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16 December 2009

Christmas Card Making 2009

We have a little Christmas tradition in our house – we make our own Christmas cards for our immediate family members.

This used to be a really nice way for me and the kids to sit down and do a bit of craft.

We would paint each card individually, stick Christmas stickers, glue Christmas shapes, sprinkle glitter, use pipe cleaners, buttons and ribbons to create these hideous red-green-gold-silver artistic monstrosities.

But it was fun.

And the people who got the cards always went “Awww, handmade cards are always so special.”

However this year, both my children are in school… and it’s a classroom tradition to give Christmas cards to all your school friends. And yep, my kids INSISTED that they made their own cards.

So we went from making 12 special, beautiful cards to a FULL BLOWN CHRISTMAS CARD PRODUCTION LINE EMPLOYING UNDER-AGED CHILD LABOUR.

We made something crazy like 80 cards.

And when I say “we”, I actually mean I MADE 80 CARDS while the kids complained about being bored.

Christmas Card Making 2009

Thankfully I had the foresight to make the kids each paint ONE Christmas picture, so I could scan it, print multiple copies, cut them all out and paste them onto coloured paper.

My kids still got bored very quickly, so I spread the card making over several weeks.

My older child, who is 6, was pretty good with the card writing. He wrote his friend’s name, a message and his name in ALL his cards.

For my younger child, who is 4, I MADE him write his own name 30 times, and I did the rest.

I should have printed the message out as well, and made the kids stick that on too.

Then again, I SHOULD have printed out both the cover art and the message on one card, and save the cutting and pasting.

OR MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE JUST BOUGHT A PACKET OF 80 CARDS AND SAVED MYSELF ALL THAT TROUBLE BECAUSE THEY’LL ALL JUST END UP IN THE BIN ANYWAY!!

CAN EVERYBODY SAY BAH HUMBUG!!

(The cards are pretty cute though!)