Christmas Cards from my Cousin

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Working for 25 years for a company that produces Christmas cards has made me very aware of the cards I receive during the holidays. I like to look at the quality of paper and the original designs.  I have a cousin who is an exceptional artist and every year she designs her own cards. The cards she draws are beautiful, but they can only be appreciated by family members.

Last year she painted a beautiful likeness of our grandparents, when they were first married. It was such an amazing creation that all the cousins had the painting framed and displayed in our homes. As we got closer to the holidays I couldn’t help but wonder what the theme for her card would be this year.

When the card arrived in the mail I could not wait to open it. My first impression was that it’s just a painting of Santa. He is sitting on a recliner looking at what appears to be a list of good and bad children. As I looked further at the card I recognized my aunt’s living room, and the gentlemen with the white hair and white beard was not Santa at all. The man in the recliner was my Uncle Jim. On the inside of the card, my cousin had written at the top “My Father Christmas.” I can’t wait to see next year’s personalized Christmas cards.

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Wilfred M. September 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

I think that is such a sweet thing to do. It’s nice to see talented young people putting their skills to good use, and in a way that the whole family can appreciate it. You are very fortunate to have a cousin who cares so much and puts in all taht effort.

Jenna September 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Christmas cards like those are truly keepsakes. My daughter was interested in in making her own ink stamps one year and made several beautiful cards. Because they were in limited supply, they went only to her closest friends and family. She enjoyed the process and the people who received these one of a kind cards knew that they were special to her .

Emily W. October 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

What a great way to preserve holiday memories for many years to come! I always love the cards that people draw themselves the best each year when I receive cards from friends. Usually they just represent the individuals that send them out so anyone who knows them will understand the card. It definitely keeps me looking forward to the arrival of greeting cards each year!

Etta B. October 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

I’m really sad you don’t have scans of those cards! I’d love to see them!

samantha October 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Wow – that’s so cool. I wish I could draw or at the very least had a cousin who could. Those cards are keepsakes and should be passed on down thru the generations. I also like to scrutinize the Christmas cards i get. Every year there are at least 3 or 4 cards that are so exquisite that I save them and use them as decorations.

Isha K. October 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

That is so creative of your cousin! I just might going to steal that idea!

Veronica October 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I LOVE these ideas! It may be cool to have your kids paint or draw a christmas themed picture and use that on your card! I agree that these make great keepsakes.

Kenna J October 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

LOVE this idea… so creative and what a wonderful gift for family and friends. I wish I was talented enough to have come up with an idea like that and be able to actually design it myself!

MaryAnn Tobias October 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

I got goosebumps reading this. I think that is a wonderful idea for a way to keep families close. A real treasure. I notice myself that I spend days looking for a card that reflects the perfect greeting, but to actually have a family members face right there, Awesome!!!!

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