Now that it’s December, I’m sure you’re busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays in addition to the usual hustle and bustle of your multiples. I thought I’d devote this month’s post to Holiday Cards. Are you planning to do cards? Keep meaning to get a photo? I have some ideas for you to make it easy and inexpensive:

1. Consider not doing any. You don’t have to do cards at all. You have two (or three or four) great excuses. Just give yourself a break and let it go. You can aim for next year if you choose.

2. Send virtual greetings. To save yourself time and money, consider sending an email or e-card this year. Write a quick update on how the kiddos are doing, attach a few photos, and you’re done. If you want to spend more time, you could scrapbook a card traditionally and scan it into your computer, or create a digital scrapbook card to email. There are even services now, like MistleMail, that will do the work for you.

3. Alter your timeline. If you’re like a lot of moms (ahem) who thought they’d bounce back to their old selves after the multiples arrived, you probably want to send cards and update friends and family with a photo and be as Martha as you can under the circumstances. My first year with the twins, I stressed and couldn’t get a photo of all three until New Year’s Eve. It was like a light bulb went on–I can send New Year’s cards!–which gave me until mid to late January to get the cards out in the mail. Give yourself more time and don’t worry about the matching holiday outfits.

4. Take your own photo. Do you have snow outside? Bundle the kids up and go out with the camera. Do you have decorations and/or a tree in the house? Put the kids in front with a prop a book to look at, toys, etc. and start snapping away. Don’t worry about all the kids looking at the camera at the same time; it’s hard to do! Keep them focused on an activity and you’ll get their genuine expressions and adorable faces. I had trouble keeping all three kids in the frame (you too?), so I’ve done collage cards on sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish. You can take single photos of each child and put them together on the front of the card. By taking your own photos, you avoid the expense of studio portraits plus the stress it causes you.

What have you done in the past that’s been successful? What are you doing this year?