With the holiday season peeking around the corner, it’s time to get out your digital address book and get those Christmas cards in the mail.
As a self-proclaimed slacker and holiday season procrastinator, I have to admit that I have never once sent out a Christmas card.
Considering I have two young children, that is a bit of a holiday no-no. So, I am going to be a big kid this year and send out Christmas cards. This is me putting it in print, so now I have to.
I would like to personally thank all the people that still send my family a Christmas card even though I have never reciprocated the kindness.
There are four different types of Christmas cards I receive each year, and they are always classic.
>> You just had a baby or got married. Use it to your advantage and use those photos you already paid for again! Slap that baby on a card and send it to your friends and family. They love those pictures and will land you a front and center spot on the refrigerator.
>> You have young kids, so you have to get the entire family in a picture together, smiling, fully dressed and standing still. No problem, right? Wrong! Huge problem. You will spend an entire week planning this photo shoot down to the exact minute. You will have it timed perfectly after the toddler’s first nap but before the kindergartener melts. You will pick out clothes, have them ironed and ready, and will most likely start the day with some sort of bribe breakfast – like doughnuts, so the kids have less reason to scream. It will take 30 minutes to get a photo with everyone looking and smiling. You will yell at a couple kids and the dog, bribe everyone with a trip to Target, and make threats through a smiling face. The card will go out, you will breathe a sigh of relief and you will land a spot in the middle of the fridge. At least at your mom’s house.
>> Your kids have flown the coop and you get to send out a Christmas card of you and your spouse living your best life while traveling through Europe because you actually saved for retirement and Social Security is still a thing. You will get the middle of the fridge spot from no one because they are jealous.
>> You don’t send out a card. You don’t get a middle of the fridge spot. You are me.
So get out that address book and fire up your VistaPrint account. It’s the holiday season.