Our Christmas Card

First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented or even simply read Tuesday’s post about Daniel and his preschool problems.  I feel so supported and relieved.  I think everything will be ok, and we’ll continue to work with him so that he is comfortable at his preschool.  If not, we’ll consider other options.


Christmas cards are trickling in to our house.  We haven’t received very many this year (14 as of today), but I wonder if everyone else is having a year like we are.  I certainly am not judging affection by the number of cards we receive; it’s just an observation. I’m a notoriously late sender of cards.  No matter how hard I try, it always seems like my cards are arriving in mailboxes a couple of days before Christmas.

Since Daniel was born, we’ve sent photo cards.  Pre-Daniel, I sent cards with hand-written messages.  That was nice but I wonder if they were deciphered since I have horrid handwriting. I feel weird about the photo cards.  On the one hand, I love having family pictures taken and being able to send out a pretty card.  In our circle of friends and family, these cards are normal and as someone who has never felt very  normal, I like the opportunity to pretend to feel normal.

On the other hand, I feel like a fraud.  Decidedly abnormal.  I don’t know why, but I look at the cards I receive from others and agree that they are able to fit into the Norman Rockwell norm.  I always feel like we are shoe-horned into normalcy for these pictures.  I know, I know.  It’s all likely in my head and normality is relative anyway, but still, there is something about the process of having a family picture made and then made to fit a rectangular or square backdrop that makes me feel suffocated. Yeah, I’m weird.  That’s what I’m trying to say 🙂

This year due to time, a desire to save money (because who can ever go to Portrait Innovations and buy only one picture and cards?  It’s a money pit!) and well, mostly time, we decided to do our own cards.  Honestly, I’ve always wanted to do our own cards because I like to make it personal.  Ideally, I’d love to add a creative, funny touch.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened in years (we had one legendary card with one of our cats and a beer about 6 years ago).  I pulled together some of our favorite pictures from the last few months and arranged them on a template.  Thanks to the magic of Walgreens, they were ready the next day.  So, yes, the cards are personal but not as good as I’d like.

2011 Holiday Greetings

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.  I’m off to cook my brains out because that’s what I do during holidays.  Wee One’s big gifts are ready, and we can’t wait to give them to him!  Santa arrives very soon, and we are so excited!

I can’t leave out the pets.  If you have cats, you might enjoy and/or identify with this video.

Merry Christmas.  I hope it’s great for all of you!

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