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!