I've never felt like the Christmas cards I send out are truly "us." And to be frank, I never truly felt delighted in ordering them, because my experience has been void or creativity. I find a template, plug in my posed photo for the year, click "order", and go on my way. Perhaps its because I come from a line of Christmas card makers (or at least, that's what I've coined my grandpa and uncle who carry on the tradition), with my grandpa hand making each and every card when Christmas arrived, and now his son, my uncle, doing just the same. I come from a family who literally makes everything they are capable of (we are one creative bunch!) Perhaps our card has never truly felt like "us" because Matt and I are all about the process--the process that comes with doing, and making--and not just the outcome of a product. Don't get me wrong, I completely love the cards I get from my friends and family. They are so "them", template or handmade, they fit the sender. However, when it came to "us", its never felt like a process. Its an upload and go, a disappointment in the price tag, or a last minute rush--and then that's it, its done.
As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I'm learning that the process is what counts. And really all that our cards have been these last few years are a product, completely missing the enjoyment of slowing down, sitting around a table, and painting, cutting, glueing, and getting messy while creating our cards. What I love most about the ornaments on our Christmas tree is that each one has a story. Even more than that I love that my entire life, someone has taken the time to slow down and tell me the story behind them. They invested time in the process of Christmas traditions. For you, the process of making a card or hearing the story behind where a passed down ornament came from might not be as important, and that's okay! But for me, it is central to who I am--that's how I tick. The process that comes with making traditions and being creative is what fills the crevices of my being.
This year, our cards find themselves hand painted on recycled paper and meshed with Prinstagram Mini Prints. I just ordered the Mini Prints and chose a random assortment of Instagram photos from the past year. I decided to be less stress and go with Intsta for our "family photo." Kinda fun, right? I cannot wait to assemble and mail to them off!
What about you, do you find delight in picking out or making your Christmas card? What are your traditions that you cannot wait to tell the stories of and pass along to family?