May the Calendar Keep Bringing…

Last year, just like every year before, I was majorly behind in my holiday preparation. With family and friends all very far away, it’s pretty self-defeating to leave everything to the last minute. For some reason, when it comes to the holidays, I set myself up for failure every single time. Unfortunately, last year was probably the worst for procrastination. I like to do the majority of my shopping online because it’s easier. That and the crowds give me heart palpitations. But you can’t shop online only a week before the big day and expect everything to arrive on time. Especially when you have to then ship everything out West. It doesn’t happen. Parcels arrive very, very late. And you look like a jackass.

This year, I am determined to get everything done by December 1st so I can relax and enjoy the season. Don’t think it’s going to happen? I wouldn’t bet on the home team this round either. But I am going to do my best. Luckily, a company called Tiny Prints is making it simple by offering a great deal for pet bloggers: 50 free photo cards in exchange for a blog post. If I don’t get my cards out in time this year, I have only myself to blame.

Nonetheless, it won’t be easy choosing a design as there a dozens of great ones to select from. It all depends on how many photos of Shiva I want to cram in. Because yes,  I am one of those dog owners who sends copious amounts of pet photos to friends and family, assuming they all care. I have more pictures of my dog than pretty much anything else anyway. If they don’t like it, too bad for them (Gotta love my sense of holiday spirit, eh?)

But I digress. I could go with something simple, like this:

Or something kind of fun, like this one:

I noticed Tiny Prints also offers some interesting gift ideas, like photo books. A friend of mine put something like that together of her trip to New York with her parents. The completed project looked awesome and it would make a lovely keepsake. With digital photography, I almost never print my photographs anymore. They all just sit on my computer – or get attached to blog posts – and are forgotten. A photo book would be a lovely way to share some of our experiences with those we don’t see very often.

Do you have any tips for getting through the holiday season with minimal stress? I have a feeling I am going to need them!

Thanks to Tiny Prints for offering this terrific deal! If you are interested in getting 50 free cards of your own, make sure to check them out!

10 thoughts on “May the Calendar Keep Bringing…

  1. That sounds really awesome. I just went and got Christmas pictures taken of me and the dogs yesterday (it was a benefit for the local Humane Society and had a great photographer doing the pictures, so how do you resist that?). They said they’ll have the proofs up for us to look at probably by tonight or tomorrow, and then I have to start deciding what cards I want to do this year. Though, I only have about 25 people to send them to normally. Unless I add in my flyball team this year, which would add another 20 people or so.

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  2. I try to get my cards and gifts sent for arrival on Dec. 6, the Feast of St. Nicholas; failing that (often) they arrive Jan. 6, Feast of the Magi: these are the two festivals celebrating gifts to the poor and the Christ Child. Will definitely check out Tiny Prints! Good luck with your cards and photos; my phone has just about only dogs on it! HA.

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  3. Well, I haven’t sent Christmas cards in years so I don’t know if my advice is worth anything.

    I do try to spend more of my gift shopping efforts on those to whom it’s really important–namely my husband’s niece and nephew. Pretty much everyone else in my life has plenty of stuff so I try to keep it simple.

    Good luck. And don’t let the guilties get to you. I’m sure everyone is happy to hear from you around the holidays whether you’re timely or not.

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  4. I was going to suggest converting to another religion, but they all have major inconveniences and drawbacks.

    That said, I have NEVER regretted not being part of the Christmas spirit. Too damn expensive! Too many obligations, too much guilt. It’s fraught, I tell you, fraught. The suicide rate rises every December. Not a joke.

    I hope the PH puts a kitten under your tree, though. 😉

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  5. We’re doing something similar with Shutterfly! You have to love free photo cards! If you’re into photo gifts, there are some companies that offer all kinds of cool gifts that can be made out of your photos from calendars to shirts, puzzles and mugs. You might be able to get a lot more mileage out of those photos than you think!

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  6. I’m glad I’m not the only one that sends out pictures of my animals as Christmas cards – they are my kids, right? I’m always busy designing everyone else’s holiday cards and always get around to mine last (& late!) I wish you success!!

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