Posted on Dec 22nd, 2010 by Allison (Whatever)

You might get a Christmas card from me this year. But you might not. In fact, it’s likely that you won’t.

I’m sorry. Really, I am.

I actually like sending holiday cards – I like getting them. In this day and age of digital communication, there’s something special and personal about receiving a tangible, hand written/signed card in the mail. So it’s something I plan on and look forward to each year. In fact, I purchased the cards in October with the best of intentions and chances are you’re on my list. They just need to be written in, signed, address, stamped and mailed.

But, due to working 60 additional unexpected hours in November, this holiday season is not going as I had planned. It all just feels so overwhelming this year. No tree, though I have hung a garland under my mantle. After 2 weeks I finally hung a few decorations on it.

And I managed to finally make/send an advent calendar to Kennedy just in time to start the countdown to Christmas… a much bigger project than I’d initially imagined, but it turned out really cute.

Happily the holiday package for family in Costa Rica made it in time for them to enjoy a few treats and crafts for the season. So I didn’t bail on the holidays entirely… but the greeting cards will probably sit here unused this year. Maybe you’ll get a postcard from Costa Rica in January instead. No promises 🙂

But even though you might not get a card this year, I want you to know that I’m happy you’re in my life – whether in person or online.   And I hope you have a beautiful Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanza, or whatever you celebrate.

I’ll leave you with a seasonal photo of Molbak’s poinsettias in case a card is not forthcoming…

Happy Holidays! How are yours shaping up this year?

(11) Comments   


Jennifer Pearce on December 22nd, 2010 at 7:24 am

That advent calendar you made is so, so cute!!! I love it. What a talented lady you are.

We have thoroughly enjoyed that holiday package you sent to us. We had some friends sleep over with us last night and they made the ornaments and snow and washcloths with us. It was a blast! Thank you again so much. 🙂

Chris on December 22nd, 2010 at 9:22 am

I haven’t done cards this year either, maybe I’ll get my act together and do New Year’s cards. 🙁 That advent calendar is really cute, you need to post instructions for that! I hope you have a nice Christmas, Allison. *hug*

Kristin on December 22nd, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The advent calendar is way cuter in person. The photo in no way does it justice. It is awesome.

I’m sorry I missed the trip to Molbaks this year. I, too, have had an overwhelming holiday season. It has flown by and I was shocked last night to realize there are only 3 days until Christmas.

Michelle on December 22nd, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Your advent calendar is so cute…I want one. Thank you for incl a pic from Molbaks……i llove that store and have a testimony of it and know it is true. Sorry you have been so busy, have a wonderful you.

paul on December 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

You asked how our holidays are going. This year I’ve been very reflective and appreciative, almost melancholy but in a real good way. Allison, I’m very glad you are in my life. Your love and support mean alot to me. Don’t stress. We all love your cards but love you more.

Allison on December 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Paul, your sentiments made me cry. Thanks for letting me off the hook and hugs to you. I’m looking forward to some reflective time myself… probably on my long flight to Costa Rica.

And *hug* Chris, too.

Michelle – thanks for the photo card. Your family is gorgeous and growing….

The advent calendar – I sort of improvised and made it up as I went along, but when things die down a bit I’ll try to put some instructions to paper. They’ll be more like guidelines, though.

I hope Ashley will post a photo of the calendar on her blog once Kennedy has filled it with all the little ornaments. I started collecting them about 3 years go… and, at the time, planned on making 2 advent calenders (one for Brandon & family as well). It can be a challenge to find cute and tiny ornaments. But since Brandon thoughtfully moved to Costa Rica and doesn’t want to collect “stuff” – I realized this year that I had collected enough little ornaments to almost fill ONE calendar and decided this was the year to get it done. It did turn out really cute, if I do say so myself.

Irene on December 22nd, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Oh how cute or beautiful the advent calendar is. YOU are so talented and creative. I hope to see in in person, but if not… another picture.
I also loved the picture from Molbak’s that is such a fun place . Gave me some fun memories.
I’m sorry you have been so busy this past couple of months, but I hope you can rest, relax and truly enjoy your vacation to Costa Rica to be with Brandon , Jen and the girls.
I love you and I’m so glad you’re my daughter. You bring me joy.

Jana on December 22nd, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I know just how you feel. I’ve been so busy planning my Dad’s bday party for January that I didn’t get cards out or many presents bought.
So I’m sending you a basket of hugs for the holidays and enough to last the entire year!
Happy holidays my friend!

Ashley Rae on December 23rd, 2010 at 10:36 am

We absolutely LOVE the advent calendar. Kennedy has so much fun every morning pinning each new ornament on it 🙂 And don’t you worry- a blog post will be dedicated to it once it is full! It’s so beautiful. I am always amazed by your talent.

You are certainly off the hook for not sending out Christmas cards. This blog post is a fantastic substitute. Especially since you posted a picture of the Molbak poinsettias. 😀

Love you and I can’t wait to see you in beautiful Costa Rica!!

Brandon Pearce on December 24th, 2010 at 11:35 am

Thanks so much for the package, Mom! We’ve had a lot of fun with the contents, and are still enjoying the sweets.

We thought about sending paper cards this year through a service like, but got lazy and didn’t do it. I think I’ll post a little Christmas message on my blog now for everyone. 🙂

Jean on January 4th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I haven’t sent Christmas cards for years. They kept getting sent out around New Years and then valentines day.. I just finally gave up. I love you Allison and I am so greatful for your blog so I can keep connected with you from afar. You are an inspiration and I appreciate you very much.

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