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How to Create a Holiday Card Better than the Kardashians

You’ll notice in this title there are two words starting with “C” that I could have swapped with a “K” considering I’m mentioning the Kardashians, but I refrained. I’m not a fan of their newest installment of self-promotion which I’ll call the ice queen Christmas card.

I’ll admit I follow them on twitter and whenever they’re marketing a new business venture or personal issue about every 20 minutes, they all start tweeting the exact same news. The past couple months, it’s been supporting Kim through her divorce, trying to pump up their Sears’ line, or voting for Rob on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Today, it was the release of their 2011 family holiday card. Let’s take a look…

The new Kardashian Christmas card 2011

Is it just me, or do they all look stone cold and what’s with the Aladdin-esqe background? You can’t see their faces, but you get a distant shot of their photoshopped bods. They all look super serious staring off in different directions as if they’re in an individual photo shoot. But it’s still all about Kim as she stands alone in her power-pose without a significant other or sibling near her. Gotta love little Mason though. 🙂 You can see more detailed shots up close here.

Past Kardashian kards…
They have an annual tradition of taking a BIG family Christmas card 
I think they should have gone with a photo like this that would have been more natural and unexpected this year. They look like a family and less like a fierce pack of robots decked out in designer clothes. (Kardashian Chirstmas card, 2006)
Tips for Creating your Holiday Card
1. Your friends and family do enjoy getting an actual card or photo in the mail and they may even frame them or post them on their fridge. Snail mail is a lot more personal than a mass holiday email.
2. Time is running out and you don’t have to take a new picture. You can use a family photo from a vacation or an event earlier in the year. Another idea is to create a collage of pics throughout the year.
3. Holiday cards are pet friendly. Feel free to add your puppy or favorite pets in your photo.
4. Themes are encouraged. I like the Kardashian koncept of dressing similar throughout the years, so feel free to do the same in casual or more formal attire. 
5. Add a personal note if you have time or photo copy a holiday family “newsletter.”
6. If you don’t get it in the mail asap, that’s okay. You still have next week because as long as it’s there by NYE, it’s still a ‘holiday’ card. (Also, I learned last week the Post Office is a lot cheaper and faster than UPS)
Just in case I don’t have your home address, 
from my family to yours, Happy Holidays! 🙂

Me, My sister-Jody, mom, dad, & my brothers Paul & Drew
It’s not as fancy like their’s and we’re standing in leaves and mud, but I styled my mom and I in faux fur which is my favorite winter trend…That post coming soon 🙂

I forgot to mention the new Kardashian card was also shot in 3-D. Does that mean the family is going to have a crystal vase of 3-D glasses under the portrait so their guests can see it once, and then put on dorky glasses and look it again? It’s over-the-top, even for them. They’re all about glitz and glam, but after a few months of hard core criticism that Kim and the family is only about money and fame, I think a toned down photo of them looking happy would have been a better and more relatable choice. At least from a PR standpoint, since they send their holiday card to the world. 🙂 


What do you think about their photo? Are you sending a holiday card this year or did you run out of time?

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  1. CottonCandyINK says:

    great post, lovely family photo

  2. Sweet and Bitter says:

    to be true..i loved your family pic more than the Kims…ur family pic is very jolly and lively like a holiday card should be….btw nice boots and your Mom is looking nice….

    Happy Holiday!! 🙂


  3. ChaosButterfly says:

    No holiday card…we’ve actually never had a family holiday card, but your family looks really cute in yours. Everyone is so well dressed too.

    The Kardashians’ Christmas photos are fake and stiff just like them. I will say that the twins look fab though.

  4. Ehh, the Kardashians annoy me to noooooo extent!! (see my last post for a rant lol) Their card is cold, boring, and blah, Nothing stands out. I agree with everything youve written! and i love your family card! cuz i love color! Cute fam 🙂
    xoxo Inna
    My Bloggie!

  5. Our family has never sent out family holiday cards, we send cards but not with a photo of our family on. I had never heard of people doing it before until our friends from America sent us one. It is such a lovely idea, and I love yours!

  6. Chic 'n Cheap Living says:

    The last picture of them is definitely a lot more warm and personal. Aww I love your family shot and you DID get great light colored faux fur!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  7. Your whole family (esp your siblings) are so tall! You look great in your photo!

    I’ve never been much of a holiday card person, but maybe when I get married &/or have a fam of my own I’ll begin that tradition.

  8. Happy holidays! Your family photo looks fantastic – much better than the Ks

  9. Fashionistable says:

    I much, mush prefer your family photo. Xxxx

  10. inmyhansonshirt says:

    They really do have some fantastic Christmas cards. Yours is fantastic as well! Wow!

  11. I sent very few cards this year….
    and in regards to the Kardashians’ card, it looks more like an AD than a card —-

  12. Francesca R says:

    Well you and your family look much better than the Ks. You are spontaneous and a real amily and not just a tv show phoenomenon!

  13. Christianna says:

    Oh my goodness this was the funniest post ever! Their picture is a little much, for sure.

    Thanks so much for joining in all the fun over at The Girl With The Blue Bow!

    I’m following you back now, and can’t wait to read more!

  14. Eww I don’t like their photos, I agree with u, they all look so cold…
    lovely family 😉


  15. Le Chic World says:

    Oh wow! what perfect timing I literally saw this on E and then clicked on your blog and read you post! love this! And totally agree, couldn’t of said it better myself, I’m not a fan but they seem to be everywhere so i give in a and follow them on twitter too haha, and have a love/hate towards their self promoted businesses, and even deleted one of them for her annoying tweets. And yes very stone cold and noticed Kim’s lonesome too in this pic, kinda sad. On the other hand absolutely love your family pic, very sweet especially how you dressed up your mama 🙂 I think this is such a thoughtful idea and thank you for sharing, my family are all the away in Australia and miss them lots so would love to possibly send a card along these lines of my husband and I. Thank u for inspiring 🙂
    Monica – Le chic world

  16. wow, never thought of this 😀

  17. Leeann @ Join the Gossip says:

    Yeah I’m not a fan of their card. It’s way too cold for me. They don’t look happy and they aren’t standing next to each other.

    I do like yours though!! Super cute 🙂

  18. I’m surprised they didn’t put Kim in the center since everything that family does seems to revolve around her. I don’t like it, it’s definitely NOT a family card.

    I LOVE your family card!!

  19. Here in italy it’s not in use to do family holiday cards, but your family portrait is very beautiful, much more than Kardashians!

  20. BresBaubles says:

    Great post and I love your photo!


  21. i really like your family Christmas card!!!


  22. I love your family picture. Autumn love written all over it. I love the colors and background. You have a beautiful family! Like your sister, I love dresses with pockets 🙂 I love the Kardashian family picture in jeans and whites. I think a toned down photo is more relatable too.

    Heel in Mint

  23. Angelina S. says:

    I agree with the others. I prefer your family pic.

  24. you have the most good looking folks in your family – Happy Holidays!!

    P.S. Kardarshians card doesnt look toof estive to me.

    xo Nav

  25. love your family photo 🙂


  26. it’s a great publicity photo, but i bet they also have a private family photo.

    your family photo is quite lovely. 😀

  27. Sarah Whitney says:

    Your photo came out awesome! The fall leaves are really pretty! 🙂

  28. Hahaaa loved the write-up! Woo wee, the Kardashians are so stunning!

    Love your family photo! What a great looking family 🙂


  29. I love this post! haha It made me laugh. And great tips! What a gorgeous pic of your family too! We usually do some sort of photo to send out but I was not on top of that this year. There’s always next year. ; )

    Happy Holidays to you!!!!

  30. Miss Caitlin S. says:

    haha, totally- the picture is (kitschy) artistically cool… I agree- stone queens, I don’t get why! But then again – here you are using it as a totally interesting blog topic and here I am totally interested in commenting about it so I guess the joke’s on us 🙂 PS I think your family photo is much cuter- what a beautiful family!!!

  31. J'Adore Fashion says:

    Love you family card! Happy holiday dear!


  32. Vivid Virginia says:

    Those are super cool 🙂

  33. anurbanexplorer says:

    thanks for stopping by my page dear! i agree, their new christmas card looks stone cold LOL wheres the holiday cheer? Ive followed your blog!

    Would be a definite pleasure if you could follow mine as well <33



  34. Happy holidays to you too! Thanks so much for your comment!
    Style in the City

  35. Dressy Celeb says:

    I love the holiday card of your family! 🙂

    Dressy Celeb

  36. What a beautiful family you have <3
    Happy holidays to you too x x

    p.s. I love your knee high boots on the pic!!!


  37. I had heard about but not seen the Kardashian Family Christmas card- good grief. It’s definitely over the top. Its surreal. I think their previous family photos are more honest. With all of that said, I am not a fan of the Kardashians.

    Your family photo is fabulous. Thanks for sharing it.

    Velva-Tomatoes on the Vine

  38. Your family is gorgeous! Love your card!


  39. Maria- CityLaundry says:

    i couldn’t help but laugh a little at the extravagance of the kardashian christmas card! it doesnt not look holiday friendly at all!

    but i love your family picture! you guys look gorgeous!
    happy holidays 🙂


  40. HauteMessinHollywood says:

    I love your Christmas card and your fabulous boots. Puts the Kardashian card to shame.

  41. Sending out a family holiday card has never been a tradition for my family, but I actually really want to do it. I think it’s very cute!

    I agree with you too. The Kardashians should have just gone with a simple Christmas card this year. After all the scandal, that would have been smarter.

    By the way, I love your family photo! 😀

    P.S. I also think it’s so awesome that we both have the phoenix ring!

    Lots of love, B
    Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

  42. Rachel {Da Paura ♥} says:

    Your holiday card is gorgeous!! I love those OTK boots you are wearing, so amazing! (and your hair always looks PERFECT!) I’m not a fan of the Kardashian’s nor their new card. I agree with you that their natural card was the best one! These are awesome tips you have provided too…I love pet friendly holiday cards, since I adore pets! 🙂

    Happy Holidays sweet friend.

  43. I love your Christmas Card 10 times more 😉 your fam looks so fashionable!

    The Kardashian’s went for a out-of a magazine editorial look which really defeats the purpose of Christmas Cards, that personal touch and they don’t look like a family they look like an ad for Express or something (hee hee)

    Happy Holidays Dale!

  44. I HATED their 3D Holiday card, it was so excessive! Your Holiday family photo is cute though! Great blog (:

    Diary of a Short Girl

  45. This is such a cool concept — your family Christmas photo is adorable!


  46. I LOVE your holiday card doll. You have one good looking family. “Happy Holidays” and wishing you a safe a happy New Year’s.

    <3 Marina

  47. how beautiful your Christmas family picture, I loved this post … Thanks for stopping by my blog;)

  48. Oh my gosh…your holiday card is way better than the Kardashian’s.

  49. prettymeggy says:

    great observation! i thought the same when i saw their new family picture.. mason is the cutest!!!
    anyway, merry christmas! you have beautiful family. love the your family pic!!!
    greetings from italy. xoxo, Haus of Gala

  50. brilliant idea!!! the holiday card that you made is amazing and so creative… love it!!!

    join my christmas giveaway!!!



  51. may you have a blessed christmas!!! following you now…



  52. Irene's Closet says:

    Amazing!!!! 😀


  53. | C AND C | Sarmin says:

    As much as I love “my” Kim & rest of the Kardashians, this years’ card is just ridic stupid. & seriously, its in 3-D? What?

    Your mom, sister, & you look like twins. & OMG, how does your hair stay that perfect?

    Merry Christmas!

    xo SARMIN

  54. I agree, the Kardashians are just getting way too over the top for their own good. like really?? The kard is ridiculous and the fact that is 3-d is stupid. I LOVE your family holiday card. Its so cute, warm, and real 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



  55. *Glam Chameleon* says:

    Great tips, I love this creative post!:)
    p.s. Merry Christmas and happy holidays Dale, all the best from my heart!!! kisses & hugs
    Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

  56. Thanks for all the sweet comments about my fam’s Christmas card. Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂

  57. Aubrey and Melissa says:

    Would have to agree with you! This Kardashian card this year is too much. Very cute picture of your guys though!

  58. You have a gorgeous family! Merry Christmas doll!

    xoxo, H

  59. What a good looking family. I like this much better than the Kardashians.

    found the route

  60. Mara Feliz says:

    I totally agree about the Kardashians looking robotic in their Christmas card.. Haha! Your family looks lovely 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of the holidays! Kisses! xxx


  61. Pratishtha Durga says:

    I saw the K Kard and laughed my head off. the little kid is alarming! They look like zombies.

    You could send them your family card to show them a To-do. Beautiful family! Hope you all have a wonderful new year.

  62. omgosh dale your family christmas card is so adorable! the kardashian one.. makes me want to LOL omg.. why?! they even made baby mason look scary!! WHY?!

  63. The Midwest Muse says:

    What a lovely post!!!

  64. il était une fois... says:

    their cards are hilar!!
    hope you have a fab nye babe! X

  65. I totally agree – this year’s Kardashian family photo is a little terrifying!
    xx Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

  66. Their family photo doesn’t look very holiday-y but more vogue haha.

    I love your guys family photo it’s so homey.

    Happy New year!


  67. Marianne M. says:

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  68. Prairie Princess says:

    love your family card!!
    thanks for the add you have a wonderful blog, i am following!



  69. Lindsey Doolittle says:

    What a beautiful family you have! Love your holiday card SO much better than the Kardashians. xo


  70. Carly {a simple affair} says:

    Delayed, but what a beautiful, beautiful family! Love it way more than any Kardashian card. xo

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