Thursday, December 03, 2009

Christmas Cards...

Done. And Done.

A few months ago, I was playing the part of Scrooge, and decided that there was no way I had the energy to get my two little bickering cherubs to put on cute outfits and smile for the camera. I decided that in light of the economy and some other made up shit I can't remember, I was not going to do cards this year. Then I started talking to my soul-sister Ashley and got a bit of the Christmas Card Hunt Bug. I started casually looking for a card template that might appeal to me if I were going to do cards, which I was not. I bookmarked a few. Then it occurred to me that I could just use pictures from earlier in the year. I didn't have to go through the whole winter-photo-shoot-hell thing. Then Ashley posted that Shutterfly had a day or two left in their BIG SALE. And it was ON. I had those cards designed, uploaded, and ordered in a day.

They've all been addressed, stamped, and mailed. I fully expect to get Ashley's card first as I do every year. Picture cards get a spot of honor on the refrigerator each year. I've got to get working on clearing the front off. I love seeing pictures of friends and family that we don't see all year long. I especially love a funny pic. I can't wait to see what the mail brings this year!

Speaking of which can we review Swistle's Christmas Card Scoring System:
  • Card received: +5

  • BCard received before December 1st: -1

  • Card received after December 25th: -1

  • Card is pretty, and looks nice on wall: +3

  • Card is glittery: +1

  • Card sheds that glitter: -2

  • Card is shiny / has metallic accents: +1

  • Card does not contain card, but only letter, so there is nothing to put up on the wall: -5

  • Card is e-card: -5

  • Card includes photo or is photo card: +5

  • More than one photo: +2 each additional photo

  • Photo is non-Christmassy so will look good on fridge all year: +1

  • Photo is Christmassy so increases holiday feeling of card: +1

  • Red-eye causes family to appear possessed by evil Christmas spirit: -1

  • Photo was taken on beach this past summer in summer clothing, so family looks chilly against winter pattern of card: -1

  • Photo includes dogs with glowing eyes who seem poised to eat humans: -1

  • Card includes letter: +5

  • Letter is informative and interesting: +3

  • Letter describes child as "amazing" or "already an avid reader and accomplished Suzuki violinist at age 3!": -3 each

  • Letter is so braggy and saccharine-cheery, I wonder why I associate with these people: -3

  • Letter is so very braggy and saccharine-cheery, it crosses over into comical and becomes fun to read aloud in an unkind tone of voice: +2

  • Letter uses the word "blessed" more than one time: -1 per use (not including first use)

  • Letter is a sermon/evangelism disguised as a Christmas letter, and contains pious spiritual hopes for our country, for our country's leaders, for mankind, and for me personally: -5

  • Letter mentions details of gross surgery/illness: -1 or +1, depending on entertainment value

  • Letter contains thinly-veiled family gossip: +3

  • Letter contains information that should have been told earlier: -2

  • Card includes check: +5

  • Large check: +10

  • Card includes announcement of pregnancy: +10

  • Card from Christmas Card Friends contains surprising news of baby born since last card sent: +10

Based on the scoring system, my card, depending on which one you get, should be either a 16 or a 20 (+/- whether you think it is pretty, I gave it points for pretty). I'll give them a week or two to get where they're supposed to be and then I'll post them here.


  1. Love your card and it was our first!

  2. Your card totally gets 20 points. You should get ours the beginning of next week. I may have fallen out of the winnings for first-card-of-the-year this year. Next year, though, I will reclaim the title. So glad you did a card. The front of our fridge wouldn't have been the same this Christmas!


You're fabulous for leaving a comment!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...