September 12, 2014

101 Creative Christmas Card Ideas


I know, I know… it’s still September.  BUT did you know that September 16th marks 100 Days until Christmas?!

 It’s true!  The holiday season will be here before you know it and, if you’re anything like me, then you’ll want to plan ahead!  Lots of families are scheduling their fall family pictures right now,which makes it the PERFECT time to get ahead of the game.  While you’re already getting the family together and paying a photographer- go ahead and snap a great photo that you can use for your holiday cards.  Hey- why not?  It’s one thing you can cross off of your list before the holiday stress and madness sets in.  

Chances are you haven’t even thought about what you want to do for your Christmas cards yet.   It IS only September, after all.  But you’re in luck!  We’ve got your back.  Just for you, we’ve put together the ULTIMATE Christmas Card round-up with…


101 Family Christmas Card Ideas

Get ready for inspiration-overload.  We’ve seriously found something for everyone!  Just wait until you see all of the unique, funny, clever, romantic, creative, and just down-right-CUTE Christmas cards that we’ve found!  


  101 Cute and Creative Christmas Card Ideas

{Pssst… even if you’re not quite ready to take your holiday photos yet- make sure you pin this baby right now for future reference.  Trust me, you’ll be so glad you did when you see all the Christmas cuteness and photography goodness!}

To make browsing a little easier, we’ve divided them into categories including…

  • 40 Creative Christmas Card Photo Captions
  • 21 Unique Christmas Card Photo Ideas
  • 25 Fun Christmas Card Photo Props
  • 15 Free Christmas Card Templates

 Yep, we’ve thought of everything!  Ready to get started?!  First up…


40 Creative Christmas Card Photo Captions

{Clever wording and caption ideas for your holiday photo cards}


40 Creative Christmas Card Photo Captions

1.  Silent Night- A string of Christmas lights around the kids and some tape makes for one “silent night.” 

Silent Night Christmas Card Photo Idea

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2.  Merry Kissmas- Pull out the mistletoe and pucker up to wish friends and family a Merry “Kiss”mas!

Merry Kissmas Christmas Card

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3.  Christmas Wishes & Candy Cane Kisses-  Form a simple heart using candy canes!

Christmas Wishes and Candy Cane Kisses

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4.  Mistle Toes- Wish your family and friends a happy holiday season, right down to their mistle toes.  

Mistle Toes Family Christmas Card

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5.  It’s a Wonderful Life-  Recreate the cover of the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, OR just use the  phrase to caption a favorite family photo.

It's a Wonderful Life Family Christmas Card Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

6.  Dear Santa, We Can Explain…-  Feeling a little naughty?  Create your own family police lineup.  

Dear Santa We Can Explain- Funny Christmas Card Idea

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7.  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus-  Dress dad up as Santa to create this cute and clever photo op.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- Cute Family Photo Christmas Card Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

8.  Warm Holiday Wishes-  Take your family holiday photo at the beach and share the warmth!

Warm Holiday Wishes Christmas Photo Card Ideas

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9.  Laughing all the Way-  This is the perfect phrase to caption any picture you might have of the family laughing together.  

Laughing all the Way- Family Christmas Card Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

10.  Wishing you a “Picture Perfect” Holiday-  Use an empty photo frame to wish everyone a “picture perfect” holiday season.  

Creative Photo Christmas Card Ideas and Sayings

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

11.   Dashing through the Snow- Snap a picture of the family running or sledding through the snow and caption it with this popular Christmas lyric.  

Fun Wording Ideas for Family Christmas Cards

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

12.  Let it Snow- A sheet of snow on the ground provides the perfect bright white background to make your holiday pictures pop.

Family Christmas Photos in the Snow

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13.  JOY to the World-  Use letters as photo props to spread some joy to the world.  Or let the kids have fun spelling it out with their bodies.  

Cute Family Holiday Photo Card Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

14.  North Pole or Bust-  Vintage suitcases and signs make a darling travel-themed photo op.  

Unique Family Christmas Card Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C}

15.  Nestled All Snug in Their Beds-  Snap a picture of the kiddos tucked into bed and make use of the popular Christmas rhyme.  

Nestled All Snug in Their Beds Christmas Card Photo Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

16.  Sleep in Heavenly Peace- Grab a shot of the family in their holiday pajamas or the kids sleeping underneath the lights of the Christmas tree.  

Cute Wording Ideas for Family Christmas Cards

Sources: {A} {B} {C}

17.  And to all a Goodnight- Here’s a clever idea- wait until the kids are fast asleep to take your holiday photo.  You don’t even have to worry about them cooperating by looking and smiling at the camera!

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Goodnight!

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

18.  Sending Holiday Hugs-  This is the perfect caption for any picture you might have of the kids or family sharing a hug.  No Christmas props required! 

Cute Family Christmas Card Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C}

19.  O Christmas Tree- Take a shot of the kids standing in front of the lit-up Christmas tree.  

Sweet Christmas Card Photo Ideas

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20.  Merry Christmas from our Crib to Yours- Here’s a fun idea if you have a little one still sleeping in a crib. 

Creative and Unique Christmas Card Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

21.  Baby, it’s Cold Outside-  If you get lots of cold, winter weather were you live, take a photo all bundled and cuddled up.  

Fun Christmas Card Captions and Ideas

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22.  Don’t get too Wrapped Up in the Holidays-  Cover the kiddos with wrapping paper or stick the baby in a cute gift box.  

Clever Christmas Card Ideas

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23.  Merry & Bright-  Strings of Christmas lights are the perfect photo prop to wish your loved ones a very merry and bright holiday season.  

Family Photo Ideas for Family Christmas Cards

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24.  Oh, What Fun!-  If you’re looking to use a more playful or silly photo- this is the caption for you.  

Fun Wording and Caption Ideas for Family Christmas Cards

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

25.   Hark the Herald Angel- Snap a picture of your little angel(s) all dressed up, or use sidewalk chalk to form your angelic backdrop.  

Christmas Photo Shoot Ideas for Family Christmas Cards

Sources: {A} {B}

26.  Not a Creature Was Stirring… Yeah Right!-  You don’t have to worry about the kids sitting still for this one- a candid shot works great!

Such cute Christmas card ideas

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 27.  Be Jolly, By Golly!- Here’s a versatile wording idea for any fun and happy holiday photo you might have.  

Lots of fun family Christmas cards for inspiration

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 28.   Naughty is the new Nice- Let the kids get some of the “naughty” out of their system in a fun and silly photo shoot.

Family Christmas Picture Ideas

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 29.  All is Calm-ish-  Here’s an idea if you like to keep things real.  Because, let’s be honest, it’s rarely “calm” around Christmas.  

Family Holiday Photo Card Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C}

30.   We’ll be Home for Christmas – Some more  fun travel-themed photo shoot ideas.  I love the idea of using a subway or train station as a photo shoot location. 

Family Christmas Photo Ideas with coordinating captions

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31.  Jingle Bell Rock-  Pull out the sunglasses and guitars and rock around the Christmas tree!

Clever Christmas Card Captions for-Holiday Photos

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32.  Meow-y Christmas- A fun idea if you’re looking to involve the family cat in this year’s Christmas card.

Meowy Christmas Card Idea

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33.  Happy Howlidays-  And, of course, we couldn’t leave out the dog lovers!  Here’s the perfect caption to include man’s best friend.

Happy Howlidays Cute Pet Christmas Card Idea

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34.  Married & Bright-  The perfect idea for newlyweds celebrating their first Christmas together!

Newlywed Christmas Card Idea

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35.  Married Little Christmas-  Another fun idea for newlyweds to use pictures from their winter wedding.

Cute Christmas Cards for Newlyweds

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36.  Unto Us a Child is Born- This Christmas card idea also doubles as a precious newborn announcement.  

Darling Christmas Card Baby Announcement

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37.  Let Us Adore Him-  If you’ve just welcomed a new little one, take a picture of the family “adoring” him.  

Christmas Newborn Announcement Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

38.  Special Delivery from the North Pole- Use a cute mailbox, package, basket, or even Santa’s sack as a photo prop to announce your special Christmas delivery.  

Christmas Photography Ideas and Inspiration

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39.  Merry Christmas from our Santa Baby-  Because nothing is cuter than a little baby in a Santa hat!  

Newborn Christmas Photography Idea

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40.  Best Gift EVER!-  Wrap up your little one with a bow and let your family know you must have been VERY good this year.  

Newborn Christmas Photo Shoot Idea

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}


 21 Unique Christmas Card Photo Ideas

{Clever and creative ideas to make your holiday card stand out}


21 Unique Christmas Card Photo Ideas

1.  Ornament Reflection-  Capture your family’s reflection in a Christmas ornament!  {Then use Photoshop to remove the camera from the reflection.}


Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

2.  Bubble Santa Beards-  Give the kiddos a bubble bath and let them make their own Santa beards!  Santa hats complete the look.  

Bubble Santa Beards Christmas Photo

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3.  Christmas Chalk Art-  Get creative and make your own Christmasy photo backdrop on your driveway with chalk!

Christmas Chalk Art

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4.  Family Snowflake- Get the family to lie down in a circle on the ground to form your own human snowflake.  

Creative Family Christmas Card Ideas

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5.  Snow Angels- Snap a pictures of your little angels having fun in the snow.

Holiday Photo Inspiration

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6.  Christmas Wish Lists- Use a chalkboard or editing program to display each child’s Christmas wish list.  

Christmas Photography Inspiration

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7.  Christmas Photo Booth- Grab some fun printable props and snap some pics in your own Christmas photo booth.  

Fun Idea for the Family Christmas Card

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

8.  Looking Through a Winter Window-   Capture a picture of the kids or family looking through a snowy winter window.  

Christmas Photography Inspiration

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9.  Winter Picnic-  Pack a winter quilt and some hot cocoa for a cozy family winter picnic. 

Winter Family Photography Ideas

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10.  Blowing Snow-  Snap a picture of the family blowing snow into the camera.  {I heard that instant potato flakes work great for fake snow too!}

Unique Family Christmas Photo Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F} {G} {H}

11.  Throwing Snowballs-  Take a shot of the kiddos throwing a snowball towards the camera.  Or glue white pom poms to the front of the card to make 3D snowballs, like the first example below. 

Clever, Creative, and Unique Family Christmas Photo Ideas

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12.  Picking the Christmas Tree- Turn the tradition of picking out the perfect Christmas tree into a fun family photo op. 

Great Ideas for Holiday Cards

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13.  Decorating the Tree-  Ask your photographer to capture some shots of the family decorating the tree together.  

TONS of Family Christmas Photo Ideas

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14.  Baking Christmas Cookies- Throw on some Santa or chefs hats and bake up some Christmas goodies.

Holiday Photo Ops

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15.  Christmas Song Signs-  Here’s a clever idea, use individual word signs to spell out a favorite Christmas song!  

Holiday Family Picture Ideas

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16.  Baby Frosty- Grab a black top hat, red scarf, and other snowman accessories to dress up the baby as Frosty.

Creative Christmas Photo Ideas for Holiday Card Inspiration

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17.  Christmas Story- Dress up as the characters from the classic Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story.”

Funny Christmas Card Idea

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18.  Merry Grinch-mas-  Get into the holiday spirit with some crazy Whoville hair and Grinch-inspired costumes.  

Funny Family Christmas Card Photo Ideas

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19.  Ugly Christmas Sweaters-  Ditch the formal Christmas clothes and don your worst winter apparel.  

Funny Holiday Christmas Card Ideas

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20.  Deployed Christmas Card- Here’s a clever idea for all the military families dealing with deployment.  

Christmas Card Idea for Deployed Military Families

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21.  Christmas Pregnancy Announcement- Six fun ideas for announcing your pregnancy in your Christmas card.  

Cute Christmas Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

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25 Fun Christmas Card Photo Props

{Creative, winter photography props to make your family Christmas picture more festive}


25 Fun Christmas Card Photo Props

1.  Christmas Wreath- Use a Christmas wreath to frame your faces.  Or step inside the wreath for fun and silly pictures.

Christmas Wreath as Holiday Photo Prop

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2.  Matching Pajamas- Snap a quick picture of your family in matching Christmas pajamas!


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3.  Snow Sled-  Pile the kids (or the whole family) onto a sled for a fun snowy photo.

Holiday Photo Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

4.  Hot Cocoa-  Use festive mugs full of cocoa as a fun photo prop or even set up a whole family hot cocoa stand!

Hot Cocoa as a Christmas Photo Prop

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

 5.  Rudolph Nose-  Red ornaments make the perfect Rudolph nose for a fun and silly photo.

Fun Christmas Photo Props

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6.  Reindeer Antlers-  Use reindeer antler headbands from the dollar store or even draw your own using chalk!

Christmas Card Photo Props and Ideas

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7.  Christmas Presents-  Boxes covered in festive wrapping paper and bows make the perfect holiday photo props.

Use Christmas presents as fun holiday photo props

Sources: {A} {B} {C}

8.  Christmas Storybook-  Snap a pictures of your kiddos reading their favorite holiday storybook.  

Darling Christmas Photo Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

9.  Christmas Lollipop- Bright and festive lollipops not only look great in pictures, but also keep the kiddos smiling and happy.  

Fun Christmas Photo Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

 10.  Candy Canes- Candy canes make the perfect heart, and again, keep the littles ones smiling and happy.

Darling Holiday Photo Props and Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

11.  Winter Blanket-  Snap a pictures of the family cuddled together under a warm winter blanket.

Winter Photogrpahy Prop Ideas

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12.  Christmas Stocking-  Commemorate baby’s first Christmas with a picture in his brand new stocking.

Cute Holiday Photo Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

13.  Christmas Ornaments-  Bright colored ornaments add lots of color and fun to photos and are great at keeping the little ones’ attention.  

Fun Christmas Photo Shoot Ideas

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14.  Mistletoe-  Capture a romantic moment underneath the mistletoe.

Tons of Prop Ideas for Christmas Photography

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15.  Santa Hats- A cheap and easy photo prop that instantly makes your photo more festive.

Lots of Fun Christmas Card Photo Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

16.  Scarves and Hats- Bright colored scarves and hats are a great way to liven up your holiday pictures.

Family Photo Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F} {G}

17.  Christmas Sign-  Use a fun chalkboard sign to display your holiday message.

Holiday Photo Shoot Ideas and Inspiration

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

18.  Christmas Banner- Or spell our your holiday greeting with a festive banner.

Lots of fun Christmas Card Photo Prop Ideas

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19.  Santa Claus-  You don’t need an authentic-looking Santa Claus to get the perfect holiday photos.  Just incorporating Santa’s hand, legs, or hat adds a fun Christmasy element.  

Christmas Photography Prop and Posing Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E}

20.  Christmas Lights- It’s amazing how a simple string of Christmas lights can totally brighten and add to a Christmas photo.

Using Christmas Lights as Holiday Photo Props

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

21.  Christmas Tree- Take your pictures at a Christmas tree farm or use a mini tree as the perfect prop for a photo shoot with the little ones. 

Creative Christmas Card Picture Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D} {E} {F}

22.  Snowflakes- Simple paper snowflakes can add a fun and whimsical element to a holiday photo.

Winter Photography Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

23.  Cookies and Milk- Snap a pictures of the kids leaving out cookies and milk for Santa.

Cute Christmas Pictures

Sources: {A} {B} {C} {D}

24.  Sack of Coal- Here’s a fun and unique prop to add a little humor to your card.

Unique Christmas Photo Shoot Prop Ideas

Sources: {A} {B} {C}

25.  Snowman- Turn a family snowman-making session into a festive photo op.  

Christmas Photo Opportunities

Sources:  {A} {B} {C}


15 Free Christmas Card Templates

{DIY Freebies to make your OWN holiday card!}


15 Free Holiday Christmas Card Templates

  15 Free Christmas Card Templates

1.  Birdesign– A darling “Our Year in Review” family newsletter template.

2.  Designs by Megan Turnidge– A free, traditional 5×7 Christmas card design.  Provided in PSD, TIF, and PNG files.

3.  Simple as That Blog– Three different fun Christmas card templates to choose from!  

4.  The Crafting Chicks– Five different 5×7 Christmas card templates to choose from! 

5.  The Album CafeTwo free holiday card photoshop templates. 

6.  2 Moms Talk– Free shabby chic “Joy” Christmas card template.  

7.  The Hummingbird Press– Free Christmas card template with pretty pink snowflakes.

8.  Moritz Fine Designs–  Free “Joy to the World” photo Christmas card.

Fifteen free Christmas card templates

9.  Mom and Camera–  Four free Christmas card templates and 3 free Christmas card overlays.  

10.  Chelsea Peterson Photography– Free 5×7 chalkboard Christmas card downloads.

11.  TomKat StudioFree glittered handmade holiday photo card printable template.

12.  Project Alicia– Free vintage holiday card set, including four 5×7 templates – 2 front and 2 back versions.

13.  Jeff Hendrickson Design– Ten free editable 5×7 holiday card photoshop templates.

14.  It Comes Full Circle–  Fun, free 4×6 “Merry & Bright” Christmas card template.

15.  Chloe Moore Photography–  Free free Christmas card templates and a quick tutorial on how to use them!


 And there you have it- OVER 100 IDEAS to inspire your family Christmas card!  Didn’t I tell you we found something for EVERYONE?  Now comes the hard part… picking your favorite.  Good luck!

**We did our very best to find and link to the original source of each photo, but if you see a photo that is not linked correctly, please let us know so we can fix it.  We definitely want to give credit where credit is due.  We are so grateful for these wonderfully talented photographers who captured the magic of Christmas so beautifully!**

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