Monday, October 15, 2012

a blue Christmas card + a $50 tiny prints give-away

I don't send out a Christmas newletter, but if I did this year's would be short and sweet:  2012 Sucked

I do, however,  send out Christmas Cards Christmas cards
.   In fact, I am kind of a super nerd about creating my own greeting.  With December looming in on what's been kind of a crap 2012, I'm already thinking What kind of card will I send THIS year?  That's why (yes - in mid-October) I've been clicking through cards at Tiny Prints to see if I can make some of the very cute, clever design options work in my favor. Greeting card writers may not pen a message that says, Let's call this year a wash and start fresh in 2013...but thanks to the ability to customize at Tiny Prints, I can.....



If you're feeling a little blue during the holidays, I think it's fine if your card reflects that.  Not every year brings memories you want to commemorate with an ornament, and that's fine. That's just life.

Years ago, I was talking to my minister because I was just sad. I couldn't explain why I felt so down and generally lonely because, aside from the mysterious gloom I was hosting, my life was good.  I couldn't  pinpoint what was even causing this heavy cloud over my seemingly happy world, and being able to recognize my good fortune only created guilt.  The guilt for feeling bad made me feel even worse. In short, I was depressed PLUS depressed about being depressed.

     "What's the worst kind of pain?" my minister asked me.

Without really thinking, I answered with a question.  
      
     "Losing a child?"

    "You're wrong," she told me, "the worst kind of pain is your own."


While I know fate has been even more unkind to others this year, it's been our crummy year, our pain. And...it's our Christmas card, so I am giving myself permission to take on a bahhumbug theme if come December I still feel this way.

I do have some good news, though....and it does make me very jolly.


TINY PRINTS IS GIVING AWAY $50 TO ONE I DO DECLARE READER!



Here's how can you win:  Fill in the blank of this sentence in the comment section below...

 I would be most excited to receive a holiday card from ___________. 

I'll tell you, for me, it's probably the Witherspoon-Toths. I'm curious about a lot of things. Like, is that baby really going to be called Tennessee; do Ava + Deacon get to dress hipster even in the Christmas card; are Reese + Jim in it, or just the children; formal photo or candid; auto sig or personalized in red ink? I feel like the card would reveal SO much.  

I'll name a winner on October 29th - good luck! Oh, and if you don't win, you can still take advantage of some great Tiny Prints discounts and promotions - click here

Tiny Prints sponsored this post and promotion. 

28 comments:

Dee Stephens said...

Love this post! I love the card you created too!! YOu're so clever!

Dee Stephens said...

Oh, I would like to be on Honey Boo Boo's family Christmas card list. Think they send out cards?

Carrie C said...

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds...I wonder if they would use a wedding photo? Or something casual-on the steps of one of their many homes..with dogs-naturally.

I Do Declare said...

Good one, CLC - I didnt even think about the Lively-Reynolds!!!!

Patrick said...

Adam Levine...

Unknown said...

If I could be on any person's holiday card list it would be...

Rick Bayless's holiday card list

Hopefully he sends out food and recipes with his cards!

Jenni said...

GOOP! I mean- was there any doubt???

Jenni said...
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Jenni said...

GOOP- was there any doubt?

Natalie said...

I want to be on the Royal Family's Christmas card!!!

love along the way said...

One Word. Dolly. Because it's gonna be a Hard Candy Christmas.

Katie said...

I want to be on KStew and RPattz's Christmas card list just to see what sort of ambivalent, hipster, slightly dirty holiday card they come up with.

"Merry Effin' Christmas, or Whatever"

I have a feeling that your 2013 is going to kick 2012 in the balls with it's awesomeness, Patra!

KathleenJ said...

This is an impossibly diffcult choice for me... I choose Lindsay Lohan. What a hot mess of a read that would be!
Dear Friends: Happy Holidays! As you may know, this year has been filled with ups and downs for me and my drama-filled family... I wish I could go on but my parole officer says these might be taken into evidence... xoxo LiLo

Deviled Megs said...

I read today that they are calling him Tenney for short....not sure I like that all the much better.

I, for one, would LOVE someone sending me a bah humbug card. EMBRACE it. Feelings are never wrong or right. They are feelings....they are what they are. And we should all be thankful we're alive to have them, right?

Sending good thoughts your way.

Sarah Morgan Thompson said...

Love Chloe snoozing it up, sometimes I wish Molly would sleep for the rest of 2012. Then I wouldn't have to take her to daycare every dang day. Humm, I think I would like to receive all the real housewives Christmas cards. The sad part is I know more about their lives than some of my friends-guess I have a resolution for 2013! Hope y'all are able to close out 2012 with glad tidings of cheer (so corny I know).

Brooke said...

Aaron Rodgers

brookehell at gmail dotcom

Amanda said...

I would be most excited to receive a holiday card from @HonestToddler.

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Great post, and I"m sorry you've had a baby year.

Who would I like to get a Christmas card from??

I would like to see Will and Kate's personal Christmas card.

Would love to win this. Love the Tennessee comment.

Leigh

Heather said...

Sorry this wasn't a great year. Your minister is very wise.

As for the card - Erma Bombeck. I would love to have a Christmas letter from her, too. But she's no longer living, so that's kind of a problem.

The Southern Fried Bride said...

You! :)

Gina Wildorchid said...

I would be most excited to receive a holiday card from my cousin and family with their new baby boy!

Thanks for the cool giveaway!

wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

AnnieLaurie Walters said...

Nayley. Because I am dying to see how the kids look andNathan is HOTT!!!!!!

AnnieLaurie Walters said...

Nayley. I need to see Jamie and Lydia plus Nathan is HOTT! #OTH4eva

Anonymous said...

I would love to be on Ben Affleck and Jen Garner's list!

Alayna said...

I'd most want a card from Kim K. The Kardashian cards look amaaaazing every year. Yes, I'm ashamed, but it's the trust. Alayna; alaynagilliam@hotmail.com

Whitney and the Preppy Puppies said...

I would love to receive a card from the Obamas. It will be their last one from the White House and I'm sure a collectors item. ;-)

Unknown said...

I would love a card from Honey Boo Boo's family. I love a good pageant, and pageants + Honey Boo Boo makes for an interesting television choice.

Landlocked Mermaid said...

I Love this!! I would love to receive a card from Bono and his wife Ali and their four children. I am obsessed with Bono and anything that he would sign and send good wishes my way would surely make my holidays brighter. We are going to make 2013 nice and shiny sister. I am going to get some dates on the books for you, MCW and Miss Mindless to come over.. hugs xoxo

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