So I’ll approach this with no shame: I love the holiday season. From Halloween through New Year’s Eve, I’m on cloud 9. For me, I’m sure it stems from happy memories of this time frame. My family is pretty close-knit, and my parents enjoy *doing it up* for holidays from highbrow to, well, Pilgrim-bear shaped salt and pepper shakers for Thanksgiving. Which both have salt and pepper in them…but I would not recommend using it.
As an adult, I’ve carried this excitement with me. It’s different, obviously, when
- Suddenly it’s coming out of *your* holiday budget, and
- Relationships become more complicated as we age
In light of the recent election, while I’ve not severed any relationships, there are a few longstanding friendships that I view a little differently (I’m not happy to admit this increased wariness, but there it is). However, I’m not letting it get me down, particularly when it comes to the most dreaded/loved tradition: holiday cards.
I prefer to *make* my own cards. And by *make* I mean design and order, with someone else’s machines creating the product. I choose my messaging, let’s say. Paper Source is one of my favorite retailers when it comes to anything crafty or crafty-looking, but this year was a little troublesome. I ordered new stationary from them, and upon arrival, the package was missing some envelopes. No problem, I called and they sent them. This past batch–with my custom card edits–the first package was never delivered, and then somehow damaged beyond repair. I wound up having to pay for ANOTHER batch. So a bit of a damper…but not worth dwelling on.
Back to messaging.
As an INTJ, the written word is my strongest form of communication. I love taking the time to write something that’s meaningful, especially at this time of year, in the sea of pre-printed messages and address labels. You could get away without even picking up a pen in this day and age, and that’s not my style.
This year, I opted to do more of a postcard-style greeting. The template is actually this personalized stationary, not a preset holiday card. When it came to selecting the words that would appear across the top, I came up with some criteria–
- Recognizable but not overly done in that Holly Jolly model
- A little evocative, but more on the cheerful than wistful end of things
- Something tangible and uplifting
I strolled through a website of holiday song lyrics, and compiled my favorites in a list before landing on this singular verse from “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Whether the singer in your mind has the gravity of Frank Sinatra or the wavering delicateness of Judy Garland, it’s a line that serves as a reminder to all that, even in this acrimonious age, this too shall pass.