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The below, a companion piece to my HBR post The Holiday Card Quandary, includes two examples of  finding the right mix of ‘efficient' and ‘personal'. The images are courtesy of Macy Robison Photography.

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Menzie Family:
The photo shoot was at the Menzie's favorite camping site.  It provides a glimpse into their family's summer reading challenge; they are sitting on a quilt made by Rebecca.  This card harnesses technology.  It's unique to the Menzie family.  Add a personal note — and it's a perfect communique.

Menzie Family

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Sanderson Family:
Matt Sanderson, a lawyer in D.C., writes, “We enjoy sending cards and keeping in touch, but I've found it vital to my career to send a custom card every holiday season.  Maintaining those connections with people is key. When we design the cards, we leave space to write a personal note if one is necessary.  If a note isn't necessary, having recent photos and family highlights from the year right on the card provides a personal touch.”

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What about your holiday cards?

Will you share links to cards (or blogs or essays — any type of communication) you think are the right mix of efficient and personal?

Are these ideas relevant to other aspects of our lives, including daring to dream?

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