Our 2014 Christmas Card

2014 Christmas Card | Donya Luana
2014 Christmas Card | Donya Luana

A close runner-up to decorating, sending and receiving Christmas cards is my second favorite thing about this time of year. Here's a look at what ours looked like this year.

This year, like most, we took our Christmas card photos using a tripod and self-timer. If pulled this card out of the envelope and thought, man, how did she get pictures of everyone looking so happy? ...well here's the truth.

Photoshop.

2014 Christmas Card | Donya Luana
2014 Christmas Card | Donya Luana

The boys actually cooperated more than I had expected, but not at the same time. Alwyn was either pointing at the camera, looking for a plane in the sky, or squirming to get down and run. Ephram wanted to tickle Beau or pout. I was yelling out commands to look at the camera, stop tickling dad, and pulling Alwyn's arm down. And Beau, well he was the most cooperative, but I needed him to put his hand in the right spot!

After a little head-swapping in Photoshop, using a total of 6 different images, I had 2 satisfactory ones.

2014 Christmas Card | Donya Luana
2014 Christmas Card | Donya Luana

I went with a simple design this year, keeping one side a full-sized 5x7 photo, so that family & friends can frame it or leave it on the fridge long after Christmas if they'd like to. I guess you could say it gives sending Christmas cards a little more purpose that way.

Did you send out holiday cards out this year?