Iâ€™ve never been the type of person that (in a relationship) likes wearing matching outfits or having pet names, or for Peteâ€™s sake, â€śCouples Photo Christmas Greeting cardsâ€ť (which usually contain both of the aforementioned items that I hate)! Itâ€™s so hokey, and sappy, and sickeningly sugaryâ€¦ whoa!
Then one day I got a Christmas photo-card from one of my lifelong friends. It wasnâ€™t just he and the missus in it, the photo showed his two kids with them around the family Christmas tree, presents, dog and all, the same sad sappy stuff youâ€™d expect, but somehow it lookedâ€¦ well, â€śrightâ€ť. It illustrated how much older his kids had gotten since Iâ€™d seen them last, it showed how happy as a family they were, and it showed me how I had to reconnect with them, so that I could never let that much time pass by us apart again! The card has hung on my fridge from that day on, and was joined by the other five or six theyâ€™ve sent since. The point Iâ€™m trying to make is that Iâ€™ve softened to the idea, but only under a few conditions.
If you are: a married couple (with, or without kids), are planning on getting married, should be married, have been together so long the entire civilized world thinks youâ€™re already marriedâ€¦ (you get the point) then by all means send out a picture of yourselves, et.al., framed by a holiday backdropâ€¦ if you donâ€™t fall under that criterion, then donâ€™t bother!
â€śWhyâ€ť, you askâ€¦ well, a) youâ€™ll look really foolish, b) youâ€™ll be wasting a sizable amount of better spent money, and c) youâ€™ll incur the wrath of all the sane, currently unattached, level thinking addresseeâ€™s that will never let you forget the year you sent a picture of yourself in a sweater that has a scene on it that echoes the vinyl winter wonderland thatâ€™s draped behind you and yours.
To quote and old Billy Squire song: â€śChristmas Is the Time to Say I Love Youâ€ť, please donâ€™t say it with a holiday card that will be a punch line for the rest of the coming year!