Our Holiday Card
One of my favorite holiday traditions is creating and sending out the annual holiday card. I spend time thinking about the message that we will send out to our family and friends, and I try to be very thoughtful about the layout and photos that we use. I began sending out cards in 2006 when I started my first grown-up job after law school. Someone suggested that it was a great way to build and foster your network. While some of that is true, I mostly enjoy the idea of dropping some holiday cheer in someone's mailbox during December. In this time of electronic everything, isn't it nice to just receive a personalized piece of mail from time to time? And when that mail is in the form of lovely family portraits and updates on what your favorite people have been up to, well I think that's just icing on the cake.
This year we thought about doing formal photographs for the card, but then the hurricane dashed those hopes. Instead of scrapping the holiday card idea, we decided that it was more important to keep our tradition alive and less important to spend a ton on professional shots when we just had higher priorities. So I scoured our collection of phone photos to find the ones that best captured how we felt at the time. After narrowing it down, we decided the main photo would be one taken from a friend's promotion party - for no particular reason other than it was nice enough and we both looked pleasantly satisfied! I stressed a bit about using a photo where people were in the background, but then I quickly lost interest in caring about that! The last two years we've also included a recap of sorts on the back of the card detailing goings on during the past year and including additional photos.
Overall, we are happy with how the 2017 card came out. Here it is, if you'd like to see: