No, no, no you scream when you see the title. Not yet!
Now is the time to start thinking of the Christmas card. If you are going to send out greetings this year it would be very helpful to you to at least have the plan in place now so that when you are ready you can just gather everything together and get it done.
For example, lots of people include photos in their cards. Is there a vacation photo you love? Have it printed now. Avoid the rush. If you prefer a portrait type photo make the appointment now when the studios are not busy. If you have a larger family these photos can take a long time and it is so much more pleasant when there isn't a line of impatient people waiting their turn behind you as your toddler refuses to cooperate. You can even bring Christmas outfits or seasonal clothing for the children to change into at the studio. Who has to know it was taken in August? I received a cute studio photo once of a family of children in adorable Christmas pjs. All different. Turns out smart momma purchased then for a song on E-bay in July and had the photo taken in August. Genius.
Begin gathering your addresses and updating your list now. I have mine saved in a file that is already to print on labels. While you are out buying school supplies buy the labels. Have one of the older children type in the names and addresses (great typing practice - counts as school!).
If you are making your cards, and I encourage you to do that, the various school supply and craft store sales that happen at this time of year could be helpful. Involve the whole family in the design.
If you write a newsletter, get going now. Have each child write a paragraph. There is still plenty of time without anyone feeling pressured.
Please check out these posts from last year to help get your cards started;
If you have any ideas for photos and cards please leave a comment or email them. I would love to share them.