When the Husband and I first got married we sent Christmas cards to everyone invited to the wedding. It had only been 2 months since the big day and so we sent Christmas cards with pics taken by the wedding photographer. It was fun to do and incredibly easy. Things have changed. Oh, how things have changed.
1. The photographic subjects in our cards are not two well-behaved love-drunk adults. They're two small, short-attention-spanned children.
2. I love Christmas cards a million times more now than I did then.
Every single card I send is sent with love. I know the people in our lives (and the friends & family we don't get to see often) want to see what the kids look like and I want them to know we're thinking of them during the holidays and I'm also secretly hoping to get cards with their kids or cats or dogs sent back to me.
Despite the challenge of getting our two little guys to smile, look at the camera and get their hands out of their eye, ear, nose... whatever we do it. We usually get pictures good enough to print and frame for the house, so it's a double score. We send our little picture in hand-addressed envelopes (not cause I'm old-school, because we don't have a printer.) I hope with inappropriate levels of anxiety that they will all reach the proper recipients still intact and they will convey my unwritten "We're thinking of you." message. And I (now not-so-secretly) hope for cards to come in return so I can see my friends and their kids smiling at me saying "We're thinking of you, too."