I spent a good chunk of time today creating a holiday card. We used to buy a box of cards and write something interesting inside and then send them to family and friends. We never went with the photo cards where we had to drop off the negative and then pick up the cards a few days later. It just never seemed worth the effort.
Now, however, one can simply upload digital photographs to a handy web site, choose from a variety of card layouts with multiple photos, pay by credit card, and wait for them to come in the mail. That is what I spent my time on today. What took the biggest bit of time was selecting the photos. We have lots of photos but few fit the criteria.
The photos had to:
- Have good composition, meaning they had to be good photographs in general
- Contain a mix of seasons (not all from the summer, not all from the winter)
- Show each of us at least once, with a preference for the children
- Not show any of us in every photo
I think I did well. I went with four photos, rather than nine to keep a balanced square. That would have taken even longer. I clicked the “purchase” button and they should be here soon. Then we need to write personal notes and addresses and send them off.
I look forward to getting cards as well as sending them. My parents used to hang them along a doorway, then along the wall when that was filled. It was a part of the holidays I enjoyed and remember. We always hear from someone we have not seen or heard from on a while. It seems the one time of year when being in touch happens for many people.
We might have gone with e-cards, to save paper and greenhouse gases, and money for that matter. But they just don’t feel the same. You can’t hang an e-card on the wall or read it as you walk back from the mailbox in the snow. The children can’t line up e-cards on the floor and sort them. It is a conscious choice to send paper cards. It is worth it. Holiday cards are a part of the season and I look forward to them. Even thinking about hearing from friends and family makes me smile. With the cold and snow lately, I say bring on the holidays.