Tuesday, December 17, 2019

WW: 2019 Holiday Card {Linky}

I'm blaming my lateness with my holiday letter/photo on the fact that I got put on Jury Duty this year. It's not like it was that many days, it was actually shorter than a work day, BUT it disrupted my thoughts and my routine big time.

I thought about going with a card that was uber generic and writing that said, "I was tired this year!" Everyone always expects a lot from me in regards to to my Halloween costume and holiday card. Sometimes I am just tired. Another idea: I thought about a standard family photo, but adding some random kid from the internet to join us. I wouldn't say anything to anyone. Just let family and friends talk. Maybe I'll still use one of those ideas. By next year, you would have forgotten about this post altogether. Old ideas become fair game by then.

I moved away from postcards. Printing postcards I'd spend at least $50, if I didn't have a coupon code it would be more like $100. Photos that are the same size were $11, if I didn't have a coupon code more like $20. Then I just print a letter.

You are the first to see the holiday photo besides my coworkers and inner family that got handed one. 

What to put on a card when one child talks about space non stop, and the other one gets a Leopard Gecko: 

It took awhile to change all the blue trim in the astro suits to green. I replaced space patches to holiday patches. Sunny our Gecko is nocturnal, so I had to disrupt his sleep to get photos of him. He's slow moving in his tank, but quick moving outside his tank. I struggled to get good photos of him. 

All in all it's fun! 

Mica thinks it's stupid, BUT he thinks most of what I do is stupid. Teenagers! He asked me to print 7 photos out, for his teachers/friends. Once I got them he didn't want them. He hates mixing friends with family. They are like 2 different modes in his book. 

Isaak struggled to understand why there was nothing on the back of the photo. He's used to our postcards. Again they were way cheaper this way. 



It's hard to top yourself when you do a lot other years. Kids become less cute, and more handsome. If you are interested, check out my other holiday cards on my pinterest board here.

Question for you: When do you drop someone from your holiday card list? 

I understand some people don't make cards. There are some people I haven't seen, for years. One I hung out with in high school all the time. I miss her, but I've reached out to her several times. Every time she's in town I never hear from her. Crickets! At this point I don't know if she wants anything to do with me. She might even see me as a stalker? I hope not! I'm wondering if it's time to cut ties...


stevebethere said...

That post made me smile Alissa heheh!

Have a spacetastic week

Happy Christmas :-)

csuhpat1 said...

That is so cool. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Veronica Lee said...

Love your holiday card, A. So cool!

Merry Christmas!

XmasDolly said...

Awww Great family picture, and I can see you're all having a great time. I know about being tired all the time with working two & three jobs being a single mom! All my life I wanted a complete family and for it to act like a normal family. The closest I ever got was me having both roles (Mom & Dad) & trying to keep it as close to normal as I can. My kids were real troopers too I must say. Now they're all on their own. How would you like to meet my oldest daughter? She's a real trooper and helped me the whole time. Gotta love her & we're going Christmas shopping together on the 19th. Woo Hoo Funnnnnnn Well, let me introduce you https://www.facebook.com/NightOwlMama Have a great day girlfriend! hugs Dang, those boys are getting big~!

Theresa Mahoney said...

You always have the best cards! However, I feel you when it starts to feel like too much. I cut my holiday card list way down this year. Family usually gets one with their cookie boxes. I only mailed out a handful to people I wouldn't see but still wanted them to know I was thinking about them during the holidays. I probably would have cut ties with your non responsive friend a long time ago. As soon as I start questioning if there's a friendship, that probably means we've both moved on. That's not a bad thing, sometimes people aren't meant to be in our lives forever and that's okay.

Meditations in Motion said...

You are so creative with your Holiday card! Love it!!! I also love the idea of having a random kid join your family picture.

anportraits said...

that card is great, I love it! I, too, have a 14yo and an 11yo (both boys) and feel your pain. For your question, if I haven't received a card from someone in three years, I will not send a card back (unless it is an older relative).

~ Noelle said...

Love it!!
Yes, I too have decided that cards are way to expensive... going a cheaper route next year... as to when to drop them on the list, I still dont know. I say "if I dont hear from them... I'm done, but then I send anyways..it costs me too much these days.

Liz Mays said...

You're always so creative with your cards. This came out super cute!

mail4rosey said...

I love the Christmas Letter. I think you did a wonderful job with the pics. It's a very fun photo!


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