I’m sitting here at my computer in my kitchen with a cup of coffee feeding 7 x 10 scored card stock paper through my printer. I’m making my own Christmas cards this year. I’ve got to admit that I have a problem with Christmas, not the holiday itself as much as the commercial frenzy we’ve made of it. The Black Friday hysteria. The expectation that we need to spend lots of money on the perfect gifts. The stores decorated since Halloween. I do what I can to ignore all that. I tune out commercial TV and radio and all the ads. Pandora internet radio and streaming shows on Netflix are great commercial free alternatives. I shop online and avoid the shopping mall circus, but I do that year round anyway. Sorry, I’m getting off topic.
Sending (and receiving) cards is one of the best things about Christmas. Who doesn’t love getting a card? They’re sweet “I’m thinking about you” messages. They bring some peace into the season. They make a great holiday display too, arrayed on a table or taped onto a banister.
Last December I went on a field trip with my camera club to Antietam National Battlefield to shoot the annual luminary lighting. Volunteers place 26,000 luminaries on the battlefield, one for each fallen or wounded soldier in the bloodiest single battle of the Civil War. It’s beautiful and solemn. I’m using one of my photos from that trip on the front of my Christmas card. Not this one. I want to surprise those of you on my card list, but here’s a view of the event.
I used a program called Pages on my Mac to design my card. It’s not exactly a traditional card. It’s dark, like winter, and more than hints at the sacrifices made to keep our country together. But it also has light shining into the darkness, and that’s really what Christmas is about. Under the photo, I put “Wishing you peace and joy” in a font called Zapfino. It took a bit of time and patience to get my printer to handle the card properly, but I think I’m pleased with the result. It is pretty amazing that I can do this right here in my kitchen!
Wishing you peace and joy,