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the greatest holiday tradition

by Carly-Ann

my mom is so super talented!
no photo will do justice to this five panel accordian or any other card she has made

this will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, but i’ll say it anyway: as far as i am concerned, the greatest holiday tradition of all? the art of sending christmas cards. to some, it seems an antiquated idea in the day and age of instant, electronic message delivery. others can’t see any reason to bother. for me and for as long as i can remember, it’s always been the most exciting activity of all (aside from santa’s visits, of course.) i love every step: the choosing of cards, adornments and postage, the writing of the cards, the stamping and addressing of the envelopes, dumping the lot of them into the mailbox. the only thing more thrilling is finding the floor of the apartment littered with a splash of festive little red and green envelopes full of sentiments and photos, news and best wishes. opening each one as carefully as a beautifully wrapped present then choosing the perfect spot to display it makes the season more enjoyable. i regret that fewer and fewer people are partaking in the tradition, but i have no choice other than to accept it. it’s december 2nd and, sadly, a christmas card has yet to cross the threshold of this apartment. either my popularity has dropped severely or the card writing habits of some of my friends and family have dropped off. shame, really.

this hand drawn and coloured card courtesy of my incredibly talented friend, howie woo

i’ve made the declaration in the past and i stick to it wholeheartedly. no circumstance, no philosophy, no reasoning will ever prevent me form sending out holiday cards. my dedication to work this year prevented me from creating as many as i’d liked, but i do have a handful of homemade cards to share with my dearest of friends. (no spoiler photos today since i think all of them read my posts. remind me to post some later in the month.) tonight i will relish the opportunity to sit quiet, pen in hand, carols filling the room and devote a moment to some of the people who have made this year another great one and this life something to celebrate.

i am totally feeling the holiday love. xoxo everyone! <3

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micmash December 3, 2011 - 1:09 pm

I LOVE getting Christmas cards, bday cards or whatever. Sadly they seem to be getting less and less each year. I love that you still enjoy this so much and put so much effort in to it. While i send out cards, my effort is hardly as awesome as yours. I look forward to finding our card from you in our mailbox 🙂

Nathan Pralle (@npralle) December 3, 2011 - 6:11 pm

I hope your card-sending holiday is the best one ever! 🙂

Y is for Yogini December 7, 2011 - 3:20 am

holiday love back to you in spades, missy! 😀 xo

Victory Lane December 8, 2011 - 8:22 pm

I have them sitting here, waiting to be filled out, dropped in the blue mailbox. Alas. Perhaps tomorrow is the day. I’ve been spending so much time crafting… I’ve neglected the things I need to do. Now I can only hope yours gets to you BEFORE Christmas Day. We can hope.

I wish I had the time and creativeness like your mom to hand make those babies… as usual, SJ continues to impress beyond belief.


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