I'm a bit ahead on the Christmas card front. The guys were outside throwing a football, and I realized how great the red jackets looked against the gray day. That part was serendipity, the jackets having come from a hand-me-down bag, a thrift store and Dillard's super-clearance sale. Digital cameras made picking the perfect shot cost-free. I had forty 4 x 6 prints made for 16 cents apiece at Sam's Club. I thought about doing the 12 cents/2-day processing, but $2 more was worth getting them done in one trip.
This year I'm freeing myself from Christmas card perfectionism. Perhaps it's a regional thing, but a lot of people we know send lavish cards with professional photos of their children, professionally designed messages, even hand-lined envelopes coordinated with the artwork on the front. I usually manage a clearance sale card with a photo tucked inside. This year I only had a motley assortment of yard sale cards. I swallowed my perfectionist pride and picked one to suit each recipient. I am writing a personal note to each. I'm trying not to get caught up in the expensive idea that our family's worth is fully represented by a few sheets of paper.