I can’t even begin to pretend that I haven’t been looking at Christmas cards already. I know, I know, it is only the beginning of October but if you read my recent “90 Day Countdown to a Nervous Breakdown” you know that in the 90-day window before Christmas I cannot be held accountable for my
crazy, insane and Type A personality actions. My friend Katie suggested instead of Christmas cards, I invest in a calendar, you know, TO REMIND ME THAT IT IS ONLY OCTOBER. (Granted this was a thought she shared in September, but I have a feeling her stance has not changed.) Whatever.
Christmas cards are something that I like to take care of earlier rather than later, for one we send over 100 cards every year so if I’m not careful they can get expensive quickly. This of course means that my most favorite card is not a contender, even though it is the most perfect card ever and made by the same paperie as our wedding invitations:
Sorry I’m not sorry, but I’m not spending over $200 on Christmas cards. That is too much for even a self-admitted holiday-lover like myself. (Shakes fist at sky. SCROOGE.)
Anyway. I like to order cards early, to get the expense out of the way and to give me plenty of time to address the cards. This year we just don’t have a great photo (at least not yet) and I was doing some serious thinking about the situation. My choices amounted to: (1) don’t use a photo which is apparently the same as telling a small child Santa isn’t real; (2) use a cute photo from our February ski trip that is a tiny bit out of focus; (3) use a photo of just our dog and be those people; or (4) use a sailing photo even though short-sleeve photos on holiday cards make me shiver. Something about the snowflake-y time of year juxtaposed with warm weather activities. It just doesn’t work for me. Then the skies parted and the angels sang and Minted came out with a stellar collection of photo-free holiday cards letting me order now and print an acceptable photo at a later date to put in the envelope with the card. (For the record: Minted does not know who I am, does not know about this post, and will probably never, ever see this post. This is not sponsored content.)
My top contenders, i.e., images I’ve been sending to various family and friends forcing them to think about Santa & snow when they are trying to plan the most perfect Halloween costume:
Which one will I choose? Only time will tell. But this year, I’m taking care of the cards before Halloween. One less thing to worry about in December*, you know what I mean?
*One less thing to worry about in December = more time for me to drink delicious spiced wine & watch Christmas movies and plan a cookie exchange party. Who am I fooling? No one.