Like most people, I love getting cards during the holidays. Dan joked about it being the ‘original social media’ – a time when we put our best faces forward and show our friends and family how well we’re doing. 😉 But now that we have facebook, we can give these kinds of ‘photographic status updates’ any time of the year. But Christmas seems to be the exception, people still send cards. I love it. Although… It’s almost better to get a card outside holiday season, like in July. If someone sends a card via snail mail in July, (at least here in Michigan) then they must genuinely like you enough to step away from the amazing activities and gorgeous beaches just to sit down and write lil’ ole YOU a letter. 🙂
For the past 8 or so years, I’ve handwritten cards to friends and family during the holidays. In fact, I usually start writing them in early November. But here’s the kicker – and I’m not joking – I’ve never actually mailed out my cards. I’ve spent hours and hours writing cards over the period of a few weeks, only to have Christmas come and go before I can send them. One year, I wrote on the outside of each envelope “Whoops, Missed XMas..Happy New Year!” …But I still didn’t send them all. I might have gotten a couple in the mail, but not all.
The excuses were endless: Couldn’t find the address. Lost the stamps. Planning to order return address labels. It’s Sunday, the mail doesn’t go out anyway… you get the idea. Eventually I would just chalk it up to a missed opportunity.
But this year is different.
This year…. I used a digital printing service (Minted.com) I’m super excited about them. Our iphone selfie looks awesome! 😀 Granted… I started the process in November and TECHNICALLY I haven’t sent them yet… But I’m going to! Not only are they a high quality print on a textured stock, they addressed the envelopes for FREE. Ahhh.. where have you been all my life?? 🙂