Tips To Keep Cool While Ordering A Holiday Card

Perhaps you're like me...late to the party this year.

I don't yet have my holiday card...a tradition I really love.

I struggled with the whole process.  Finding the right picture (out of literally thousands), the right design (out of literally thousands) and the right message.  Honestly, I feel overwhelmed.

But, according to Cathi Nelson, of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, I'm overthinking it. 

She offers these tips to keep our cool while ordering our festive message:

*HIGHLIGHT GOOD PHOTOS IN YOUR COMPUTER

"The first thing you want to do is flag your photos on iPhoto or for a PC, it’s a 5 star rating," says Nelson of West Hartford.

*DO SOME SELF-EVALUATION.  WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY WITH THE PICTURE?

"Think about what it is you find appealing in a photograph.  Look for those photos that tell a little bit about your family.  Are you a sports family?  Did you travel somewhere?" says Nelson, noting the massive collages can sometimes feel cluttered, not classic.  "From an artistic standpoint, less is more."

*HEAD TO A WEB SITE, A BIG BOX STORE OR A LOCAL VENDOR FOR A CARD AND TRUST YOUR INSTINCT

"I pick the template I’m going to use before I start putting the photos in and then I don’t look at any other templates," advises Nelson.

*MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON'T DITCH THE PROJECT BECAUSE YOU'RE TOO OVERWHELMED

"We are a people of stories, we tell the story of our lives through photos.  So, a photo is a snap-shot of who you are as a family," says this mom of two.  "Don’t neglect that because you can’t find the perfect story.  It’s just one story.  i think it’s just critically important."

See more of my interview with Cathi Nelson on Fox CT's Holiday Wishes, airing Friday at 9:30am!

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