A special thank you to Tiny Prints for partnering with me to bring you this special family Christmas cards post!
Lets see if I can write this up with out crying. As most of you know I was born in Brazil and raised in CT. All my family, except for immediate, live in Brazil. I have lived my life without ever having my grandma or grandpa around. Growing up we would visit about once every year or every other year but that was it. When I think about my sweet grandpa on my father’s side it breaks my heart that he didn’t get to see me getting married or meet my kids. His entire life he had a picture of his “naninha” (it was the nickname he gave me) on his key chain. Everyone said I was his favorite. When I see my little Colin I see him…. are you needing the tissues yet?
My sister and her family have moved back to CT to plant their own church. So now it’s just my parents and us here in Houston. Christmas always tends to really hit home for me especially with my sister being in CT. My parents have sacrificed so much to give me and my sister nothing but the best and for that I will be forever grateful.
It has been 6 years since I have gone to Brazil. Jordan and I went in our first year of marriage. With two littles ones there is no way we are making a 24 hour trip to Brazil. I would be signing up for crazy… and I’m not about that cup of tea!
SO what does all of this have to do with Tiny Prints? Since the boys have been born I have sent family Christmas cards to Brazil for my family. I have always chosen Tiny Prints for everything (showers, birthdays, you name it). The customization with Tiny Prints is what makes their family Christmas cards so special. This year they are killing it with all the new holiday cards. With Tiny Prints I can choose the collections, number of pictures, trim options and even paper type. This year I decided to add the envelope liners and personalized stamps, and I am just loving the results! I am so happy with how our family Christmas cards came out, and it was really hard to narrow pictures (thanks to Ailee) and the endless options of a card type.
Even though I may not be able to see family on Christmas I can always count on making a special card they can keep for years to come. It’s like me sending a piece of us to my family, making the long distance seem not so long. Some of my family members don’t have Facebook or Instagram so I know sending them these family Christmas cards is extra special because they get to see how big the boys are getting. This year I will also have Jadyn and Colin send something special to their great grandparents. I was thinking about having them send their handprints and let them scribble on a piece of paper, how cool would that be?
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Thanks for reading! What are some things you do to make the holidays a little less lonely when you have loved ones that live far away? Share below, I would love to hear them!
Photography and video by Loren Ferguson
Elly, this is such beautifully written post. As someone who has moved to a new state, I had a hard time being away from family. I could never picture growing up in a different country away from all of my relatives. I’m so happy that you find a way to stay connected to them and share the special moments in your life through photos. I’m sure it makes their Christmas so much more special each year.
I think the scribble is SUCH a cute idea! In the future when they’re old enough to visit Brazil, it will be so much fun for them to look at!
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Thank you Jillian! Isn’t funny how it’s the little things that end up mattering? I never really thought about them saving it and having it for them to look at it when they get older!
Absolutely adorable Elly..thank you for sharing!
I can relate. My parents are from Italy and I was born in CT. I only saw my grandparents once. (They were old and ill and my mom has a fear of flying)..Saddens me that they never got the chance to really know me or my sister. Would have loved to sit with them and hear their stories of life. Distance can be tough but this post reminded me to make an effort to stay connected….I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t have them on my Christmas mailing list BUT after reading this…I will. Thank you!:)
Alley, I know the feeling! My grandfather just passed away and never got to meet my boys. It is hard being away from family. But I am glad you know have them on the mailing list! I am sure they will love to get your Christmas card! 🙂
These cards are adorable, Elly!! And I love the custom stamps, too!
Happy Holidays, Emily
Thank you Emily! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!
Omg I was already crying when I read your Instagram post! Why didn’t I come prepared with tissues?! This post was so sweet Elly. Growing up all of my family (aside from immediate) were in the Philippines. My parents and I would go every other year but I haven’t been since 2005. Now that I live in Houston all of my immediate family is in California and we are extremely close so it makes it really hard. My husband and I made a pact that we would always go to CA in December 🙂 In addition to squeezing in weekend trips to see them during the year! Family is everything! Thank you for the post…it definitely made me smile! Well first cry then smile! 🙂 LOL
aww, I know the feeling Roselyn! It’s hard being away from family! I wish I could go multiple times to see my sister in CT, but traveling with two littles ones is not an easy task! It’s great that you know that ever year you will see family in December. I hope you have fun with them this month! Merry Christmas!
Very professional looking. Great touch with everything! Thanks.
The common preparations include decorations of the place with Christmas trees, lighting. Before decorations begin, the house must be deep cleaned. The Christmas tree brings the Christmas spirit in homes. The church is also decorated for the special event.
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They look wonderful!! I really love the way you pictures your cards, as well. Can’t wait to get mine in the mail..
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