How many of you send out Christmas cards? I have always sent them out….every year, and the cards that I get in return every year are less and less. Don’t get me wrong….that’s not why I send them out…I’m just pointing out that less and less people are keeping up with the tradition.
Some years I am extra busy and I buy cards and toss in a picture that I made the kids take. Some years I send the pretty cards I bought on clearance after Christmas the year before. Some years I get overly ambitious and I hand stamp them. I would say that the majority of the cards that I have sent these past years I have made with pictures through Sam’s, Walgreens, or CVS. Remember my Thanksgiving card kick? I always made those with photos too.
Last years card was a cute picture of the kids in front of the tree, each holding an animal. At 19 and 21, I am lucky they took the picture at all. The girl gets a kick out of everyone’s reaction to the cat’s name. Not everybody names their cat Kevin Bacon and she’s proud that she picked that name….well her and her friend while watching Tremors, but still… So this year when I didn’t insist on a group photo and “gasp” don’t have room for the names of the animals on the card, it caused quite a stir.
I didn’t plan it, it just popped into my head and I said “yes, I love that idea!” Once I had the idea I had to do a little research and pick my quote. I even purchased A Christmas Carol featuring the voice of Tim Curry on Audible for $1.99. Tim Curry and a steal…can’t get better than that.
Do you remember that picture I bought last year with the old fashioned man carrying a tree and walking with a cane? I use it with my literary bottles as well as pages from A Christmas Carol. I don’t know why I didn’t come up with this idea sooner. I used that image with a quote I chose from A Christmas Carol….
The top of the card needs a little color so I will check out the craft stores for a fancy vellum sticker or something like it….maybe a sprig of holly? Except for the bare spot on top I really like how they came out.
Where is it written that you have to send out photos of your family every year? Just because I have done this in the past…and often, doesn’t mean that I have to do it every year. I still made the card. I picked the image, the quote, and the template and put it all together. It was just a little faster this year…..Zia