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Anyone else suffer from this disease? Or maybe it’s just meâ€¦
All I know, is that for many years I spent the weeks leading up to the holidays madly addressing cards, scouring the internet for last minute ideas and desperately searching my email to figure out who-has-who in our family gift exchanges.
Slowly, over the last few years, it’s gotten better. Here are 3 reasons why:
Focus on Simplicity
There will not be a world wide revival because of my Christmas card preparation. I realize that now.
For many years, I spent WAY too much time on my cards. Let’s see, there was the year I handwrote *all* the lyrics to Chris Rice’s Welcome To Our World on each and every Christmas card we sent out.
Because I love that song.
Perhaps a liiiiiiitle bit too much.
There was also the year I created a movie and put DVD copies in each card. Or the year…(let’s just stop there. Mmmm..k?)
Now? Picture cards. No handwriting involved. Everyone likes pictures of cute kids. And I get to spend more time with aforementioned cute kids, instead of holing myself up as I work like a mad scientist on my holiday card extravaganza.
A Little Planning
I don’t do a lot of planning, simply because we don’t do a lot. (see point #1) But I do start thinking about the holidays as soon as school starts. Schedules, gift ideas, photo for picture cards etc.
I make a simple list of the things that need to get done. And I do it early enough that just making the list feels like an accomplished task rather than a desperate attempt to save Christmas.
Keep It Easy
Finally, I keep it easy.For every project I need to get done, I break it down into small enough tasks that I don’t feel overwhelmed just looking at them.
For example, I have “Christmas cards” on my Project list and I’ve broken it down like this:
- Ask amazing sister-in-law, Diana, if she’ll take a family picture
- Schedule family picture
- Select photo card template
- Review Christmas card list
- Update addresses or add people
- Order cards
- Address 10 each day
- Have kids put on stamps and return address labels
Now that might seem a little OCD to be so detailed. I mean, why not just put “send Christmas cards?” But I’ve learned that I get overwhelmed easily. And when I feel overwhelmed by a task, I avoid it. So I make each task easy enough, that it’s almostâ€¦fun.
And it gets done. The key is to know yourself and plan accordingly.
50 Photo Card Giveaway!!
To help you with your holiday planning, I’ll be giving away 50 Christmas photo cards from The Little Card Company. They have a lovely collection of scripture inspired Christmas cards so you don’t feel the need to handwrite 5 paragraphs on 75 cards. Not that anyone would ever be crazy enough to do that. Ahem…
To enter, simply:
1. Share a holiday planning tips that works for you.
2. Visit their website and let us know which design you like best.