Families get creative, show personality in holiday card craze

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 1:01 PM

HOUSTON—This year’s holiday card craze is kicking it up a notch or two. The pressure is on with more people getting creative and showing off plenty of personality.

Amy and Morgan Whitfield love their dogs and love the Houston Texans, too. It only made sense this year’s Christmas card combined the two.

“All we want for Christmas is a Super Bowl Win,” their card reads.

Each of the Whitfield’s three dogs graced the cover.

They outfitted their pooches and posed them; down to JJ’s brace and Antonio Smith’s pre-game ninja mask. Amy Whitfield took their pictures and her husband handled the dogs.

“Antonio Smith was really easy to do, and of course Arian has the bow, and JJ Watt is the best defensive player in the league.” Morgan Whitfield said. “I was kind of sad I couldn’t get Andre Johnson involved.”

To do so, they would have needed another dog. They’re tapped out at three.

The Whitfields have been at it for eight years creating memorable cards featuring their pets.

Amy Whitfield used tinyprints.com to do this year’s cards online.

Katie Hackedorn of Katie and Co., a full service stationary and invitation store, designs cards at her Washington Avenue location.

She finds photoless cards to be somewhat outdated.

“Most people are doing them (holiday cards) with the photo. A lot of times you want to keep the photo,” Hackedorn said.

Despite digital cards, Hackedorn said highly-polished and personalized cards, especially those featuring pictures of children and pets, are affordable and range in price from $1 to $2 depending on the card stock and shape you choose.

She’s done countless cards this season, including a greeting card with the family’s dog on the cover and the children on the inside.

The Whitfield’s dogs are like their children, so they remain front and center, no matter the season. Amy Whitfield designs and sends out cards year-round celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.

“Pretty much any holiday, I can find a theme,” she said.

As for next Christmas, Morgan Whitfield’s not sure what they’re going to do. However, they do have some time.

The Whitfields sent out hundreds of cards, including a couple of cards they addressed to the players featured on the front, plus the Houston Texans organization.

It’s not too late to send out your own holiday greeting cards. Katie Hackedorn is a fan of New Year’s cards. They’re different and can easily buy you some more time.

Do you have a creative holiday card?  Share with us!  Upload to our YouNews section.

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