Oh, holiday cards, you make our lives so difficult.
We have mentioned a time or two on this very blog how sending out the annual holiday card is more time-consuming and energy sucking for us than almost any other holiday tradition. You know how it goes: the inevitable bickering, the refusals to sit still, and the tears shed–by us and the kids. Sometimes it even feels like a punishment for being on Santa’s Naughty List.
This year was no exception.
World peace treaties have been negotiated more quickly than getting our children in coordinating outfits and coaxing them to actually look at the camera while smiling. What we’re saying, y’all, is that it’s a chore!
We have been fortunate enough here at The Dose of Reality to find an amazing local photographer who takes the stress of actually taking the pictures out of our hands. We are both on year two of using her, and our experiences have been nothing short of magical. It turns out she is so good, the biggest challenge for us again this year was actually choosing which photos would grace the card!
Hmmmmm…how about these?
Well, of course you’re still not actually done then. You still have to peruse a million online card stores to find just the right one that will hold the number of pictures you want, in the color scheme that you like, with the wording that you feel best about sending. Oh, and you would preferably like those cards not to cost the equivalent of a semester at college! Cue the frantic online search for the very best coupon code!
But, we did it! We prevailed and cards were created and ordered and stamped and mailed, and we sat back for about two minutes feeling really good about ourselves. Of course, then we had to get ourselves up and actually get to work on the gift list for the holiday. *sigh*
We promised way back in October that we’d be sure to show you our cards. We never break a promise! Of course we really wish we could send a card to every single reader we have. You guys have totally become important to us…even more important than the cousin’s ex-wife’s sister twice removed who somehow remains on our Christmas card list year after year. Except, we weren’t sure how to ask for your addresses without risking a restraining order and also, have you seen the cost of stamps these days?
So thanks to a fun link-up from The SITS Girls who we love so much, we are going to share our cards with you all right here!
(Just pretend you are now opening an envelope with a festive stamp that we stood in line for an hour to obtain).
Did you send holiday cards this year? Do your children love getting their picture taken and enjoy spending that extra time with each other? Tell us in the comments about your holiday card saga story!