Posts Tagged ‘christmas ecards’

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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

 

 

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?

 

12 Saves of Christmas

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas comes but once a year. And without meaning to sound like a Scrooge, we say: ‘thank goodness!’

Christmas is great but it can be very costly too. Check out these 12 tips for cutting costs:

1)      Set yourself a budget

The first thing you should do is set a budget and stick to it! Remember Christmas isn’t about the stacks of presents and mountains of food. Try not to put too much emphasis on the commercial side of Christmas and instead focus on the family and friends around you. Christmas is a lovely time of year but it’s not worth getting into debt over.

2)      Order your shopping online

Fall not ye for the special offers and abundance of cheese available. Instead, opt for grocery shopping from your own home. We know it costs to get it delivered but you’ll have the advantage of checking your cupboards as you shop so you don’t double up on supplies, whilst also being able to organise your festive menu – hopefully stopping you from over-spending (and over-eating too!)

3)      Use cashback sites

If you do a lot of your shopping online, consider using cashback sites where you can sign up for free and earn money by purchasing products via their site. Companies offer cashback sites money for referring customers to them – they pass a percentage of this reward back to you.

4)      Send ecards

Sending Christmas cards can be really expensive, especially when you factor in the cost of stamps. On the other hand, sending Season’s Greetings is a nice way of keeping in touch and letting those faraway friends and family know you’re thinking of them. There is a compromise. Sending ecards is cheap and quick to do. Ecard sites usually work on a membership basis where you can send unlimited cards for a small annual subscription. We offer 12 months unlimited ecard membership for £7.50.

5)      Alternative wrapping

You’ve bought the gifts, you’ve sent your Christmas ecards. What comes next? Wrapping. And if you’re not careful you can spend a small fortune on paper that will probably be in the recycling bin by the time the turkey hits the table. So consider recycling materials from the get go, with some of these alternative methods of wrapping.

6)      Take part in ‘Secret Santa’

Secret Santa is a great way of limiting the amount of presents that you need to add to your already substantial Christmas list. These work particularly well in the workplace and often benefit from an imposed price limit of £5-£10; no-one will be expecting anything too fancy and the ‘secret’ element adds a bit of excitement and mystery to gift-giving at work.

7)      Make Homemade Decorations

Rather than buying a new bauble for the tree or extra decorations why not have a go at making some of your own? You might not have a huge amount of time – what with Nativity plays and Christmas shopping – but this is a great way to create some unique decorations. And with sites like Pinterest, you’ll never be stuck for homemade decoration ideas. Get the kids involved and make something that you’ll treasure forever.

8)      Consider sharing entertaining costs

If you’re sharing the big day with others, consider sharing the costs too. If you’re hosting it’s not unreasonable to ask whether your guests are able to contribute a little something to the celebrations. If you’d rather money didn’t exchange hands, you could suggest that each person could provide a crucial component of Christmas dinner such as drinks or desserts.

9)      Make your presents

How many times have you heard the phrase ‘it’s the thought that counts?’ So what could be more thoughtful than taking the time to make someone a present? It doesn’t have to anything too complex, a batch of homemade mince pies or one of those decorations that you made with the kids could be the perfect way to say happy holidays without breaking the bank.

10)   Take advantage of free entertainment

Whilst you might be spending quite a bit on gifts and food this Christmas, thankfully, there’s plenty of free entertainment on offer to help get you in the mood for Christmas. Wander Christmas Markets, attend your local church’s carol service and even just get cosy in front of the box and enjoy a packed schedule of top telly.

11)   Use your loyalty points

Christmas is the perfect time to spend all those Boots, Tesco and Nectar Card points you’ve been saving up all year. Look out for special promotions in the lead-up to Christmas from retailers that could help your points go further.

12)   Be social and save

There are thousands of articles out there with great advice on how to save and be resourceful; use sites like Twitter and Pinterest to find money saving tips. Also, retailers often use their online presence to publicise special offers to their followers, so don’t forget to follow your favourites and keep a keen eye out for any deals available.

All these tips are useful in a practical sense but we think the best piece of advice we can give you is to just enjoy it. Try not to get stressed if things don’t go to plan, with good company and a relaxed atmosphere, we’re sure you’ll have a very happy Christmas.

Time, Turkeys and Traditions at Christmas

Monday, December 16th, 2013

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Christmas is a really important time for us. Not only are we like little kids when it comes to the festive period but it’s also our busiest time of the year; answering emails, dealing with phone enquiries, as well as trying to expand our range to give our brilliantly loyal customers better and ever-growing choice.

But it might surprise you to learn that this year marks our fifth Christmas. And if truth be told, we can hardly believe it either. Time goes so fast and seems ever more fleeting, especially in December – can it really be Christmas next week?

Yet, amidst all the rushing around and excitement this Christmas, we didn’t want to forget to tell you about our new Christmas ‘Turkey Breakout’ ecard.

As sure as mistletoe under the archway and stockings hung by the fireplace, at Katie’s Cards we love a good Christmas tradition. Ours comes in the form of the release of our annual great-escape style animated ecard starring a couple of courageous turkeys that, over the years, we’ve really grown to love.

Turkey Breakout 5, our fifth incarnation, takes inspiration from the daring deeds of Evil Knieval as the turkeys attempt to escape the farm by jumping straight into cannon that’s ready to blow.

Watch Turkey Breakout 5 to find out if theirs will be a happy holiday.

Every year we try and outdo the last turkey card and we have to admit that we have great fun finding new methods of escape. And whether the turkeys are successful or not, you always end up rooting for them… so much so, that we often spare a thought for them whilst eating Christmas dinner!

New corporate ecard website Ecard Mint up and running

Monday, November 11th, 2013

We’re eager to share the launch of Ecard Mint with you today! The website, which is now live, will be taking over from the Company Christmas Ecard side of the Katie’s Cards website. A wide array of categories are available with ecards cards suited for a variety of different business applications. With a friendly user interface, businesses can enhance engagement with customers and staff with the beneficial aspect of boosting marketing avenues and conveying an environmentally friendly social ethos.

 

Anyway, we’ll stop telling you about it and just let you look! Click here to browse the site!

Brand new ecard in time for Christmas

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Christmas is a chaotic time of the year for us all what with buying presents, wrapping and sending cards! Here at Katie’s Cards, we’re already busy working hard to meet the high demands of Christmas and have designed a new Christmas ecard for you that we will be adding to the Christmas Ecard section of our site in time for the seasonal period.

 

Design Preview of New Christmas Ecard Featuring The Naughty Snowman!

Design Preview of New Christmas Ecard Featuring The Naughty Snowman!

 

Story Board For New Ecard

Story Board For New Ecard

This is a little preview of what we’ll be putting up. This ecard features the return of our naughty snowman who is causing all new kinds of trouble. In this animated ecard, the naughty snowman will be trying to destroy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with a huge star on top but will he succeed?

Let us know what you think on facebook!

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Here at Katie’s Cards, we care about the environment and know that there’s just under five weeks until the Christmas season is in fully fledged festivity mode. So, we’ve got some tips on how to make your Christmas a truly green one whilst also reducing the budget.

  • For a cheap and recyclable solution to your Christmas tree decoration’s, painted egg shells are ideal. Make a hole in the top of the egg, empty the contents and give it a wash. Then you can paint your egg shell however you like and alas you’ve got yourself a home made Eco friendly solution!

    Painted Eggs, courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/oht3lqc

  • Next on our top tips, pine cones! Pine cones are another wonderful and natural resource to add an Eco friendly seasonal feel to your home. You can paint them, cover them in glitter, stick sequins to them, pretty much do whatever you like! Then simply attach a string.

Beautiful Pine Cone Decorations Courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/nd23ufe

 

We’ve found some ways for you to create Eco friendly Christmas decorations that will also bring some fun to your household. In the countdown to Christmas we will be giving more tips! Also, here is a Christmas ecard from our collection you might like. You can find and send this ecard by clicking here. Look at our Pinterest for more Christmas ideas.

 

Share Your Appreciation This Thanksgiving

Friday, October 18th, 2013

We have a range of 9 Thanksgiving cards that are the perfect way to show everyone you care.

Katie's Cards turkey ecard

Thanksgiving Turkey Ecard

 

This wonderful animated ecard is one of our Thanksgiving cards that can also be used for Christmas! Its seasonal feel and beautiful design is sure to brighten anyone’s day! We also have a game ecards which bring lots of fun and entertainment!

With less than two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, we thought we’d give you some tips on how to get through the day relatively stress free!

  1. Delegate tasks to all members of the family; give everyone one job to do, it not only gets everyone involved and doing things together, it makes life a lot easier for you!
  2. Preparation: There’s a lot to be said for starting to prepare as early as possible! Imperishable  ingredients bought a couple of weeks in advance will take the stress off when everything else needs buying.
  3. Turkey: The most important part of the meal. Make sure you’ve arranged to get your turkey before hand whether its frozen or fresh!
  4. Decoration and guest list: Ensure you’ve invited everyone and find out what they’ll be bringing with them. Also start preparing your decorations which will add a little magic to your thanksgiving.
  5. Don’t forget to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving!

We also have a couple of fun trivia facts!

  • The average person consumes 4500 calories on thanksgiving and 229 grams of fat
  • Pumpkin pie is the most popular pie for thanksgiving
  • 400 million pounds of cranberry is consumed each year!
  • The average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 16 pounds

Share your Thanksgiving stories with us at Katie’s Cards 

“309 Days Until Christmas”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

On a recent trip to Amsterdam, we were tickled by seeing this sign hanging up on the wall of a shop. Christmas is the busiest time of year at Katie’s Cards …  In fact, last year was a record-breaking year in terms of the number of corporate customers we had. Maybe we should get one of these signs to hang on the wall of the office so we can have our own Christmas countdown?

http://www.katiescards.com/ecards/christmas-ecards

Our Christmas Ecards remain on the Katie’s Cards website all year round and so, if you want to be really organised, you can pre-schedule them now to be sent in December 2013…

 

Our Top 3 E-Cards of 2012

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The end of the year is always a time to reflect and look back on the year that was 2012. We’ve had a look through all the e-cards sent this year and have compiled our top three e-cards of 2012.

Here are our Top 3 E-cards of 2012:

1. Birthday Cake Maker

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

Birthday Cake Maker - a birthday e-card from KatiesCards.com

This fun and inventive birthday e-card shows an elaborate machine that makes a birthday cake. E-cards for birthdays are very popular but this one beat them all.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/birthday-cake-maker

2. Christmas Cottage

Christmas Cottage Ecard

Christmas Cottage Ecard

This beautiful and elegant Christmas ecard looks like a chocolate box cover. With a traditional greeting this e-card captures the magic of Christmas and gives the viewer a warm and nostalgic glow.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/christmas-cottage

3. Turkey Olympics

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Turkey Olympics Xmas Escape

Not surprisingly our Turkey Olympics Christmas e-card proved to be a big hit in 2012. The London Olympics of 2012 was a definite highlight here at KatiesCards.com – it was great to see the Torch relay and Cycling near to our office.

Preview: http://www.katiescards.com/preview/turkey-olympicsxmas

2012 has been fun and our top 3 e-cards for the year include classics and new designs.

Which is your favourite?

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at Katie’s Cards. The busy holiday season always seems to go by in a flash in the busy Katie’s Cards office and I’d like to thank you all for your support and positive comments throughout.

I look forward to designing many more ecards in the New Year!

Katie x

It’s still not too late to send your Christmas ecards!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The big day is almost here! The final presents are being wrapped, the children are bouncing off the walls with excitement and Father Christmas is preparing his sleigh and feeding the reindeer…

Christmas Presents

Christmas Presents Ecard

If, in the midst of all of the preparations, you have forgotten to send out some of your Christmas cards then don’t panic! By joining Katie’s Cards, you can rest assured that your Christmas ecards will make it to your friends and family across the world by Christmas morning, even if you send them today. You can either choose to send them immediately or you can have them waiting in the inboxes of your loved ones as an extra little surprise on Christmas morning…

The main benefits of sending Christmas ecards this year

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Christmas is a busy time. With all the organisation, the parties and the present buying you’ll always forget to send someone (or everyone) a Christmas card.

Jingle Bell Jive

More people than ever are sending Christmas ecards and there are many benefits of doing so:

  • Speed – there is nothing faster to send and receive than an ecard; it is practically instant.
  • Cost – Most subscription fees are minimal and for the cost of approximately two printed cards and postage you can send unlimited ecards.
  • Social – many people enjoy receiving their ecard on Facebook. You can post the card on their wall or send it in a message so they can view your greetings in a social media account they access multiple times a day.
  • Last minute – there are no last postage dates for ecards. You can send it all the way up to Christmas Day (or even on the big day itself!) and your friends and family will still receive it in time.
  • Animated – unlike a paper card, an ecard can be animated meaning it’s fun, dynamic and entertaining.
  • Interactive – an ecard can be a game to while away the hours at Christmas.
  • Sound & music – there is nothing more festive than Christmassy songs and sound effects and Christmas ecards can really capture the spirit of Christmas by playing your favourite Christmas songs as you view them.

There are many benefits to sending Christmas ecards and it’s not too late to send your ecards with Katie’s Cards now.

Five ideas to keep the peace this Christmas

Friday, December 21st, 2012

With the hussle and bussle of visitors and the rush of house guests, Christmas can be a stressful time. When all the family are at home it’s easy for tensions to rise and emotions to boil over.

Christmas Tree Ecard

To help you through this festive period here are our five top tips to help keep the peace:

1. Have a family meeting

Sit everyone down and discuss the plans over the Christmas period. Agree some rules and be clear about what’s going to happen and what’s expected from everyone.

2. Keep them occupied

Being busy usually helps distract kids from bickering. Give them things to do such as peeling the vegetables, doing a quiz, drawing or reading. However, don’t feel like you have to fill all of their free time. There are plenty of distractions at Christmas, so don’t pressurise yourself.

3. Keep rivals separate

Try to keep the people who may cause arguments separate from each other. Make sure they are in separate groups and, if they’re adults, reduce the drink you give them.

4. Be positive

A friendly, positive attitude always helps maintain a positive household. If you’re moody then it is likely they will be too, so keep positive and smile.

5. Random acts of kindness

There is nothing more disarming than being surprised by kindness. So give plenty of compliments and show compassion in the face of a bad attitude. Not only will it make you feel better but it will also help to defuse tense situations.

Finally, you could even use a Katie’s Cards ecard to say thank you and to surprise people with a nice gesture…You can see our full range of thank you ecards here on the Katie’s Cards website.