds a Bit Greek

As a tribute to the Lunar Goddess, Artemis, the Greeks made cakes in the shape of the moon. They used candles on the cakes to recreate the glowing effect of the moon – a symbol of the Goddess’ luminescent beauty.

What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?

Well, they certainly seem to have been the first civilization to celebrate birthday on behalf of the common man. And when we say ‘man’, we mean it. Women at that time were not considered worthy of such a fuss. It took until around the 12th century for females to be able to celebrate on their birthday.

Romans lucky enough to reach their 50th would be rewarded with a cake made of wheat flour, olive oil, honey and cheese. And although they weren’t quite sending e cards yet, Romans did enjoy a good old fashioned shindig.

Christmas Birthdays – So Annoying

Original sin along with the associations to the worship of pagan deities prevented the Christian religion from adopting the idea of birthdays for quite some time. It wasn’t until the 4th Century and the introduction of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ that they were no longer considered unholy and hedonistic.

Yet Christmas celebrations as we know them now didn’t really take off until the Victorian era. The first Christmas card was only introduced in 1843. Christmas e-cards on the other hand, are unsurprisingly a much more recent invention with the first ‘electronic postcard’ being sent in 1994.

Ein Kinderfeste Ist Gut, Ja?

It was in 18th Century Europe where the Germans seem to be the likeliest of instigators of the contemporary children’s birthday party. Kinderfeste involved a birthday cake with candles for each year – along with an extra one for the hope of another full year lived. Pretty morbid, we grant you. But infant mortality rates were high back then. It’s also thought that the tradition of making a wish when you blow out your candles was born out of the same superstition.

Happy Birthday was a Cover

Here’s a bit of a birthday bombshell for you. You know that song that everybody sings on your birthday, that you can’t show on TV without paying loads of royalties? It’s not even an original. Back in 1893, Patty and Mildred J. Hill wrote and composed a simple song called ‘Good Morning To All’ intended to be used in schools. It became prevalent all across America, sparking off variations left, right and centre, until Robert Coleman added some of his own lyrics then published it in his songbook in 1924. The rest, as they say, is history.

You could say it’s been a bit of a slow burn getting there, but just look at us now… We’ve got cake, we’ve got candles, a personalised song, party, presents and of course the humble birthday card.

As birthday traditions continue you to develop we also have the internet, that most marvelous of modern inventions, to thank for the introduction of Birthday ecards.

 

And that’s why it’s fascinating to think where birthday celebrations came from and where they might go in the future.

Birthday Ecard Happy Birthday Billboard Animation

The Animated Billboard Birthday Ecard from Katie’s Cards

 

 

And the winner is…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

KC’s Top 5

We know it’s never fair to have favourites and, really, we love them all equally… but seeing as it is awards season, we thought it might be fun to share our top picks from some our most popular categories.

Don’t worry – we’ll try to keep the speeches short.

#1 4th Birthday Monkey (Birthday)

4 birthday BOY

For your little monkeys on their 4th Birthday

This is one of our newest ecards added to the site. It’s just one of our new range of milestone age birthday cards for children which feature dinosaurs, lions, and fish. We really love these cheeky monkeys and something tells us that your cheeky monkeys will love them too.

# 2 Cheesy Valentine (Valentine’s Day)

MR-CHEESE

For Valentine’s puns riper than the bluest stilton check out Mr Cheese

We know we’ve been banging on about this one loads but we’re really proud of the idea and the way that it looks. Valentine’s is over for another year, but we’ve got a feeling this one will ‘Brie’ around for a long time to ‘crumb’. Eugh. We’re sorry.

# 3 Cake Game (Birthday)

The Cakemunchers Birthday game - nearly as addictive as frosted icing.

The Cakemunchers Birthday game – nearly as addictive as frosted icing.

The Cake Game isn’t just a really cool looking card but a really addictive game too. We’re ashamed to say that even out of office hours we’ve found ourselves loading up this one for ‘just a couple more gos’. And for little ones (yes, that’s who the game is really designed for) there’s a choice of pink or blue.

#4 Turkey Breakout 2 (Christmas)

Find out what happens our turkeys on the run in this entertaining ecard

Find out what happens our turkeys on the run in this entertaining ecard

Is it too early to send your Christmas cards? Probably a smigden. But we wouldn’t blame you wanting to send this entertaining ecard with a slightly dark, but ultimately funny, ending.

#5 Supermum (Mother’s Day)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Supermum, silly!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Supermum, silly!

Christmas may be ages away, but don’t forget about Mum on Sunday 30th March (or Sunday 11th May if you’re in the U.S.) This ecard gives an exclusive glimpse at a day in the life of Superman – ahem – or should we say Mum (wink, wink.)

So there you have it. To the winners we say congratulations and to the runners up we say better luck next ye–

— Wait, please… don’t play the music yet!

The De-baubling Blues

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I’m probably not the only one who hates this time of year. Christmas is well and truly behind us, and the rest of winter we’ve yet to endure. But it isn’t the flood warnings, the cold weather, the early morning get-ups or the lack of holiday days left in the calendar, no. Of course, all those things don’t help – but the thing I like least of all is taking down the Christmas decorations.

Today is Epiphany or the twelfth day which well and truly marks the end of Christmas. If you’re the superstitious type, it’s widely accepted that taking them down any time after today is a recipe for bad luck. And if you’re really superstitious and not very organised you might be forced to leave them up all year. Either way, it probably won’t be the best start to 2014.

But I do detest all this de-baubling. It’s a terribly depressing thing to do – carefully packing away the Christmas tree lights and knowing that, inexplicably, you’ll return to them in a year’s time and they’ll be a bundled up mess of wires. Stuffing tinsel and decorations into boxes and suffering the scratched skin rashes symptomatic of folding down the branches of an artificial tree that surely never really fitted into that box??

And then there’s the Christmas cards. I’ve never really gotten over the pang of guilt as I remove each and every last Christmas card hung on strings or slumped by the mantelpiece. After all, someone took the time and effort to choose their cards, hand-write them and pop it in my letterbox or in the post. And here I am, hovering a glittery cartoon robin over the recycling bin, its eyes all of sudden filling with sorrow. And I would keep it if I could. I’d keep them all. Honest. But I can’t. Besides all the superfluous smellies and socks, there’s simply no room.

If only there was a way to send Christmas cards that didn’t use paper…

Fully fledged Christmas mode

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

There comes a time in each of our young lives when we learn that Christmas is not a celebration of how well we behave a few short weeks of the year. This unfortunate discovery can often lead to annoyance as we have to try a little harder to make ourselves feel Christmassy.

The point being, feeling Christmassy is something we may have to work at as we get older! Our Pinterest board has some wonderful DIY creative decorating and wrapping solutions that definitely have a boosting agent for that warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling whilst also helping get the family together.

Cornstarch and baking soda recipe

Also do not forget it is not too late to send holiday greetings from our Christmas ecard category to those people you may have forgotten about in the chaos of the season; that is forgotten about until you annoyingly receive a card from them a couple of days before Christmas!

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Have a lovely Christmas Eve, Katie x

Give these Birds a Break this Christmas

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Christmas dinner done differently

If our last post and latest Turkey Breakout ecard had you feeling sorry for our ill-fated feathery friends, we thought we’d take this opportunity to offer some alternative festive recipes to the traditional with some of these tasty twists:

• If you still feel like keeping things nostalgic, why not go all Dickensian this year and try cooking this classic roast goose with cider gravy. It’s a slightly pricier bird, but with its crisp skin and succulent, rich flavour, the turkey’s oldest Christmas contender is well worth it.

Give these birds a break this Christmas

Turkey Breakout 5 ecard

• Give the birds a break this Christmas and instead opt for an impressive feast of roast suckling pig for not much more than you’d spend on the average turkey.

• Whether your veggie or just looking for something that won’t leave you feeling bloated and guilt-ridden this Christmas, try the thoroughly festive parsnip, cranberry and chestnut loaf.

If none of those are quite alternative enough, maybe you could be tempted with a spot of reindeer? But surely, we couldn’t do that… could we?