Back in the day, I spent hours … HOURS … doing our Christmas cards.
Back in the day, I relished in mass-production. I had the system down. I did all the math for quantities and sizes and cuts. I created the cards with little chunks of time here and there. It was a process. A process that I loved. A process that fed my creative spirit … and my organizational spirit. That was in 2005.
And this was in 2003, mass-producing with a few friends during Thanksgiving weekend:
And every year before and in between was the same way. Mass-production of handmade cards.
Fast-forward a few years. I am SO thankful for digital-ness. So thankful that it can take me 20 minutes to make a card. No “steps” to create. No callused fingers from inserting brads. No paper cuts. No more 1,000 cuts with my trimmer. No more scoring cardstock to fold the cards.
But I have to say, as grateful as I am that I have simplified significantly … I wouldn’t change my mass-production memories for anything. Those are fond memories. Those were therapeutic and relaxing processes.
So no matter how you make your cards — digitally or intricately handmade or a handwritten note — I just love that aspect of this season, as many of us reconnect and express love and well wishes through the tradition of exchanging holiday greetings.