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Wish loved ones a Happy Hanukkah with a handwritten Hanukkah card. Our Hanukkah boxed card sets include designs with a menorah, dreidel, Star of David, or even cute animal designs. Even if you don't celebrate Hanukkah yourself, sending a Hanukkah card to those who do celebrate is a very thoughtful gesture. In addition to Hanukkah themed cards, we also carry a variety of winter themed boxed cards that can be customized with your own message for any and all winter holiday wishes.

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"Eat Drink & Be Beautiful" is a gorgeous reminder for clients to schedule salon appointments this holiday season! It features a "fill-in-the blank" Gift Certificate on the reverse side.

Please join us as we celebrate the Season of Giving through our Holiday Cards. Show your true spirit by giving to those facing hunger.1. Let us mail them for you: For a gift of only $5 (or more if you wish) per card, we will share your holiday greetings with friends, family, and colleagues, letting them know that you have made a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank on their behalf. The card will be personalized and mailed out from our office for your convenience. Holiday Card Order Form (please return via email, mail or fax by December 31, 2022).2. Buy cards in our holiday shop. Please note cards bought through our holiday shop are not personalized.

How long it takes to turn a concentration camp into a tourist attraction was the first thing on my mind when I read Paweł Szypulski's book Greetings from Auschwitz. Szypulski, a Polish artist and curator, pulled together a collection of postcards that were sent by tourists who visited the horrifying site. On the postcards, readers find messages ranging from mundane reports on the weather to politically-incorrect jokes: a "shipment of warm greetings from Auschwitz" accompanies an image of a death block, for example.

How did you choose what went into the book? What was your pattern you use any type of pattern in making a selection for the book?I mostly wanted it to be a showcase of my collection's variety, of everything I managed to find. After creating an archive of postcards, I then had to figure out how to order them. The sequence of the postcards in the book is a story itself; when readers are going through Greetings from Auschwitz's pages, they are taking part in a "journey" through the Auschwitz death camp; from the gates, through the barracks and barbed wires to the gas chambers and crematorium. The same journey we repeat in Birkenau.

I know that in 1943, prisoners of the camp were made to send postcards to their families. Can you elaborate on that?This was an act of propaganda, organized to show that people at Auschwitz were doing fine, and had proper living conditions. We have to stress though, that these postcards had blank backs. They were called "uncovers": undivided back postcards with more room for writing than an average postcard. Uncovers were censored before they were posted to the families of Auschwitz prisoners, and often people who received them didn't believe what was written on them.

The oldest postcard in the book was sent in 1946, when Auschwitz wasn't yet a museum. When you go through the messages on the postcards in the book it's hard to tell if there was any sense of place within notes about the weather, or awkwardly worded attempts at humor. Is this an expression of ignorance? Or is trivializing the Holocaust a way to deal with the trauma?I think partially all of it. You said that the postcards were sent right after the war; today we take selfies in concentration camps. Sometimes it's just plain ignorance, but I think it's a self-defense mechanism, to transform a place of trauma into something that resembles a ski resort. It helps with turning a blind eye to a place where horrifying things beyond most people's imaginations happened. Have you ever been to Auschwitz?

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the solstice, or you just want to reach out for New Year's Day, sending a card is a simple way to keep in touch over the holidays and show that you care. Even better are cards personalized with photos of your family members and pets.

We tested the top online sites for making your own holiday cards to let you know which ones are best for quality, price, card options, and delivery. If you want to go beyond greeting cards, several of the services listed here also sell mugs and other items that you can emblazon with your photos, which make thoughtful holiday gifts.

CVS Photo offers same-day-pickup photo printing service, and thankfully the company offers that same near-instant gratification for custom holiday cards, too (so do Walgreens and Walmart). When designing cards, available categories include Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Religious, Seasons Greetings, Hanukkah, Happy New Year, Pets, and Funny. You can also choose Design Your Own, but the template's holiday display text is not editable. You can, however, personalize some text, such as the family name. We like that you can customize the envelopes with your return address, but you can't include the recipients' addresses as you can with more expensive services, such as Minted.

Minted is a community of designers focused on gifts. You can upload your own photo and see previews of how it looks in every card option at once. Photo placement is flexible, and you get several color-scheme choices in most designs. You can even have the recipients' addresses printed elegantly. Choose postcards, 5-by-7s (folded or single), or even booklets and ornaments.

Mpix is one of our favorite photo printing services for its high quality, wide selection, and excellent, sturdy packaging, but it's not the cheapest service. The company offers hundreds of holiday card designs, many of which allow for multiple photos. A plus for some will be that you can order as few as five cards, though the per-card price drops as you increase the number. For example, you pay $17.45 for five cards using the Wishing Tree design. That's $3.49 per card. Upping the quantity to 25 cards brings that down to $1.89 per card. You can have Mpix print recipient and return addresses on the envelope at 35 cents a pop.

Simply to Impress offers a large selection of good-looking holiday card templates at very reasonable rates. You can order as few as 15 4-by-5.5-inch cards for $2.14 each (often discounted). The per-card price drops to $1.47 for an order of 50, and $1.34 for 100. For 5-by-7s the prices are $2.52 per card for 15, $1.88 per card for 50, and $1.66 per card for 100. With Simply to Impress, you can pay more for premium cardstock, bumping the entry price up to $3.02 per card for 15. Adding raised foil printing brings the price to $4.35 per card. The final cards are impressive in their sharp printing quality, and they arrive well-packaged.

Sending family photo cards is a time-honored holiday tradition. Before you upload your photos to any of these services, make sure they look their best. Most card-printing services offer only limited photo editing tools, so doing a little touch-up in a dedicated photo editing app goes a long way to getting the best results.

Our Christmas Shop opens the second week of November and always promises to be magical with an assortment of ornaments, holiday decorations, and gifts for everyone. We also have the resident designed holiday cards and amaryllises kits from the Greco Gardens during the holiday season. Online orders for Holiday cards and amaryllises accepted via the Misericordia website.

Q: How much extra waste is created during the winter holiday season?A: Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week!

Q: How can I reduce waste during the winter holiday season?A: While the winter holiday season brings good cheer for most people, it also brings a lot more solid waste to the landfill, harm to the environment and additional debt to the average American family. Here are some environmentally-smart tips for a less wasteful -- perhaps less stressful -- holiday this year:

Lastly, if you send holiday cards, look for ones made of recycled paper. Avoid cards with glossy, shiny or gold foil coatings since these cannot be recycled. Save the cards that you get in the mail, cut off the front pictures, and reuse as "postcards" next year. This saves on postage too. Or, send ''electronic cards'' or make a phone call instead!

Q: How can I reduce waste and buy great gifts this holiday season?A: We will generate an additional 7 million pounds of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. To reduce waste, give gifts of time and gifts that are sure to be used. Here are some suggestions.

Hand Made GiftsFill a basket with baked goods, assemble a collection of favorite family recipes, make a holiday bouquet from fresh greens, holly, etc. and tie with bow, make Christmas ornaments from family photos, or video tape family members telling favorite family stories/memories.

Gifts to the EnvironmentSend e-greetings to family and friends who are on-line, buy a living Christmas tree and replant after the holidays, buy live plants, gardening tools, bird seed, battery charger with rechargeable batteries, bus/light rail/train passes, bicycles or walking shoes.

Husband and wife duo Gina and Patrick sell a variety of festive cards with original illustrations on their website. The holiday variety pack $24 includes six blank cards with classic holiday designs like presents, wreaths, and nutcrackers. For any fellow Hoboken or Jersey City lovers on your list, check out the Tutti Local Collection, which includes cards inspired by local landmarks like the Colgate Clock and the Lackawanna Center. 041b061a72

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