Building the Perfect Holiday Card

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Image via Christina Montoya Fiedler

If you haven't started working on this year's family holiday card, you better get moving – and fast. There are only a few weeks left until the big day and you'll need to hit the post office before lines get too crazy. Knowing that we're all a little short on time this year, here are four user-friendly sites that will put the happy back in your holidays in just a few clicks or less.

CardRaising

www.cardraising.com

Make your holiday card and feel good about doing so, with Card Raising. Card Raising is a sustainable family owned business that gives 30 percent of its revenue back to help others. Log on and choose your state and cause. Then, pick and choose from hundreds of cool designs. They offer the ability to set up charitable homepages for schools and charities around the nation, so you can give where it really counts. Talk about the perfect school fundraiser!

PicMonkey

www.picmonkey.com

If you're not already using PicMonkey to amp up your photos, now is a great time to check it out. The site is free to use, and they have a wealth of holiday extras that will make any family photo merry and bright. Choose from a variety of wintery backgrounds and art extras. Get creative with festive overlays and frost effects. No matter what look you are going for, you can create until your heart is content. And you can be sure that the final creation will be one of a kind.

Animoto

http://animoto.com/

If you're short on time, animoto.com might be the way to go. Choose several of your favorite family photos from 2012, and tell your story through a brightly animated video. Share it via twitter, Facebook, and email. It's totally user-friendly – just three steps to making a unique picture video that is all your own. You can also upload your own music to create a personalized soundtrack. Best part? No postage!

Minted

http://www.minted.com/

This site is fabulous for those that have commitment issues. Check out the holiday card comparison tool. Before you even start searching for cards, upload your photo so that you can see it in thousands of designs. Flat, folded, double-sided, and story cards available for a variety of affordable prices.  Use just one photo or make a collage. All designs are crisp, clear, and modern – perfect for the mom who expects perfection, even from her holiday card.

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Moms, how are you getting creative with your holiday cards this season? 

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Building the Perfect Holiday Card

Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based parenting writer, former publicist, dog lover, coffee drinker extraordinaire, and mom to an exuberant four-year-old boy. Follow her @cmf2009 and read her musings about being a stay at home mom on her blog, Mama to the Rescue. ... More

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