Over on my FaceBook page we’ve been talking about this new phenomenon of the family photograph-as-Christmas-card. I am bemoaning the loss of the beautiful, shared symbols of Christmas that used to arrive with the cards– the wise men, the nativity scene, the angels, the fir trees, et al. While I love my friends and their children and enjoy seeing photos of them, I miss the special holiday cards with lovely art on the front and (dare we hope?) a phrase or two penned by an actual human hand inside.
I just don’t really understand it. Since most of us can easily share photographs via e-mail and FaceBook or other social networking sites, I say Bring Back the Christmas Card!! Support a local artist! I have done just that this year and purchased my Christmas cards from Martha’s Vineyard artist Daniel A. Waters. Sadly, Mr. Waters doesn’t seem to offer Christmas cards on his website but if you love these, I bet you could contact him and he’d send you some next year. They’re printed in gold ink on thick ivory paper with ripped edges. $15 for six. Not cheap, but these are printed individually and are frameable art.
If you must send out the photo-cards, may I make a plea on behalf of all of us who are thinking this but too timid to say it? INCLUDE YOURSELF IN THE PHOTO!! Yes, I love seeing how my friend’s children are growing up. But darn it, I want to see them, too!! And watching you wrinkle and lose your hair and waistline is half the fun… it says that we’re all growing older together.