I think I mention every year that I like to get my Christmas cards together and out the door in the very beginning of December. That did not happen this year. In fact, I struggled to get the motivation to do them at all. I took the above picture in my backyard on Thanksgiving. I dragged the kids out there, set up my point & shoot camera on a kitchen bar stool, and had to keep reminding the kids to look at the camera while the timer kept snapping pictures. It was definitely not a thrilling experience. I didn't even know if we would end up with one decent picture.
The one above turned out ok, so I made it black & white and ordered a stack of them from mpix.
That is where my little amount of motivation pretty much halted. I decided to stop complaining to myself and do the essential Christmas cards - great grandparents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and my office in Miami. Once I mailed those off and looked at the stack of pictures left over, I realized I should make a little more effort. There isn't a lot I can do for Christmas this year for financial reasons, so I wanted to at least send these out. I decided just to simplify. I got a box of Christmas themed cards from Hobby Lobby (half-price sale). I printed a simple message on the inside rather than personalized ones. I stuck the above picture on the front and called it good. This isn't my usual effort, but it was nice to do send them off like I typically do.
One of my friends once told me that she doesn't like sending Christmas cards or Christmas letters because some people think you are bragging. For the past few years, when I am sending out cards, I think about that and laugh. I doubt anyone thinks that I am bragging about my life. While I have many blessing and things I am happy about, I have very little to boast about.