9 Awesome Holiday Card Themes for 2014

9 awesome Christmas photo ideas #HolidayCardThemes

Looking for some inspiration to create unique holiday cards this year?  Since I became a mother, I’ve had more fun creating Christmas cards than ever before!  I have put together some of my favorite photo card ideas below:

Family photo:

This is a classic that everyone loves!  At this time of year, professional photographers often have discounted sessions, coupons, and waived sitting fees.  Be sure to book your sitting ahead of time because they will be very busy!

 

A year to remember:

Give each family member a card with the numbers of the current year.  For example, if you have four family members, one person holds a “2,” the next person holds a “0,” then “1″ and “4″ for 2014.  Use the last 2 digits for just a couple, and add holiday decorations or symbols for odd numbers!

 

Christmas over the years:

Create a collage with Photoshop or an online editor to show your past Christmas photos all on one card.  It’s so fun seeing the progression of a family over the years!  PicMonkey and Canva are two of my favorite free online editors, but there are several collage apps for smartphones too.

 

Flash Back: 

Don’t have time to take a new photo?  Just use a photo from a past Christmas on your card to create a flash back effect!  The whole #ThrowBackThursday thing is popular now, and guess what? Christmas is on a Thursday this year!

 

Couple’s 1st Christmas:
Plan ahead when you and your significant other get engaged or married!  All you’ll have to do is add a few Christmas props to your photo sessions.  It could be as simple as holding a chalk board with “Merry Christmas” written on it, or a photo of you kissing under the mistletoe in your wedding attire.  How adorable would that be?!

9 awesome Christmas photo ideas #HolidayCardThemes

 

Baby’s 1st Christmas: 

Photograph your newborn or infant with Christmas lights or garland draped around them.  You could even find an adorable holiday themed outfit for the baby to wear!  Check your local thrift stores for affordable props when seasonal items are available.  My husband and I used coupons found in our Sunday paper to spend less than $25 for professional photos at Target when my youngest was 6 months old.  You could also set up photos in your own home.  Accessories are even available these days that make it easier to take family photos with your iPhone!

 

A family that bakes together, stays together:

Get messy!  Throw flour at each other as you prepare your family’s favorite holiday dish and have someone photograph the fun.  You’ll put a smile on everyone’s face as they open their card, expecting a boring store card from a pack you bought on clearance last year.

 

Photo props:

Create fun photo props out of card stock ($0.10 – 1.00 per sheet at craft stores).  You don’t even have to get super creative – a red circle for Rudolph’s nose, a red and white Santa hat.. you name it!

 

Snowball fight:

Prefer to send a general seasonal card to cover all the holidays?  Stage a snowball fight among your family members and have someone photograph it.  There will be joy on everyone’s faces and it’ll really show how your family has fun together.

 

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Recipe for 15 Minute Baked Apple Cinnamon Roll Ups

This 15 Minute Baked Apple Cinnamon Roll Ups Recipe is perfect for Fall or Winter!

 

Looking for an amazing Christmas morning breakfast?  A treat for the annual Thanksgiving potluck?  Or maybe simply something new to try for dessert tonight?  Our 15 minute Baked Apple Cinnamon Roll Ups recipe is perfect for any of the above!

Requiring only a few basic ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, this recipe is easy to make at any time, even last minute!

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Baked Apple Cinnamon Roll Ups
 
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This 15 minute recipe is perfect for for Christmas morning breakfast or dessert any day!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 peeled apple
  • 1 package of 8 crescent rolls
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ⅛ cup of sugar
  • 8 x 8 or larger baking dish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
  2. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together.
  3. Separate the crescent rolls and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top, spread it evenly, then flip them over.
  4. Roll a slice of apple in the cinnamon sugar mix then place at the larger end of the crescent roll and roll it up.
  5. Place the apple cinnamon roll up in the baking dish.
  6. Repeat with the remaining 7 apple slices and crescent rolls.
  7. Set the timer to 10 minutes and bake until slightly golden.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!
Notes
I did not spray my pan before cooking. Honestly, I forgot, but it worked out for the best! Sometimes oils cause the bottom of rolls to overcook so my baked apple crescent rolls turned out perfect. I used a small spatula to remove the rolls from the pan and they barely left anything behind – mostly crystalized cinnamon sugar.

My cinnamon and sugar measurements were merely estimates of what I tossed into a bowl.

Peeling the apple is optional to make the apple softer and easy to bite through.

If you would like to make your apple cinnamon roll ups a bit more moist, you can drizzle lemon lime soda over the top of them once they are in the pan. I tried this with 3 of my rolls in a separate baking pan. Drizzle soda over the rolls until the bottom of the pan is lightly covered. You will need to lower the temperature to 350 and let them bake an additional 3-5 minutes. Again, keep a close eye on them. These baked apple crescents will turn out a bit more like apple dumplings!

Other variations of this recipe could include a thin layer of peanut butter, cream cheese or caramel inside the crescent roll. If you are serving this as a dessert rather than breakfast, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cool whip on top!

 

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