Although it is, in fact, 2016, I still mail holiday cards every year. I design them, I print them, I send them to people I haven’t seen or spoken to in years. And I send them to family (some of whom I haven’t seen or spoken to in years). Everyone has come to expect a self-made creation including, of course, a picture of my kids.
At 9 and nearly 12, I’m not sure how much longer the kids are going to let me do this. For the last 3 years, our holiday photo-taking session as turned into our biggest gigglefest all year. The girl makes weird faces. The boy laughs hysterically. I am not helpful since I end up making jokes the whole time… making them laugh even harder. It quickly becomes impossible to get them to both look ‘normal‘ in the same photo.
I take nearly 100 shots in about 15 minutes. Then I give up. I look through the pictures about 30 times and eventually choose a few finalists. I ask the kids and the husband which of the finalists they prefer. But, I confess, I’ve already made a decision by then. More than anything, I’m curious who, if anyone, picks the one I’ve already chosen.
Usually, by the time I try to take the picture, the card is already designed. But sometimes I work around the picture. This year, card designed first… picture struggle later.
I did a quick second card this year… just for fun. I only sent that to a few people as a ‘bonus card‘… they got the ‘real‘ one, too.
My possibly irrational paranoia stops me from showing the actual photo of the kids… but here are the cards. First the ‘real‘ one… then the silly one.
Maybe someday I will post pictures of my cards from previous years… and my fancy party invitations… and wedding invitations… and baby announcements. I’ve done it all… pretty much always for family or for myself. I’m not getting paid. I know I should look into it… but I never thought I’d get much for my work anyway. And I have no idea how to sell myself…
Hope you all have a lovely holiday, however you may or may not celebrate. Thanks for being here and putting up with my craziness. You’re the best.
Stay frosty, my friends.