As I mentioned in my last post, my Christmas/Holiday cards have arrived. They're very much Christmas themed though they don't technically say Christmas on them so I hope they don't offend my Jewish friends who will be receiving them, though to be fair, I don't think they are super offendable people. Honestly Christmas has become such a secular holiday ANYWAY that I think it's hard to offend anyone with it. Though maybe I just have cool friends who don't take offense that easily. Though I probably have some super religious friends who are now offended by my saying that Christmas has become a secular holiday which not only proves that I CANNOT WIN but is also not a false statement, see also: Black Friday shopping starting in the middle of Thanksgiving Day. (Ok, not QUITE that early, but give it a year or two.) Plus, TECHNICALLY, the Christmas holiday celebrations and customs were all ripped off from ancient pagan festivals, so... do with that information what you will.
This is also proving the not-shocking statement that I have a horrible inability to stay on subject.
When I was little(r) we always sent out Christmas cards. We didn't do the brag-letter but we sent cards. For some reason I had it in my mind that that was just something grownups DID - send out Christmas cards. I have done it every year that I've been on my own, and I sort of feel like an old lady doing it, or maybe I'm a bit of a traditionalist, but whatever, I don't care. I LIKE sending Christmas cards. I like receiving them too, but that is by no means an expectation. I think they're fun and even though they're frequently canned and "impersonal" (like mine are) it's fun to see everyone's family pictures. Especially if you hold on to them for several years and then unearth the old ones and wave it around and then you can remind your uncle of how much hair he used to have. I've never done this, but another tradition in my family is to take a picture of each family every year when we're gathered at my grandma's. I should really try to round those up, that would be so fun to compile and take with me some year.
AGAIN, OFF TOPIC.
SO I GOT MY CHRISTMAS CARDS. OMG KELLY STAY ON TOPIC WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU.
Since Shutterfly didn't do their blogger giveaway promotion
thing this year (to my extreme disappointment - I even had my post all
written and ready to go! What a waste...) I decided to DESIGN MY OWN.
From scratch. I was so irrationally excited about this, you guys, and I
second-guessed myself no less than half a dozen times because for some
reason these cards had to be PERFECT because I had to prove to myself
and anyone that I "still had it" - IT, of course, being my design
skills, for which I went to college to learn. After two photoshoots and
several revisions, I finally got to the place where I decided I was
comfortable sending them to everyone on my holiday card list. At the
last minute I, um, made myself a little logo to put on the back. Because
nothing is a better idea than at the very last minute throwing some
sort of brand together to establish a potential freelance "business." I
tried to keep it somewhat visually tied to what I've been tinkering with
on this blog, and my goal for 2013 is to eventually get all of my
branding inline with itself and sort out what my intentions are for my
web presence and maybe even get myself a real website and smash on a
portfolio or something. I don't know. It's all very lofty. I also want
to complete my first draft of a project I don't even want to talk about
for fear I will jinx myself. (Henceforth to be known as: A Project I
Don't Even Want to Talk About For Fear I Will Jinx Myself.) Lots of
things to do next year. I'd say "this year" because WHY WAIT but this
month is crazy busy so I'm not going to set forth any unrealistic
But, I digress. I had ordered my address labels about a month ago from Overnight Prints
(the same place I had ordered them from last year, which I think I
found because of seeing them on someone else's blog) because there are
only so many ways you can lay out your address, but I was being a
cheapskate so I selected the most economical shipping and processing, so
they arrived approximately a day (maybe two) before the cards did. The
cards themselves I ordered just a couple weeks ago and I sprung for the
extra $2 to get the corners rounded because, I don't know, I like
rounded corners, whatever, shut up.
Then I went home over
lunch on Friday and there was a little box on my front step and I may
have audibly squeaked and then I raced upstairs and shoved all the cards
into the green envelopes that I had purchased long ago (this was a
multi-phase process) and had pre-addressed and stamped (I got bored
waiting for the other stuff to come in) and promptly took Wave 1 to the
post office. Some of them may be being delivered AS WE SPEAK. This is monumentally exciting. (It's the little things, guys.)
I was very impressed with the quality of the
cards. They're a nice thick stock and the printing was excellent. I
should know, I work for a company that does commercial printing (among
many other things). (At which point I will admit I feel like an asshole
for using a cheap Internet printing service for printing my cards, but
it was a fraction of the cost and as previously established I AM A
CHEAPSKATE). The printing is so clear that I was disheartened to
discover that there had been an errant cat hair or two on my scanner bed
that I never even noticed had shown up in my image until I got the
cards in hand. Oops. Mostly it just looks like a scratch or printing
defect, but I know what it REALLY is.
All that to say...
I'm not going to post an image of them just yet. Because I don't want to
prematurely give away the look of them to anyone who is receiving an
Actual Card. Because these are my favorite cards yet and I am eagerly
awaiting to hear people's reactions. I'll post them eventually, don't you worry.
Do you send Christmas/holiday cards? Why or why not?