With Halloween and Election day behind us, I think that means its officially time to start thinking of the best holiday of the year: Christmas.
(Saks Fifth Avenue, Dec 2006)
I know, I know - many of you out there will say its too early. I know all you grinches who complain when you hear Christmas music in the stores or decorations going up before the twelfth month is upon us. But not me: I love Christmas.
Think of the beauty of a city lit up with twinkly lights and greenery. The fun of giving and receiving gifts. Cheery music with a message of joy to all. George Bailey running home to hug his wife and kids. Christmas is symbolic of all the best things about humanity. What could be more wonderful?
Restyled home started off the season with a great post that rings in the spirit. I hope I can live her advice to prepare in November and enjoy in December.
My first order of business is to work on my holiday "cards" for 2008. I tend to go a little overboard with my holiday mailings. No hallmark cards from me. Last year I sent out a package of mixed greeting cards that I designed and packaged wishing everyone happy occassions to celebrate all year:
The year before that I sent out a trifold of good luck wishes along with a lotto ticket (can't find the photo of that one). In 2005, I sent out a little box with "sweet" holiday wishes and Christmas pez
And in 2004 I sent out a holiday music cd in a personalized tin
So you probably get the idea - I take christmas cards seriously. And I love to receive all kinds of cards too. I don't get nearly as many as I would like now that its a lot less popular of a tradition with people our age but Im hoping I can re-start a trend.
And speaking of Christmas cards, isn't this a fabulous idea for displaying cards?
(courtesy of the now defunct Blueprint mag)
Not sure if I'll have time or the need for such an elaborate display but I think its a great idea.