Christmas Cards – Yes or No?

It’s that time of year again. If you want to do Christmas cards, you’d better get on it.

I thought for a few years that Christmas cards were dying out, but I’ve seen a resurgence lately. All of the young married couples I know are sending them, and that’s encouraging that perhaps the tradition will continue. I always thought Christmas cards were a great way to stay in touch. That has become less of an issue with social media, but there is still something about getting that card and displaying it for the weeks (or days) before Christmas.

I’m late this year. One year we cut way back on cards, and my family who live in Georgia wanted to know why they didn’t get their annual picture of our kids. So we continue.

We don’t use a professional photographer, but we do try to get a picture with the kids dressed in something other than shorts and a T-shirt. Preferably in front of the tree. This year it took forever to find a night when we actually had time for the kids to get dressed up and pose for a picture. IT turns out we took the picture the night of their Christmas band concert. They are both in white and black concert attire, so it worked.

I’ve found that the older I get, the more I like the photo cards. I know some people don’t like them, but I think it’s neat seeing how much my faraway friends’ kids have grown.

After all the sitcoms mocked the Christmas newsletters, no one really does that much anymore, but I wish that they did. It would be nice having a summary of the year. My husband mocked me the last time I tried one, so I quit.

We still haven’t uploaded our photo yet to print the cards. We ran out of time tonight. Tomorrow is it. If we don’t get them in the mail Saturday, we might as well not bother.

Curious who you should send cards to? I ran across this infographic from Grammarly that may help you. (Thank you to Grammarly,, for allowing me to pass this along.



What are your thoughts? Are you sending cards this year? Like the newsletters? Hate them? Weigh in.


How to Make it Snow

Snow on BushThose of you who live in the Northern states don’t understand us.  We all run around like crazy chickens when there’s the least hint of snow in the air. We get excited because it happens so rarely. All the schools and some businesses shut down. Not because they are scared, but because we don’t have the road equipment to clear the roads like the Northern states do.

Kids pray for snow. All kids, even the children of atheists, pray for snow. It’s a chance to get out of school, but it’s also a chance to see some of the white stuff, which we see here in the Upstate about once every three years. Kids at our local elementary school have a sure-fire method to bring on the white stuff. A friend posted this morning that his son had

put 6 white crayons in the freezer and just flushed 3 ice cubes down the toilet. Earlier today he did a “snow dance” at school. He’s now “flipping the silverware.” Tonight he plans to wear his pajamas inside out. If all performed correctly, we will have another snow day tomorrow.

At work, where we do a lot of statistical analysis, one of my colleagues asked me if my children wore their pajamas on inside-out last night, and I told her they did not. Therefore, it’s proven. Since my kids didn’t do the magical snow-bringing steps, we got no snow. That’s what we refer to in the statistics field as direct causation.

I have another friend who claims that if the weather-vane above the church in her hometown is pointing a certain direction, and the precipitation is moving in, and it’s cold enough, there will be snow. Again, these are statistically proven.

Snow on GroundWe’ve got a little on the ground. It’s not enough to do anything with, but the kids are outside dancing under the snowflakes.I promised my daughter hot chocolate when she comes in.

I’ve got to run out and get my bread and milk.