We have a pretty long-standing tradition of handmade cards. Peter and I made them ourselves for years, until we got old and tired, then we had children so that they could do it. Although this year, we've been running so frantically, its really a wonder these got made at all. I checked back in my archives and realized most of the cards made by the kids get made and given so quickly that they never made it onto the blog at all. Last year, the kid's drawings were carved into MasterCarve blocks, which were then hand-stamped onto cards and further embellished with stickers. This year, in the hurry and scurry, I simply gave them each a piece of paper and colored pencils, and directed them only with "please draw what you'd like your holiday card to look like." Emma's has Gracie included (of course!), and glittered effects on a painterly little tree. Ian's is a tree with 4 gifts, one quite a bit taller than the tree itself. "Cristmas" is misspelled (love!), and a very enthusiastic quote from him on the back-
I love that I did not tell them to "do your best work" or "add lot's of detail and color" (there's other times I remind them of that) and that this is a true reflection of them, right here, right now.
I printed multiples of these on those prepackaged, prefolded blank cards from the office supply store, for teachers, our friends, their friends, and our family. Done. Boom.
Aaaaannnnd, I handed over all my packages to the Post Office yesterday (do yourself a favor and take advantage of those Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, they really save money!). Theeeeennnnnn, as usual, I remembered I actually have a few more to mail, so I'm not quite done. Good grief Charlie Brown.
My new favorite Christmas song.
What about you guys??