My Holiday Cards Were Ridden With Guilt


I do believe all of our holiday cards for 2012 have been mailed…finally. A few stragglers are making their way through the mail right now, hopefully to arrive as New Year greetings!

I’ve been making my own Christmas cards for years now…they always start as an elaborate project, then, by the time I sit down to do them, they morph into something simple. It’s harder now because December is my busiest time (with work and holiday hullabaloo) so if I don’t get them done early, they don’t happen in a fantastic way. But it’s hard to get into the mood and find inspiration for your Christmas cards during the dog days of summer… In 2010, I met up with my friend Holly in November and we worked on our Christmas cards together….crafting in that hotel room in the Dells was one of my favorite memories that year! And my cards were simple, yet nice and I lined each and every envelope…sigh…those were the days…

Our cards this year were simple enough. I used a CHEERS stamp (from here) and washi tapes on some 4-bar cards (from here). I like making things, but I detest making the same ol’ thing over and over and over and over again… To alleviate boredom, I used a few different colors of cards and envelopes and mixed in different styles of washi tape (and some Martha Stewart tapes leftover from last year).

I really do think this might be my last year making the holiday cards…it’s just not fun anymore and I think my results show it. At this point in my life, I would rather focus on writing a nice note in each card than making each card. When I sat down to do my cards a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to write more, but the urgency of getting-things-done took over and I just went through the motions. I hate going through the motions…especially when it comes to my letter-writing friends and favorite family members. But I will hopefully alleviate my letter-writing guilt by staying on top of my mail in 2013 (a hint to my favorite 2013 resolution).

So I’m curious…do you write letters with each of your holiday cards? Do you expect letters?

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14 thoughts on “My Holiday Cards Were Ridden With Guilt

  1. Alex says:

    Confession: I buy holiday cards… gasp… the worst… I don’t even mail those out. I always tell myself to set a date and get to work. Then when the day comes it just seems to arduous of a task and I give up. It is amazing that you make your own. Sad you’ve lost your love for them. Target has some pretty ones and you can just decorate the envelopes and focus on the letter writing!

  2. Mom says:

    With some special people that I don’t talk to often, I add a letter. Others I will add a short note & still others I just sign. I think over the years that I know everyone is busy & just appreciate a card. Even though I know others are busy, I feel cheated by getting one of those community letters because I don’t feel like it is personal to me.

  3. cath says:

    Since 2010 I have started to write my Christmas cards early. Usually starting on the sixth of december (the 5th is a festive day in the Netherlands). I have become very disciplined too and write three every day. If possible two shorter ones and one longer. This year I fell short of time so next year I probably start on the 1th of december. I hate to feel hurried for the exact same reason as you do. For me too sending cards in general and Christmas cards especially are a cherished tradition that deserves my wholehearted attention.

    • kimberly ah says:

      I love that you spread out the writing, Cath! I think another one of my problems is that I sit down and try to get it all done. Starting early would allow to me to spread out the JOY of writing the cards!

  4. This is a great post b/c I feel like every year we get less and less cards sent over. And it makes me wonder what transition we are in in a world of emails and virtual cards where we see cards as almost a burden to do vs wanting to do them. I do cards b/c I enjoy the process of making them but I am a firm believer that the moment a craft becomes a burden and not a joy to do, then it’s time to stop. That goes with everything from gardening to blogging to trying to take photos of your house to post on a blog when your kids destroy it all anyway. 😉 I love letters and I love it when old friends send me an email out of the blue and genuinely want to see how you are. That means a lot. I say write away!

    • kimberly ah says:

      I do think fewer people are sending holiday cards in general, but in my circle, letter writing is very popular 🙂 I think making the cards is a burden because of the busy time of year and the amount that has to be made…it IS time to stop (just remind me that when Christmas rolls around!) I’m going to focus on the good parts (letter writing & mail art stuff) and BUY my cards!

  5. Donovan says:

    I used to make cards, but then I realized that most of the people I sent handmade cards to didn’t even realize they were handmade and it just wasn’t worth my effort. I write full letters in the cards for people who write me letters, personal greetings in family member cards, and this year I sent postcards to everyone in my address book who I hadn’t heard from in a while just to wish them a full mail box in 2013.

    • kimberly ah says:

      HA! The fact that your cards didn’t look all “homemade-ey” just goes to show what a good artist you are! But I do think there is some truth in making them being worth the effort…I think some people on my list probably feel ripped off that I made their card instead of buying one! I read a “Dear Abby” letter once where a recipient of a handmade card was lamenting about the sender being “cheap” for not buying the cards…I often wonder if that’s how people feel about mine!

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