If you are like many of the posse and me, the vast majority of Christmas cards that you receive are photo cards. With sites like Shutterfly, Minted, and Paperless Post, among countless others, photo cards at Christmas have become ubiquitous. And I love receiving them! With a picture being worth a thousand words, photo cards provide a glimpse of the lives of my friends and family both near and dear and far and wide and serve as tentacles of connection to them.
Knowing the time and energy that it takes to get the right (or the least wrong) photo and match it to the most appropriate card, I have never been able to just throw these picture cards away after the holidays. When my friends were having their babies, I wanted to hang onto the pictures in case any of the little ones became famous. Now it may be my hoarding tendencies, but trashing the pictures feels like trashing those whose images grace them.
As a result, I have annual Christmas photo piles lying in drawers, boxes and baskets throughout my house. Occasionally I have managed to corral them with my annual photo boxes, but mostly they still remain scatter about. I have never dwelled on the need to actually organize them; that is until now.
Recently I learned that our hyper-organized posse member, cFl, has tamed the photo card beast in the simplest of ways: annual Christmas card photo albums. She started collecting these in systematic fashion when she was nesting with her soon-to-be first born. Once she started the practice, it became another post-holiday item on her to-do list that she always checks off.
cFl keeps the albums nestled on her family room shelves, and we had more fun flipping through them recently and seeing how the families on those pages have grown up over the years. Photo albums have become a lost art to so many of us with all of the electronic photo storage now available. Still nothing beats holding an actual printed photo in your hand.
The proliferation of electronics has also made finding a good photo album difficult. cFl would love to have all of her Christmas card photos in matching red leather albums, but she has had little luck finding the right one. I’ll be on the hunt myself now for the perfect Christmas card photo album.
cFl has also done with her own family Christmas photo cards what I have been planning to do in my head for years with ours. Each year she frames the annual offering in a similar size on top of the same color mat and has them all hanging in a hallway. With her inspiration, I am making an early New Year’s resolution to finally get all of our cards for the last 24 years framed and hung.
Thanks for the Christmas card motivation, cFl. I feel organized already. Now if I can just get this year’s cards stuffed, addressed, stamped and out the door . . . .