I am notoriously bad at sending out Christmas cards. I love getting them though and the picture cards are my favorite. But for some reason, every single year, I’m late getting them done.
Last year, for example. We had a little one on the way so what better time to announce our expanding family to those whom we don’t see often? But once again, time got away from me and I missed the Christmas window and my cards weren’t sent. We ended up sending out New Year’s cards instead. They went out, but they weren’t quite the same as a traditional Christmas card.
Which is probably why this year I was determined, nay even obsessed, with getting our cards sent out. We even signed up for a photoshoot with our friends Jon and Melissa back in November so that we would have some cute photos to use.
We got the pictures back in plenty of time (and they were fantastic, I must say) but the problem was that I was torn… do I send a newsletter and a card? 2010 had been a big year and I wanted to tell people about Henry so a newsletter seemed like a good idea. But I wanted to use the pictures we had taken too so should I just use a card with pictures on it? Or, do I forgo the card altogether and send out a Christmas email? I mean what is acceptable these days?
It took us a while to decide but we finally went with a card,
AND a newsletter.
The card went to everyone on the list, the newsletter went to family and close friends. And we are also sending out an email with the newsletter attached for those whom we may have missed.
And I’m happy to report that the cards were mailed last Monday, almost two whole weeks before Christmas. While I’m glad they are done and I’m pleased with how they turned out, I have to say – it was a lot of work. So much so that I’m wondering if it’s even worth doing it next year. We’ll see. But for now, I’m just happy it’s done and I can sit back and look forward to receiving other people’s Christmas cards in the mail.
What about you – do you send Christmas cards? Newsletters? Christmas emails?