December 15, 2011

No Matter How You Spell It, There’s A Hanukkah Card For You!


Every year I look forward to the array of holiday cards that arrive. Photo cards, handmade, fancy, funny and oversized, they all seem to be perfect for the people that send them. And every year I spend months thinking about what we’ll send.

For years I’d make custom handmade cards and an ornament. A few years ago it just got to be too much for the 200+ people on the list. Then, of course, there was the Hanukkah thing. We don’t really do ornaments for the Festival of Lights, so I’d create something ‘Jewish-y’ for my tribal friends.

Growing up, my grandparents received hundreds of holiday cards. I was always interested in the Hanukkah cards though because I was eager to see how many duplicates they’d get. I thought that was normal.

When I was on my own and began the tradition of sending our holiday cards, I was faced with the Hanukkah card dilemma. Besides it seeming like they were the exact same ones year to year, the selection was, well, lacking. This was long before the internet and access to a multitude of card sources. Even if it were still the boxed cards, if I ordered them from Florida I had a good chance of not having the same cards as everyone else.

Fast forward to about 6 years ago when custom photo cards came to the market. No longer left with 3 choices, I had 5 or 6! Double the selection as my local Judaica shop!! Imagine the possibilities.

So this year, when I met the team from Snapfish by HP at Blogher and conversation turned toward holiday greetings I immediately started lamenting the options for Hanukkah cards. Christmas and general ‘holiday’ cards were displayed on page after page with literally hundreds of choices. Still, I was happy to now have 8 or 10 options for Hanukkah.

As holiday card season descended up on us, the Snapfish by HP team remembered me and sent me a link to over 200 options for Hanukkah cards offered on their site. It was a miracle! Options! Choices! And different spellings! You spell it with a C? You can now get cards that do too. You do one k? They have cards for you too! Yes, I know it is weird to be so excited over Hanukkah cards. But, you know that feeling you get when you finally get to move from the kid table to the grown up table? That’s kinda how I feel.

For once I understood the dilemma of holiday card choice. Sure, I’d gone through it with our general holiday greeting cards but never Hanukkah. This year, though, I had to page forward. Several times!

While Hanukkah isn’t a “big holiday” for Jews, it’s actually just a festival, in recent years it’s taken on more of that holiday-bonanza feel. With that, more and more people are sending out cards. And for the first time ever I’m giddy with excitement that I may not receive any duplicate cards because there is so much choice.

I know most of you don’t celebrate Hanukkah. But if you do, or if you know someone who does, I highly recommend Snapfish by HP. Not only did I have so many design choices, they were reasonably priced and arrived quickly. They also have a great program where you can send them to a local store for next-day printing!

Disclosure: Snapfish provided me with complimentary Hanukkah cards. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



V Demetros December 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

It’s always nice to be recognized and have choices. So glad they are noticing how many people want these choices. Love the card, btw.

Li December 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

That’s sooo cool Sara!!! I didn’t know there wasn’t an abundance of Hanukkah cards! I usually send my Jewish relatives a generic holiday card and wish them a Happy Hanukkah (the only judaica I’ve bought has been jewelry). You made a real difference at HP! Good for you lady. Oh and I love your disclosure. You make me want to step up my game 😉

I hope you enjoy the festival of lights next week. xoxo


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