…okay not really. That is, unless you go to any major department store right now. Or unless maybe you go into our spare bedroom and take a peek at the bride & groom Christmas ornaments I’ve already purchased for our tree this year.
I have a sickness that I affectionately refer to as “Christmas Crazy”. I love all things Christmas. When I was young, every time I saw the 25th on the calendar, I would count the number of months left until Christmas day. As an adult, when radio stations started playing Christmas music 3 years ago the day after Halloween (aka two days after my birthday), I may have rolled my eyes and said “that’s so ridiculous!” along with everyone else…but secretly I was belting out Christmas carols on my way to work in November.
I also may have already put together a list of 5-10 different types of Christmas cookies that I want to make this year. (Recipes/reviews to come, obviously, but let’s just say one of the recipes is for caramel corn cookies. YUM.) I like to plan out which days I’m baking what, and I may or may not have that already planned as well.
And…I’ll admit it. Our Christmas tree / decor is usually up before Thanksgiving. Yep…before. Don’t worry, we close our blinds at night until December so nobody else can see our Christmas Crazy. (I’ll give you time to unsubscribe from my blog now.) You see…I used to wait until after Thanksgiving to put up my tree. But when Hubs and I first moved in together, I realized that he is a Christmas Crazy enabler. He is the one who suggested, one random Friday night aprés Thanksgiving, to go purchase a tree and put it up. Him! Granted, it didn’t take much prodding from him to get me to agree to it. So now, every year we put up our tree before Thanksgiving….because now it’s tradition.
So really, it should come as no surprise that I have already combed through the troves of photo Christmas card options, selected one lucky finalist, and placed our Christmas card order. We’ll have them on our doorstep next Friday at the latest (aka over a week before Halloween). Yay for planning ahead, right? …..Right guys?
OK, maybe I’m alone on this one (annnnd maybe I’m also alone on putting up our tree so freaking early). But I was super excited to have our wedding picture disk with high-res digital files/printing rights — they were burning a hole in my pocket. I needed to work on designing something! Originally I was going to do a design through Minted, but then realized that with the number we’d need, we would have to eat Ramen noodles for dinner for a week. Same goes for Tiny Prints. I thought about finding an Etsy vendor, but the sheer number of vendors made it a little daunting. So, I finally settled on Shutterfly. They’re reasonably priced (especially if you have some coupon codes!) and I’ve received prints from them in the past and have been happy with the quality. I figured this was a pretty safe bet.
Granted, because our wedding was in June and everything was green and lush and summer-y, they’re not exactly the most “Christmas-y” cards, but I’m really happy with the overall design and I’m excited to see them in person! Want to see ‘em?
Ahhh….it takes me right back to summer, our wedding, and everything awesome and beautiful about that day.
Are you ordering photo Christmas cards this year? Have you already ordered them, or are you a sane person (unlike myself)? Or…are there any of you out there that secretly have a little bit of Christmas Crazy in you, too? C’mon, admit it! We can start a support group.