It’s that time of year again when our mailboxes are are full of Christmas cards and good cheer from family and friends. It’s one of my favorite times of year. Receiving all of these beautiful cards in the mail and seeing our friends and family as they have grown another year. And I love sending out Christmas cards to our family and friends. It brings me joy and really isn’t that what it is all about. Spreading and Bringing Joy to our lives.
However, as much as I love it, I recognize that sometimes receiving all of these cards in the mail can also lead to a serious case of FOMO(Feeling of missing out). Not having had time to get cards out, or the year just got away from you, you didn’t get a family portrait taken, or you just 100% hate Christmas cards(that is ok too!) leads to this simple act of mailing out cards being filled with dread and anxiety.
I’m here to tell you that it is OK To not get out Christmas cards. Just because you get a slew of them, does not mean you need to send our your own. Instead, look at the act of sending out cards as a way to update your friends and family on what is happening in your life. Don’t make it about a specific holiday. Make it about you sending out something you love to someone you love. Change your mindset on the subject and it will change how you feel about doing it.
Below you will see a few different times of year that you could send out a family card and have it be ok! Get started on this tradition because you are excited to, not because you feel like you HAVE to.
New Years Card-instead of having your card arrive with so many others, send it at any time in January of the new year. Have it about being a new year and wishing great things for those you are sending it to.
Valentines Day-Do a family session in February and add some fun kisses or red/pink colors to them so you can send out a Sharing the Love card. It makes it a fun surprise to those you are sending it to, and a fun way to get your family portraits in during a time that is not as rushed and hurried.
Spring Flowers- The spring time is a beautiful time to get family portraits taken when you see all the new flowers blooming and coming to life. Send out a fun little Spring Card to your family and friends. Bonus: If you have small children, have them cut out and make paper flowers to include in your card for your family to display
Summer Fun-Summer in Michigan is one of the most favorite times because we can do so many things. We can go camping, to the beach, we can do campfires and s’mores. SO many possibilities. Why not design your family portraits around something that is a tradition to your family and then order cards that talk about it.
Thanksgiving-Fall colors are a great choice for getting family portraits taken, and many times these are used on Christmas cards. Why not make it more of a grateful card and send one letting your family and friends know that you are grateful for their love!
Christmas Card- The all traditional card that has become some what of a mad dash to send out. If you truly love Christmas cards and want to send them out but don’t want to get rushed in the process, start your process early with your photographer and get on the schedule months in advance so you know it’s there and is important. You can also pick our your holiday card design ahead of time so your photographer knows exactly what to make. The only next step is to order and send(which here we can even take care of having our lab print your mailing addresses and return addresses on the envelope for you). So no extra hassle for you!
And last but not least, I want you to remember that it is OK to not have a professional photo to put on the card. All my professional photographer friends may want to punch me after this statement. But I 100% believe it’s true. Start with the meaning of sending out the cards and then do just that. In this life, we don’t need to have picture perfect moments. We need to just cherish the moments we do have. So if this year you didn’t get that amazing family portrait that you have dreamed of, that is ok. Take a photo with your phone, and PRINT it. Do the best with what you have at the moment. Remember these moments and make sure they will be remembered for a lifetime in a printed form.
BUT if you are ready for that beautiful family portrait, I will be here for you to help you attain just that!