January cards. It has kind of become "a thing" for us. I just realized this was our 10th year to send them out. And I'm not going to lie... they are pretty much my favorite.
It's like I've managed one small victory over the craziness of the holiday season. Instead of freaking out about ordering Christmas cards and collecting addresses right after Thanksgiving, we totally cheat the system and wait for everyone else to send us their own holiday cards and pull addresses that way. I know, I know... we are so smart.
I also order WAY too many. I do it every year. And every year I swear I'll order less, but honestly, when it comes down to it I just can't do it. I mean really... if this is the one time a year that I connect with that old high school friend, fourth cousin, pen pal from third grade, ex-co-worker, then it's totally worth the stamp.
Speaking of stamps... I typically start buying stamps in October. A book of twenty here and another twenty there. Basically anytime I'm at the post office in the fall I grab some stamps and start stock-piling them. This definitely helps ease the cost come January.
The whole sha-bang is nothing fancy... we order the January cards from a small ma&pa print shop and pretty much use the same design every year. We switch up the photos and try to include a little blurb about what happened in our lives the prior year. We did a bit of tweaking for the 2016 card, and I used the very talented Mimik Design Co. to help make a few adjustments. LOVE how it turned out.
And now that our sweet Zara has joined our family, I simply can't help including her very own card. I mean, THAT FACE. We've done this the past 3 years and I've used Minted each time... and I'm always so, so pleased. Oh, and can we please talk for a second about the incredibly talented photographer, Irene Bibee!?! She is legit y'all. She captured our family so perfectly.
Just the other day, I rummaged through boxes and piles, attempting to collect all 10 years of January cards. I still have a few early years to find, but man, oh man, looking at our January cards all together was so cool. It was like reading the clif notes version of our lives. I'm definitely planning to pull them all together in some type of album. Do you do something similar with your family holiday cards? I'd love to hear.
So, happy January friends. Well, February now. But whatever. At least I got most of our cards in the mail before January was over:) I'm still waiting for the year these turn into February cards... it's bound to happen eventually.