Thursday, December 18, 2008
My Waterloo: Christmas Cards
So far this holiday season, I think I have done really well. I did most of my shoping in advance, D and I have avoided breaking the bank with gifts, and I have enjoyed the parties, happy hours, and other festivities without eating too much, drinking too much, or doing anything too silly! However, I have met my match with one facet of the holidays….Christmas Cards!
As I write this, I am feeling bad because I am not sure we going to send out Christmas cards this year. The reason is the absolute worst…indecision. All year long, I thought I would design a card with D and I’s photos to send to everyone. In fact, I did put several together, filled out the order forms, but stopped just short of pressing “purchase.” I worried that the custom cards were too expensive, and then I questioned my choice of photos, then the colors, and then I wondered if, in a few days, I would find a coupon online…you can see where this is going…
D and I continue to get cards from our friends and family that make my day, and I just feel bad that we don’t have any cards to send to them. D says that I should just go to Target and pick out some cards and quit obsessing about it, but I have stubbornly told him that I would rather not send a card that doesn’t reflect us, and I worry that the only cards left are the cards that no one wanted.
Then, the other day, I started to think about why we even send Christmas cards. I realized that I shouldn’t have been so worried about picking out the perfect card and displaying the perfect photo of our life. Rather, sending cards is a chance to let the special people in our life know that we are thinking about them and took the time to let them know. I wish I had spent my time looking for a card that would make our friends and family smile, rather than one that made my hair look good! Oh me, how did I get it so wrong this year?
So, thank you for reading that long story. Do you think I should suck it up, go to Target and find some cards to send this weekend or not worry about sending cards this year?