At the end of every year I lose my mind trying to create a perfect Christmas card. Usually, it is a picture of the kids. Every once in a while if we’ve just had some family pictures taken I might use that. I have been on all the popular sites such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc… It stresses me out and I don’t know why I care so much. There are so many options and layouts and different kinds of paper to choose from.
When they start arriving in our mailbox I begin to feel as though ours isn’t good enough because I compare it to the tri-fold brochure with metallic paper that one family sent.
Every single year I worry about having that perfect shot and a cute themed card to match. Just thinking of the time and money spent on such a ridiculous piece of paper that usually gets thrown away is mind blowing.
This year I had resolved myself to just do a simple picture. No fluff. That sort of happened. I initially started stressing over how I was going to capture the picture. Suddenly over Thanksgiving break I had a nice picture of the kids with Santa. Now that part was done.
When I went to match that picture with a background theme I cringed at either the way they looked together or the price. I found one I liked but with a $3 per card price I clicked that little red box with an x at the top of the screen. Not happening. I in all honesty searched through 500+ card options one evening.
I ended up going back to the basics where our Christmas cards originated. Wal-Mart. I remember the 30 card package for $9.99 that was such a great deal. There were limited options, but the stress was zilch. I found a reasonable card that was a Hallmark design on their site and just went with it. I still took way too much time over such a meaningless thing.
My Christmas resolution for 2014 is to take one picture and go back to the cheap, less stressful cards. No worrying about matching clothes and perfect smiles. Just a glimpse of everyday life from our house to yours.