For over a decade, I’ve been designing my own holiday cards.
It started with a silly Photoshop job that made it look like my husband and I were hanging miniature versions of the family pets on the Christmas tree.
Then there was the year I Photoshopped a rather bizarre mistletoe love-fest with the dogs French kissing and a cat humping my husband’s leg.
There were innocent ones with the pets devouring gingerbread versions of the humans or pulling us in a sleigh over the mountains, and the not-so-innocent ones like the card that showed me flipping off Santa upon hearing the results of the naughty/nice decision.
Some of the most recent cards have included the following (and yes, I’m disguising my husband’s face and name to protect the somewhat innocent):
So now that you see what my holiday cards are like, let me give you a piece of advice: don’t ever do this.
The problem when you start doing something silly and creative like this is that you’re never allowed to stop. I once told a few people I was considering buying a box of generic cards at the store, and you would have thought from their reactions I’d suggested urinating on the nativity scene at church.
Part of me still enjoys the creative challenge, and the fact that so many friends and loved ones seem to enjoy the cards. In case you hadn’t noticed, I kind of like making people laugh.
But part of me—the creative part—has been feeling a bit depleted.
Our mailbox is already filling up with holiday cards from others, so I’m beginning to fret. Do I continue this tradition I’ve established and come up with another Photoshopped card, or do I let it slide this year? And if I do continue, does anyone have any creative ideas to lend me?
Hurry and tell me what you think. Christmas is coming and the pets are getting restless.