By Samantha Peters
The modern family is hardly a stationary unit. Everybody is busy…really busy. The typical modern family has parents who work full time and kids who go to school as well as belong to after school clubs and take after school classes. Between work, school, clubs, hobbies, friends, etc—it’s a wonder a family ever even sees each other. The holidays are a time to change all of that.
One of the best and most loved traditions of the holiday season, regardless of your religious leanings (or lack thereof) is the holiday card. The holiday card is how you touch base with the people you love and let them know what has been going on with you and your family. It is the perfect excuse to have some family togetherness time.
The first way to do this is to have each person sit down and write something short for a family newsletter that you can include with the card. This is everybody’s chance to talk about their year and the things they liked about it. Remember, though—the longer the newsletter, the more your cards will weigh. The more they weigh the more they will cost to mail.
The family photo is another staple of the holiday card. Everybody is familiar with the traditional family standing or sitting together and smiling photo. Why not do something different this year? Why not let each member of the family pick a fun or silly pose that everybody has to do and then compile those together into a collage? This way each person gets to feel like they got a say in how the photo turned out. You can even sit together at the computer and design the collage together.
Once upon a time, the next step in putting together the family’s holiday card would be a trip to the store to (fight over and) pick out the best choice among whatever the store had in stock. Today, though, you can go online and design your own cards to be printed up. The holiday cards at Invitation Box, for example, are easy to customize and personalize and won’t cost a ton of money to produce. Sit everybody down and design one together. It’s easy!
Once your cards are delivered you can then turn their construction into a family event as well. Set up an assembly line of folding newsletters, inserting them into the cards, putting the cards into envelopes, etc. Even the youngest members of the family can get in on the fun—put them in charge of sticking on return address labels or using the seal moistener on the envelopes!
Putting together your family’s holiday card doesn’t have to be a chore that takes you away from the other things you need to do. On the contrary, it can provide you and yours with some much needed family bonding and reconnecting time!
About this Author:
Samantha Peters is an avid blogger who enjoys writing about various career and job related topics. Sam manages The Education Update and lives in beautiful San Diego, California.
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