Despite the reality that it’s supposed to officially hit 100 degrees, chill. In less than six months it’ll be the holiday rush. Sales will be underway to be snapped up. Recipes will be dug up for those turkey and ham feasts that only seem to take place in November and December.
Great! All that can wait until the cooler weathers hit North Texas. What can’t wait are Christmas/holiday cards. Now is the time to set up plans for the hard-copy greetings.
First of all, start working on that list of folks who will receive your greetings. One well-known organized type has already started editing her massive list by sending an email checking on the current addresses.
Next, think what kind of message you want to send. Will it be light-hearted after such a stressful year? Or, will it be more serious, celebrating the compassion of the season? Will it be oriented for a specific religious denomination or more general?
As for the card itself, will it be an illustration or a photo of the family?
If it’s an illustration, check around for a good artist who would probably appreciate the business.
If it’s a family shot, there are some things to ponder:
- The photographer — North Texas has loads of ‘em. Contact your friends and ask them for suggestions. Was their photo session seamless? Did the photographer show up on time and deliver in plenty of time? Like the illustrators, the photographers are really appreciating any support for their talents and business.
- What to wear — While some will be quite comfortable having everyone wear their favorite outfit, others will want a certain look. Perhaps everyone in the All-Texas look of white long-sleeve shirts and blue jeans, or the more dramatic all-black look?
- When to do it — It may sound easy, but in these days of heat and COVID-19, getting the whole family together may make the D-Day invasion look like a walk around the block.
- Where to do it — Your photographer may have suggestions like along Turtle Creek or an area park. But you just might want to do a front porch shot that has become so popular thanks to the shelter-in-place situation.
Regardless of which type of card you want to send out, get started now so you can check that bad boy off your must-do-list. Or, you can just wait and send out a last-minute email saving the cost of a stamp and production and pray that it doesn’t get lost in an infamous spam folder.