There are many kinds of Christmas traditions. Some people bake dozens of cookies or make candy. Some people string popcorn or make hand-crafted ornaments. Each year hubs and I make our own Christmas card. Not with construction paper and glitter, but with photos enhanced by my husband’s photography skills and Photoshop wizardry.
Every year for the past 27 years, with only two exceptions, we have appeared on the covers of these cards either as ourselves or with our faces replacing famous ones — from Santa Claus to Bing Crosby, from the Grinch and his dog Max to Scrooge and Tiny Tim. The two years we did not show our mugs, we received numerous complaints from family and friends.
Some cards have been bigger hits than others. But we amuse ourselves — and apparently my husband’s aunt. She’s saved every single card and was a little upset when she realized she had lost one. (We sent her a replacement).
These cards have become a photo album of Christmases Past, mostly revealing how much we’ve aged over the span of nearly three decades. But they also make us smile when we remember some of the crazy things we went through to set up the shots. Looking back at the covers also stirs up thoughts and feelings like, “Hubs looks like he truly wants to kill me in the Dial M for Murder spoof. Is he a good actor, or should I worry?”
If it sounds like my husband does all the heavy lifting on this project, I’d like to point out we always collaborate on the ideas. And I sign and fold the cards, and address and stamp the envelopes by hand. Every. Single. One. (We sent out more than 130 last year). And since we tend to procrastinate and like to do things the hard way, we seldom get started before December. Then I scramble to make sure they’re delivered before Christmas Eve… which reminds me — I should probably get started!
What are some of your Christmas traditions? And do you include a family photo or annual letter with your holiday cards? Share in comments