A Long-Lasting Tradition

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting Christmas cards in the mail from everyone I know and love (and also those random people my parents know but I've never met). Even in a time when social media is flourishing and we see pictures of each others' families all the time, it's so nice to get a custom-designed family holiday card sent by snail mail. It's such a heart-warming tradition and I love how families choose to represent themselves on a piece of paper for all their friends and family to see. 

I've always been so excited to help design my family's Christmas card and help to address the envelopes as we send them out to our way-too-long address list. We used to struggle sorting through all the family photos to choose the best one of the year, but now, our family is only together for a few days a year, most of which we don't spend taking photos. The past couple years we've actually struggled putting together a Christmas card because of a lack of photos from which o choose. I do long for the days back when we had too much together time, but it does make me truly appreciate every second the four of us are together now, since it happens so rarely.

Holiday cards date back 150 years, to a time way before you could just click on someone's Facebook to see an update. Hand-drawn cards were sent in the 1800s before photography was accessible to everyone, and the introduction of the penny allowed for inexpensive cards to be sent among one another. Different historic holiday symbols, such as snowy scenes, Father Christmas, holly branches, and robins became popular during this time to be sent as a Christmas well-wishing, until they were eventually replaced with family photos as a chance to show off the family and represent a unique style and creativity.

We've sent a card out in the mail every year since I've been around, and here are a few of my favorites. I hope the tradition stays alive in the future, because I've had so much fun choosing photos, editing cards, and arranging the four of us into photos just to get that perfect one to send out for the holidays.

From me and mine to you and yours, happy holidays.

The year we tried to dig a hole to China...

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The year we were one with nature in the wild west...

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The year we sailed the canals of Venice...

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The year we didn't like each other enough for a picture together...

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The year we starred in a national television commercial...

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...and got a puppy!

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The year Dad got way too into Twitter...

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The year we were all over the world...

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And the year Anthony scored 9 points against the Real Deal Shockers...

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...and June ate my ice cream

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