It's that time of the year again when you're scrambling to get your holiday cards out to all of your friends and family. If you're opting for the ever-popular family portrait — you worked hard for those kids and deserve to show them off! — here are some quick tips for success.

DO send your cards out by the second week of December.
DON'T wait until January or, even worse, jump the gun before Halloween rolls around.

DO take advantage of the many deals offered on the Internet — some sites, such as Snapfish, offer as much as 55 percent off!
DON'T spend a small fortune on something most people will merely glance at.

DO ask a friend to snap the pictures with your digital camera.
DON'T hire a photographer.

DO handwrite a short, but sweet personal message to each recipient.
DON'T include a 10-page report on Junior's latest achievements.

DO include the family pet.
DON'T dress Fido up as Santa — that's just mean.

DO color-coordinate your outfits within reason.
DON'T wear identical matching ensembles unless your goal is cheesiest card ever.

DO go to Pinterest for inspiration.
DON'T steal your cousin's idea exactly — she will remember!

Good luck and happy holidays!


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