This is a post in which I blabber on about my love of Christmas cards as a way to share a few of our new family photos. (Special shout out to Mr. G for shopping for both me and Pumpkin when I decided on a Tuesday that we were having family photos on a Friday!)
I’ve been a Christmas card sender as far back as I can remember. I was pretty young when my parents split up, and when we were kids, my mom would have my sister and I send out our own cards. And I kept it up once I moved out on my own, and eventually added an annual letter, too.
Back when Mr. G and I were dating, I read a newspaper column where the writer had a tradition of saving each year’s card and letter in a binder to be read every year when the new one went in. I started the same tradition that same year, so I have all the cards and letters going back to when Mr. G and I were engaged. I love looking back at them every year and seeing how our family has grown!
We try to make our letters entertaining, sometimes written by the dogs or the kids and once written as a newspaper article (we met while both working at a newspaper).
I know Christmas cards aren’t for everyone, and it can be an added stress in an already stressful time of year. But while we do ours mainly for ourselves to have them to look back on, we also love getting them! It’s so fun to get non-junk mail throughout the holiday season from loved ones near and far, and we keep them hung up in the dining room as part of our holiday decorations.
And sometimes, if I have any extra time to be crafty, we use the previous year’s cards to make little gifts.
Do you send holiday cards this time of year? I have some friends who do them for Valentine’s Day instead, which I also love!