Monday, December 5, 2016

I Landed In The Christmas Card Hall Of Shame

For the past few years I've ordered cards to send out for Christmas. Photo cards. I always include photos of the kids and a photo of Lisa and myself. I choose the design, upload the photos, and I personalize the cards with a greeting and sign off with all of our names. The cards are delivered via USPS about a week later. I put the cards in the envelopes, address, stamp, and send. That's it.

This year, despite the many reminders scribbled on Post-It Notes, I forgot to order our photo Christmas cards.

Actually, it was a combination of putting it off and forgetting.

Creating the photo cards takes a bit of time. I have to choose the photos, make sure they're the right size so the photos aren't grainy. Then, I have to choose the color and font for the greeting and anything else I want to include. It probably takes me longer to do all of this because it has to look just right before I place the order.

I can't just do one font and one color and be done with it. I experiment with several of each and pick the one I like the best.

Here it is. December 5th and this is happening. Yep. Store bought Christmas cards. No photos. Generic message. Handwritten greeting.

I seriously just want to crawl in a hole and hide. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing or slamming store bought cards. Not at all. Boxed Christmas cards have come a long way over the years. Lisa found some cool ones with simple greetings.

I'm simply being hard on myself. We've sent photo cards the past few years. This year, store bought Christmas cards.

For me, it's a reminder that I was totally caught off guard with our busiest month out of the year. With the addition of the Bodacious 12 Days Of Christmas, helping out some pet parents and families who have fallen on hard times, prepping for the Whiskers In Wonderland event, and offering the Bodacious Country Holiday Ornaments, I fell behind.

Really. Really. Behind. 

Next year will be different. Much different. Better time management and a stricter schedule is on my list o' things to work on for the new year.


And now, it's time to finish those damn Christmas cards...

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