I wrote a really depressing post yesterday and then I felt a bit lighter and decided to leave it in the saved folder for a while. In lieu of the heavyweight contender for the Most Depressing Post of 2007, I give you this, our Christmas card (edited, of course):
Gorgeous, right? And I'm not just talking about the children. ;) My friend Heather has made our cards for two years and I am always thrilled with the results. In the past I've done the canned, printable or orderable cards from various online sites, but they don't compare with the work Heather has done for us. This is (an edited version of) last year's card:
I don't think I've ever recommended any sort of product or service here on the blog, but because it is Christmas and I know people are in the market for these things, I thought I'd pass this tip along. She does premades and customs, and the prices are really good for the level of work she does. I feel much better about supporting another mother at Christmas time rather than purchasing a sub-par product from any of the major companies that similar services. So if you are in the market, I can't recommend her enough.
And as for my other Christmas secret? Our tree really isn't that big. We have it on top of the table so as to keep certain little hands (ahem, KayTar) from making the lovely ornaments her personal juggling balls.
We have a huge solid wood table that seats eight (and has extra leaves that can be added in) and we are only four, so we barely miss the space and it really does keep little hands to themselves, mostly. And it makes tons of room for gifts, as evidenced in last year's photos.
For the record, these were not all OUR gifts. My parents spend Christmas Eve with us and bring all their own gifts along, more than doubling the gifts under the tree. But the Tree on a Table really helps to accommodate things.
And this would be where I wrote some sort of wrap-uppy sentence or two, but my brain isn't working, so let's just pretend that's what I did, okay? And if you are looking for some meaty brain food, make sure to drop by the Just Posts today. It is the first anniversary of the social justice marriage of two ladies that I love dearly. Stop by and take part of all that big hearted goodness.