As the holiday season approaches, I once again begin my search for the perfect personalized Christmas cards to send to family and friends. I love the elegance that a beautifully imprinted card portrays. Rather than simply sending the card by itself, I have made truly custom holiday cards by including a poem about the past year and what our family has been doing. My annual Christmas poem is meant to be the opposite of the traditional Christmas letter that sometimes turns into a resume of sorts and tends to look like the writer is bragging about their family accomplishments! Thankfully, my family has a good sense of humor because I tend to poke fun at each of our idiosyncrasies in my annual poem. One year, for example, I feigned surprise that our daughter had managed to keep all her fingers intact during her first semester as an architecture student building models in the woodshop. Anyone knowing Sara’s accident-prone nature surely understood the joke. Another year, after buying a small convertible car, I made fun of my “mid-life crisis” and my need to buy a younger looking vehicle in order to avoid the realities of aging.
Each year I get many comments and compliments about my whimsical Christmas poem. I love hearing the responses from family and friends because I know I have accomplished my goal of transforming the traditional card into something even more unique and memorable. The humorous spin on the year’s events has also helped our family refrain from taking life’s ups and downs too seriously. Instead it has allowed us to embrace the inevitable challenges we all face.
People send holiday greetings to let their loved ones to let them know they are thinking of them and to lift their spirits. This year, why not combine your elegant personalized Christmas cards with a little silliness and humor? After all, tis’ the season to be jolly!!