Holiday Cards & Unconventional Christmas Letters

One item that is always on my holiday to-do list is Christmas cards.  I don’t know about you, but the mere idea of a family photo causes me to break out in hives.  Trying to make sure that everyone is clean, happy, coordinated and cooperative is like buying a Powerball ticket – the odds aren’t in my favor.  Perhaps this is why we haven’t had a true family photo in, um, three years.   I do love this photo from 2008, but boy, if this photo could talk, oh the stories it could tell…

A typical photo shoot ends up looking something like this.  My boys goof off (or run away), and my daughter thinks she’s Cheryl Tiegs.

When this happens and I don’t have a group photo that I can work with, I go to Plan B -put together a holiday card with photos of everyone individually.  That’s what I did last year.

This year’s card should arrive tomorrow, so I’m keeping it under wraps for now.  🙂  But I must give Shutterfly some snaps, because they offer a lot of choices and some great deals!  (Not being paid by Shutterfly, I just love them).

The card is only the first step, then there is The Christmas Letter.  Let me tell you up front, that I am not a “My-Kid-is-an-Honor-Student” Christmas letter writer, because honestly, they’re just not real.  You know the ones I’m talking about.   So, my version is the exact opposite.

For example, one year I wrote about the five FREE things I wanted for Christmas, which included the following:

  • The Remote
  • An uninterrupted telephone call, shower or trip to the bathroom
  • Not world peace – household peace
  • I want my kids to listen to me
  • I want my husband to change the empty roll of toilet paper
    • Let’s think about it.  If a man is using toilet paper, isn’t a safe bet that he’s usually sitting down?  So, if he’s sitting down, is it such a stretch to ask that he put the magazine down for a moment and put the toilet paper on the roll?

You get the idea. 😉

So, are your holiday cards ready to go?

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Linking to:
The 36th Avenue – Blogging Around the Christmas Tree


  • Reply
    December 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Wish I could say that yes, I had my Christmas cards ready, but nope, I don't even have a goop picture of my kids, I have the same problem as you, and probably the rest of the world! I may just try what you have done in the past, will see how that goes.

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    A Vintage Vine
    December 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    You are hilarious, love that list you came up with! I am still laughing about the toilet paper…The kids are darling, your little girl is going to be a heart breaker!!

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    Mrs. Limestone
    December 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I dont write them myself but I love those christmas newsletters. I don't know why they get so much bad press – its nice to see a 'year in review' from people I love.

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