Monday, November 26, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 26 (Holiday Cards)

Although it's not yet December, Thanksgiving is over and holiday planning has begun for most of us. The first thing on my agenda is to create and order our holiday cards. It's not that I wish to get them out early; I'm just cheap and like to order them this week to take advantage of the sales. I've spent the better part of the last hour choosing photos and layouts, doing side-by-side comparisons of different options. The whole thing is frankly a bit tedious, and my husband rarely gives me a whole-hearted go-ahead on any option.

While I'm feeling a little grumpy about the card creation process, it will be short-lived because holiday card season is one of my favorites. I love to get mail, and I really love to see family photos from all our friends. I don't know when exactly the photo card phenomenon began, but I'm thrilled that it happened while I and most of my friends have young kids. I love to see how the kids have grown and changed each year, and the cards are such a special reminder of all the friends we have scattered around the country.

When the cards begin to arrive (and my husband just brought home the first--on November 26--don't get me started), I stack them on the kitchen counter until I reach some minimum critical mass. After that, I get out the sticky stuff we all used to use to stick posters to the wall and begin hanging up the cards. If there is a photo on it, it goes on the wall. Last year, I exceeded the area I usually fill and had to add a whole extra door. It was great.

For tonight, I'll settle on a final layout and print the mailing label list to get a ballpark number of needed cards. Tomorrow, I'll place my order before the sale closes at midnight (Tiny Prints - 30% off and free shipping). After that, I'll sit back and wait for the mailman to arrive. I can't wait to see all those smiling faces.

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