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Create a Grown-up Christmas Card and Celebrate While the Kids are Away

Christmas Cards

Celebrating the holidays is traditionally a time to focus on childlike fantasies of Santa Claus and dreams of new toys to be opened. But, when the kids are away, the parents will play! Whether your kids are away at school, taking a trip or establishing new holiday traditions with their own children, this is a chance to make this Christmas season something that is all yours. Watching the size of the photo on your Christmas cards shrink over the years can lead to dwindling spirits, but don't succumb to the shrinking Christmas card blues—use these Christmas cards to host a chic holiday celebration that's all grown up instead!

Change the style of your traditional holiday party by hosting a wine tasting or Christmas cocktail party instead of a youth-oriented Christmas card or ornament decorating, craft-themed party that you might have with children around. You can even throw a big, sophisticated Christmas brunch and use your Christmas cards as place cards to let your guests know where to sit. You can also take the extra time to turn the act of giving Christmas cards into a much more personal affair. Just approach each guest at your party individually to hand them a Christmas card and let them know how much they mean to you. It's a great way to reconnect with your friends and loved ones, and to make sure your Christmas cards will be cherished throughout the year!

But, celebrating the holidays in grown-up style doesn't mean you have to sacrifice good cheer or cherished family traditions either. By all means, send a Christmas card through the mail if that's your tradition! And, if your own children are too old to pose for Christmas card photos, snag the grandkids instead. Or, try sending a sweet and sophisticated Christmas card featuring you and your spouse, friends or coworkers.

However you decide to celebrate the holidays as empty nesters, remember one important fact—your Christmas celebration will be as chic, stylish and sentimental as you make it!

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