Christmas always sneaks up on me. Ever since 1999, when the 10th of the month brought a bouncing baby girl into my life, I've struggled with time management in December. Growing up, I had a cousin and a couple of friends with December birthdays. I remember how they'd complain about being gypped having a birthday so close to Christmas. Therefore, when my little Emma Rose came along, I vowed I'd do everything I could to prevent her from feeling the same. So, my self-imposed rules are: no tree until after her birthday. No inside Christmas decorations until after her birthday. A special friends-only party that is separate from the "family" party. So far, I think we've succeeded (you'd have to ask her for sure), but the downside is that starting on December 11, every year, I start the mad scramble to get everything done in time.
One of the tasks that's traditionally left to the last minute is the family Christmas card. Every year, somewhere around Halloween, I have big dreams and grand ideas about what our card should look like. With family spread all over the U.S., I like the card to feature a photo of the 5 of us, or, more often than not, the 3 kids. As a papercrafter, I prefer handmade cards...not those Wal-mart photo cards (not that there's anything wrong with them, just a personal preference)...so the family photo is incorporated into a hand-made, hand-stamped card. Of course, when you wait until the last-minute, what's a girl to do?
|Wyngaard Family Christmas Card 2011|
|"Rough Draft" of Wyngaard Family Christmas Card 2012|
Creatively (and procrastinating-ly) yours,