What’s your family’s Christmas card tradition? Is it Mom buys or makes the Christmas cards, Mom signs the Christmas cards, Mom writes the Christmas letter and Mom addresses the envelops? That used to be how Christmas cards worked in our family too. It’s amazing what one little set of twins can do to a Mom! It was challenging to find a free hand to cook and clean, much less tackle the busyness of Christmas. We did some serious simplifying that year, including the Christmas cards!
Our Christmas cards had been homemade for so long, I couldn’t bear to send store bought Christmas cards (or spend the extra money). So with my card making supplies and rubber stamps on hand, I designed a simple card that included a job or two for my husband, my older kids and me. The cards went around the table assembly line style. The first person folded the cardstock in half, and then everyone stamped in the appropriate place (or close to it). By the time the cards came around the table, they were finished. It took about 30 minutes. If you’re not a rubber stamper, you can use patterned paper, clip art, stickers or let your children draw pictures.
I had to keep telling myself it didn’t matter if everything wasn’t positioned correctly or if there was a smudge here and there. I even put something in our Christmas letter about the family project of making Christmas cards, hoping they would understand why the cards weren’t up to my previous standard. Several relative thought that was a cute idea and I was satisfied with that year’s alternative.
I was caught a little off guard the following November when the kids asked when we were going to make Christmas cards again! We? With a little hesitation, Christmas cards became a family thing. Several years down the road and I love it! We recently made 45 Christmas cards in about an hour. The designs are a little more complex and we enjoy the time we spend together and the tradition. Now I just need to convince them to help address the envelopes!