The best of all gifts

around any Christmas tree:

the presence of a happy family

all wrapped up in each other.

– Burton Hillis


Can we be honest for a minute? The holidays are, well, a complicated time of year. On the one hand, they can be happy and warm, filled with some of our favourite memories. On the other hand, this can be the “most stre-e-ssful time of the year.” 

Fa-la-la-la laaaaa, la pass. the. wine.

Expectations – our own and those imposed on us by family and friends – can leave us feeling buried, and even worse, inadequate. This, my friends, is NOT the heart of the season. I don’t know about you, but I am doing everything I can to make each Christmas we spend together as stress-free and easy-going as possible.

That’s why my go-to for our holiday cards for the last few years running is Minted. Christmas cards used to make me feel overwhelmed. Now, they are a favourite tradition. Here are five easy steps to making your holiday cards one of the easiest things on your to-do list every year.


We have created a lot of fond family memories doing our annual family photo shoots, and this year is no exception. The lovely Inna Yasinska did a brilliant job of making us all feel at ease in front of the lens. It just became play time for us while she captured special moments between us. I really feel like she captured the love and connection we have as a family, and that is a true gift.

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I was going to say that this is the fun part, but the truth is it’s all the fun part! Minted has hundreds of holiday card designs to choose from. They’re all submitted by indie artists, which I love. There’s truly something for everyone’s unique taste. This year I went for something with a little bit of gilding, because gold foil + calligraphy = yes please.



The templates make customizing your cards super easy, and this is a great way to create totally personalized cards without the dreaded Christmas Hand Cramp Syndrome.


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Speaking of Christmas Hand Cramp Syndrome, Minted makes addressing the envelopes easy peasy too. Just upload your contacts and addresses and they will custom print the envelopes for you. If you plan to hand delivery some of your cards, you can leave off the address. Either way, you get a super pretty card that people want to open as soon as they see the envelope!



Now that you’ve got your already-addressed envelopes, grab a mug of tea or a glass of wine. Get cozy by the fire, bust out the Christmas jams, and enjoy the ritual of stuff-sip-stamp-repeat. You’ll be done before you know it, and not a drop of sweat on that lovely brow of yours!

Two of my favourite new Christmas albums this year are by Lauren Daigle and Josh Garrels. I’ve added them to my playlist with classics like this one, and to be honest they’ve been on repeat since December 1st! In fact, these songs were the soundtrack to my Christmas Home Tour photo shoot with Reid, and they undoubtedly made the day that much more enjoyable!


So that’s it! My five steps to stress-free holiday cards. What are your secrets to a relaxed holiday? I’d love to hear how you’re making Christmas a time for relaxing and making memories! Share your favourite traditions in the comments below.

I’m going to take a break from the blog until the New Year, so until then, I leave you with these beautiful lyrics from another of my favourite artists, sleeping at last.

Merry Christmas, friends! May this season be one of peace and meaningful connection for you and your loved ones.



The branches have traded their leaves for white sleeves
All warm-blooded creatures make ghosts as they breathe
Scarves are wrapped tightly like gifts under trees
Christmas lights tangle in knots annually

Our families huddle closely
Betting warmth against the cold
But our bruises seem to surface
Like mud beneath the snow

So we sing carols softly, as sweet as we know
A prayer that our burdens will lift as we go
Like young love still waiting under mistletoe
We’ll welcome december with tireless hope

Let our bells keep on ringing
Making angels in the snow
May the melody disarm us
When the cracks begin to show

Like the petals in our pockets
May we remember who we are
Unconditionally cared for
By those who share our broken hearts

The table is set and our glasses are full
Though pieces go missing, may we still feel whole
We’ll build new traditions in place of the old
’cause life without revision will silence our souls

So let the bells keep on ringing
Making angels in the snow
May the melody surround us
When the cracks begin to show

Like the petals in our pockets
May we remember who we are
Unconditionally cared for
By those who share our broken hearts

As gentle as feathers, the snow piles high
Our world gets rewritten and retraced every time
Like fresh plates and clean slates, our future is white
New year’s resolutions will reset tonight

– sleeping at last