Picture a silent street in the evening, covered thick and white. Can you hear the snow crunch under your feet? Picture a tree trimmed beautifully for Christmas. Can you hear the children laugh and play? Picture a hill, just perfect for sledding. Can you feel the anticipation mixed with sudden outbursts of amazement?
You can send all this, and more, with wintry and festive Christmas e-cards. Here are my favorite sites to compose and send them. You can also send free Christmas cards from this site, complete with a short poem or holiday quotation:
(Updated January 2013)
Hand-painted and animated with incredible attention to details and nuances, the Ojolie Christmas card brings holiday spirit to every home by means of angel dust.
Angelic, harmonious, idyllic and celebratory: Katie's Cards wonderful and lovingly crafted Christmas e-cards are all that and more (fun, energetic, surprising and heart-warming, for example).
Mold-made paper and ink that you can feel? Punchbowl is almost as good — and the greetings travel the world in seconds. Christmas cards at Punchbowl resemble traditional paper greetings, come in many a beautiful fashion and let you pick the postage and rubber stamping, envelope lining, typography and, of course, words (or, in some cases, picture).
Chudleigh the chocolate Labrador introduces the picturesque scenery and beautiful people of Lurgashall in West Sussex, England, who wish a heartfelt and very classy "Happy Christmas" with amazing e-cards.
Whether you are looking for spiritual greeting cards, want to send one to a group or want to add your own photo; whether the card is for your love or your pet; whether you greetings should be in carols or a foreign language: AmericanGreetings.com has beautiful cards for all occasions.
Colors, colors and Christmas: VerveCards delivers greetings unique in most glorious a manner with enthusiasm and wit. The cards are so gripping they don't need animations — or sending the recipient hunting for their card on a site for that matter.
At Artleaf, unique and wonderfully drawn Christmas cards paint themselves to the sounds of harmonious holiday music.
You can put yourself (or whatever picture you fancy) in many of the rich and lavish JibJab Christmas cards — but they're great fun even without such adornment.
Wonderfully drawn and charmingly tacky, Leanin' Tree cards lets you send Christmas greetings bound to spread your joy and anticipation.
Who's that sending for Christmas Eve? Who's that composing a lovely Christmas greeting with a hand-drawn picture straight from illustrator Jan Brett's talented hand?