So Christmas is nearly a week away and we don’t have cards yet.
I can hear my mother in the back of my head saying what she got so very talented at saying while I was growing up, “You shouldn’t wait for the last minute.”
Procrastination and I, we’ve been buddies for a long, long time. I’d hate to admit it, but my long-term relationship with the little devil that goes by that name is one of the reasons I enjoy newspaper journalism so much. I have daily deadlines. I can’t let something wallow around waiting weeks and weeks until it is due.
So, back to Christmas cards, I have of course waited until the last minute and realized I really need to get something done. Of course Michael and I tossed around a few ideas the last week or so but never got around to doing anything.
Procrastination got the best of me for a few years. One year the cards got sent out but ended up being “Happy New Year” cards instead of Merry Christmas. Another year, I bought, wrote in and addressed all the cards. To this day they sit in a box sealed and addressed and never mailed. I can’t bring myself to throw them away and at times am tempted to dig them out, slap a stamp on them and mail them out in July with no recollection of what personal message from four years ago the cards may contain.
Sunday night Michael and I decided we WERE going to get our act together and send something out. And then, on Monday, we actually did something about it deciding that we had NO time to order cutesie photo cards. So we (mostly Michael really) wrote and designed a little family newsletter, mostly talking about how hilarious our kid is.
I sent the letter off to a local printing company to be picked up tomorrow. Let’s just hope they make it in the mail by Friday!
Do you do Christmas cards? Newsletters? Photos? Do you enjoy receiving them? What’s your strategy to stick with self-imposed deadlines?