No Christmas card this year? It’s totally understandable, with all you have going on (how’s the house sale going?), but I’m bummed. I always love seeing your designs.
That right there made me second guess my decision. I mean, I knew I was being melodramatic for caring so much about a silly little card, but it broke my designer’s heart a little bit to know that there were people out there that were anticipating and relying on the annual gesture.
However, waiting until January to design the card actually freed up some time around Christmas for other pressing tasks like getting our house in market-ready condition and focusing on everything else that came with holiday prep.
I was thrilled when I finally got the green light from Troy to get the cards printed and sent out the third week of January. I’m sure holiday cards were packed away long before our friends and family received our card but I just couldn’t let the annual correspondence go altogether.
And so, with that incredibly long disclaimer, I present our 2014
Christmas New Year’s card.
I want you all to know that, although it would have been too personal, raw, vulnerable—and probably would have brought intrusive but well-intentioned efforts to help—I wouldn’t love you any less if your Christmas Card letters had fessed up to the hard things in your life—that last year you felt lonely or infertile or inadequate, doubted your faith or marriage or self, that you grappled with a miscarriage or depression or debt or unemployment or parenting or addiction, and that, while you had many, many joys to celebrate and triumphantly overcame much adversity, there’s still an abundance out there with no end in sight. Just so you know.