Merry Christmas!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!
It’s the hap -happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap – happiest season of all!

This song was blasting on the stereo at my house just before Christmas, while I was having a hissy-fit because my kids were driving me crazy.  And I just had to laugh, because even though I was really frustrated, yelling at my kids, I couldn’t disagree with the song.  I love the holiday season!  I love the traditions, the tree, the lights, the cookies, the anticipation, and then finally…Christmas day!  But, unfortunately, there can be some downsides to the most wonderful time of the year.  Like… It turns generally sane adults into glutenous shopaholic lunatics who forget how to drive, and it turns perfectly nice kids into over-sugared greedy egomaniacs who won’t help clean the house.

One of my most favorite things about the holiday season is the Christmas cards.  I’ve always loved making our cards, and for the weeks around Christmas I love that our mailbox is filled with beautiful cards from the people I love, instead of ridiculous coupons  and “Value Pacs” that go straight into the recycle bin.

For the past few years I’ve had fun silk-screening our holiday cards and including a family photo, but this year we had a professional come in.  Back in the fall, at the kids’ school auction, we purchased a photo shoot and decided to use it for our holiday cards.  It was a good friend who was the photographer, and so a few weeks ago we went over to her house, donned in our best holiday sweaters and accessories, and sat in front of a big white sheet while she snapped away.  When she was done, we went through all of the photos and had to make the difficult decision as to which one we should use for our card.

It was tough, but we finally decided on one.  Then our friend worked her magic with PhotoShop, added a beautiful background and meaningful words, placed the order, and the cards arrived in our mailbox a few days later.   Besides the modeling, all I had to do was put stamps and addresses on them.  Beautiful!  Although I was a bit sad we couldn’t use more than one photo for our cards.  So today I’m going to share some of the others, so that I don’t feel like they’ve gone to waste.

First, here’s the one we chose for the card:

These individual photos were added to the back of the card:

This was a runner up:

And here are some that didn’t make the cut:

Photo Shoot

And I love this one that I took of Todd at the photo shoot:

Christmas was three days ago, come and gone so quickly, but the cards keep coming in, and the most wonderful time of the year continues until New Year’s when, thankfully, it is finally over and we can finally go back to our normal lives.

Merry Christmas!

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