Every year around Thanksgiving my office starts looking like someone is making a serious T Anthony collaged photo book. (Anyone who has put together one of the large scrapbooks with the 100 pages knows how many photos it takes to actually fill one of the big ones with the gold monogram in the lower corner!)
We have piles and piles of photographs in order waiting to be mounted
We have piles and piles of photographs in order waiting to be mounted to holiday cards which come in daily to be assembled and shipped off to their families to send out to their friends and families for the holidays.
I love this tradition. Every year I am privileged to get to see one or more of what each client’s family thinks is one of the best photos of their children or families together. I get to spend every day looking at happy beautiful-on-the-inside people enjoying being together. Many of the photos are taken on location in a place that is meaningful to the families- summer spots passed down through generations, and you can feel the love that comes through those pictures.
Some family photos are taken during some wild amazing adventure
Some family photos are taken during some wild amazing adventure- Tanzania or Mt Kilimanjaro or Machu Picchu- places to which I’ve never been but would love to see someday. (In fact, one client’s amazing photographs last year from their family trip inspired my family’s spring break destination of an African safari and she was so kind to share her itinerary and so many other pieces of information.
I just love holiday cards, and I am thankful that I get to be part of this wonderful tradition we have in our country to send cards, mostly with pictures of our families, to friends around the world. I love knowing how my friends’ children are growing up, even if I only see them occasionally because they live on the other coast. I love seeing photographs of new babies and weddings. And, I have some clients for whom I’ve been doing cards for so long they now have grandchildren and it’s wonderful to see those families growing.
When there are so many things to feel negative or uncertain about in the world, at Thanksgiving I am really grateful for Holiday Cards and these wonderful happy family photographs I get to see daily throughout this season. Personally, some years I really feel like the whole “holiday card” thing can be a pain- having to take the photo, get the card, deal with the awful address list (Who sent me one last I didn’t send to, adding them in, updating addresses), figure out postage. However, I know from experience that those happy photographs bring joy to so many people that I think it’s worth it.
In a world where everything is over email or Instagram, receiving actual holiday cards in the mail is a really wonderful tradition that every single person I know loves. Whether you mount holiday cards you receive on ribbon and hang them your library, (like me) put them up on your mantle, (like my mother) or pile them all in a bowl to sift through (like my kids’ grandmother), seeing those smiling faces is really part of the joy of the Holidays, and it’s something you can touch and feel and keep out for the entire holiday season- they don’t disappear like an email you receive. Happy Thanksgiving from Pickett’s Press!
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