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Summertime means longer days, television re-runs starting to air one little thing that I remember from my childhood shows the test of time. Christmas in July! All our favorite shows are now airing re-runs and it seems as though the selected episodes are those situated around Christmas time or at least winter.

Is it the longing for a break from the heat? Is it a secret desire to be cooped up in the house? Whatever it is, it got us to thinking maybe summer time is the best time to get ready for the holidays? After all aren’t we always just too busy to do all the things we wanted once the season is upon us? From children’s concerts to dinner parties, to shopping and everything in between we seem to always be scrambling to get the time to celebrate. So why not get ready now?

Personally, I always have great ambitions of sending out a bunch of holiday cards. I go to great lengths to choose the right ones, order the perfect labels, etc. And then when it’s time to address and send them out the door, they take a back seat and I’ll admit sometimes never make it! So this year I have vowed to have them ready way ahead of time. But, how do I choose?

At American Stationery we have the perfect design for your family.

Maybe you are partial to a traditional design? Then the item number 2240, the Partridge in a pair tree Christmas cards are a great choice for you. These folded 5″ by 7″ cards are printed vertically and contain your choice of holiday greeting and personalized message inside.

The design is done in beautiful shades of green and gold featuring a large partridge and multiple gold pears. A set of 25 is $39.95 and the cards do come with plain envelopes. If you would like, you may order address envelope printing on the back flap for an additional $18.00.

Maybe a beautiful winter scene is all it takes for you to cool off in the summertime? Take a look at our gorgeous Log Cabin Christmas Cards, item number 3035. These beautiful cards show off a lovely and inviting winter scene that will be sure to delight all of your Christmas Card recipients. Inside you choose the sentiment, personalization and ink color and we’ll print it for you. For 25 invitations and plain envelopes it is $85.00. You may choose for additional costs, to have the envelope lined with a coloring or the return address printed on the back flap.

Would you rather show off your fun summer vacation photo than, a winter wonderland? Check out item number 3088h_30. This fun and colorful photo card is a great option for a young family. The red and creed checkerboard design has a polka dotted border that perfectly frames your newest favorite family photo. For $13.95 you will receive 25 cards and envelopes. you simply adhere the photo yourself and home and voila beautiful family holiday cards! You may have us print your choice of holiday wording inside for no additional cost. The set includes adhesive dots for a seamless look.

If you want a family photo on your holiday card, but do not wish to secure them yourselves, just upload your photo on our website. We have several digital cards to choose from like item number 2823 the Chalkboard Holiday Card. The chalkboard theme is all the rage this year and you will show your family and friends that you are on top of the current trends with this hip card. For $34.95 you will receive 24 cards and envelopes with your photo and sentiment printed together. The back of the card keeps up with the theme featuring a dusty chalkboard. As always the set includes plain envelopes which you may choose to personalize for an additional cost of $18.00.

Don’t forget once you have your cards chosen you need to order address labels and seals to help tie your look together. Item number 5293 has been a favorite among customers for years! These adorable square address labels feature your name and address along the edges and have your choice of a Santa, a Snowman or a Christmas tree in the center. $9.95 will get you 100 of these labels so why not order one of each design and alternate?

If it’s personalized gift labels that you need (and who doesn’t?) then item number 2897, the Merry Everything Square Sticker is an ideal choice. Printed on sheets one set of 24 stickers is $30.00 and they are printed on gorgeous colored paper with a blank spot to fill in the name of the recipient. Just below is your name or family name. At the bottom, a silly yet thoughtful sentiment of “Merry Everything” is printed joyfully in alternating holiday colors!

If you are like most of us and have family scattered about the globe then you are probably sending out larger packages than just holiday cards. Why not purchase some fun shipping labels to help brighten your brown paper packages this year? Like item number 5112 this 4″ by 3″ label is stark white with a bright red ribbon on top just like you find on Christmas packages. Your name and address are printed in bold red ink at the top with a large blank area at the bottom for the recipient’s name and address. For $9.95 you will receive 50 labels. These labels make sending gifts far away just a little more fun!

Of course the front of the envelopes can’t have all the fun. You can not forget to seal the envelope with a little bit of flair. Like our item number 6307L the Peace Seals. One set of these will give you a set of 48 address labels and 60 seals to the back of the envelopes for only $25.90. The background of each are white and the design is speckled with vibrant reds and greens.

So go ahead, sit in the air conditioning for a while and explore our website for ideas for your holiday cards. Whether you need cards, labels, seals or all of the above, or something different we certainly have what you need. The season will be here before you know it so you might as well be prepared.

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